Code Community: An Assistive Technology Intensive




July 15 - August 3, 2018

Develop basic computer programming and electronic hardware literacy in pursuit of enriching the lives of children with disabilities and medically complex needs.

In small teams, students will work in collaboration with children and therapists from a local pediatric center to design, ideate, and present initial iterations and prototypes of assistive technology devices for the center. In courses with faculty, students will learn not only fundamental programming and hardware skills, but also project-planning by taking a design challenge from conception to prototype in just three weeks. Students should be passionate about human-centered, collaborative design and learning, as well as hold a strong desire to explore the possibilities and limitations of technology.

We welcome students entering the 10th, 11th, or 12th grades the following fall. Students must be age 15 or older at the start of the program. Commuter and residential options are available.


Courses for 2018 will be announced this winter.

Sample Projects

  • Adapting games to a child’s abilities while taking into considerations their constraints

  • Developing a virtual music space

  • Prototyping a sensory toy that can be used by children with varying abilities

  • Creating individualized solutions for challenges each child faces

Sample Schedule

Students should expect to be in class from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and working on projects in the evenings and over the weekend. There will be weekly trips to the pediatric center to work in groups directly with the children.

There also is an end-of-program showcase of what has been created during the program, held on the Sarah Lawrence campus, to which friends and family are invited. A more detailed schedule will be released to enrolled students closer to the program start date.

Program Costs

Registration fee $50
Deposit $250
Remaining tuition $2588
Non-A/C Housing $1950
A/C Housing $2390
Meal Plan

$987 (full)

$357 (lunch only)

Students are strongly encourage to bring their own laptop.