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Finalist 2016 National Australian Disability Awards

Sonokids Australia’s Ballyland Early Learning Software was a Finalist for the 2016 National Australian Disability Awards, in the category Excellence in Accessible Technology.


Finalist Apps for All Challenge

Stay Still, Squeaky!” was shortlisted as finalist in the ‘Most Accessible Children’s App’ category of the 2015 ‘Apps for All Challenge’ awards, by the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN). The Apps For All Challenge is Australia's only competition that awards the most accessible smartphone and tablet apps.


AMP Tomorrow Maker 2014

The AMP Tomorrow Fund program has recognised Phia Damsma as a "Tomorrow Maker" with a dream of creating a better tomorrow for everyone. The AMP Tomorrow Fund grant was awarded to help expand Ballyland into an even more complete educational resource: Teaching technology skills to young children, with and without a disability, including children who are blind or have low vision. Thank you, AMP!


Winner Gold Coast Women in Business Awards Roma Blair Special Commendation Award 2013

"Presented to Phia Damsma in recognition of outstanding determination, dedication and leadership"


Winner Yahoo! ’Internet for Good’ Gold Standard Award 2012

Sonokids Australia has become the first organisation recognised in the new "Yahoo! Internet for Good Award" which forms part of The Gold Standard Awards programme by Public Affairs Asia.
Sonokids secured the award for the All Abilities ePlayground project.
The award was presented by Kuek Yu Chuang, regional director of public policy at Yahoo! Asia Pacific, to Phia Damsma, the director of Sonokids Australia at a gala reception held at The Foreign Correspondents’ Club in Hong Kong on December 6 2012.
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State Finalist Inclusive Community Champion Awards 2012

During an awards ceremony on Friday 16 November 2012 at Government House,
Queensland Governor and Spinal Injuries Association Patron Her Excellency Ms Penelope Wensley AC, presented Phia Damsma, of Sonokids Australia, with the Inclusive Community Champions State Finalists Award.
These Awards, organised by the Spinal Injuries Association (Australia), recognise and acknowledge services, venues and people that are contributing to the development of an Inclusive Community.

Winner Regional Inclusive Community Champion Individual Award 2012

On 10 October 2012, Phia Damsma, Co-founder and Director of Sonokids, received the Inclusive Community Champion Individual Award 2012 from Gold Coast City Council mayor Tom Tate (Queensland, Australia). These Awards, organised by the Spinal Injuries Association, recognise and acknowledge services, venues and people that are contributing to the development of an Inclusive Community.

Winner Women in Technology Professional Award 2012

On 7 September 2012, Phia Damsma, Co-founder and Director of Sonokids, was announced as the winner of the Women in Technology 2012 Professional Award in the 15th Annual WiT Awards. These awards aim to promote and showcase the achievements of women in the technology industries.

This award is also an acknowledgement and show of appreciation of Sonokids' mission to support children and young people with a disability participate fully in society, through the creation of innovative computer programs that teach and support technology skills that will benefit their education, social life, and future employment.

Finalist ANZIA's

Sonokids Australia was a finalist in the Internet Access & Digital Skills category of the Australia & New Zealand Internet Awards (ANZIAs)2012.

These annual awards celebrate the achievements of organisations, businesses and individuals that have made significant contributions to the development and use of the Internet in Australia and New Zealand.

Honorable Mention 2012-2013 Readers’ Choice Awards

by eSchool Media (USA), honoring the best products and services in education technology.


Finalist Design for All Awards 2011

Sonokids’ All Abilities ePlayground was proudly presented with a second place in the NGO Category of the International Design for All Foundation’s Award competition 2011. These awards aim to recognise and highlight examples of best practice in different areas of Design for All at an international level.

This year’s Awards contest stood out both for the quality of the submitted design projects as well as for the stringent demands imposed by the jury, consisting of an international group of experts in Design for All.

The Awards ceremony took place in the Valderrobles Town Hall in El Poble Espanyol in Barcelona, Spain.

This great achievement is an important acknowledgement by a renowned field of international experts of the unique accessible design of the ePlayground, a play space for all children to enjoy, explore, to share and to be empowered by.


2 x Good Practice Label

The Sonokids' projects All Abilities ePlayground and RadaR the Eargame have received the Access-IT 2009 Label of Good Practice, an acknowledgment of the high standards of accessibility and an important recognition in this area.

Finalist EU Festival of Learning

As a finalist for the prestigious International Award 2009 Sonokids Foundation received a certificate of appreciation for its contribution to the European project ‘Discovery and Education Via Art’.
Stichting Volkshogeschoolwerk in The Netherlands each year awards an International Prize to a Dutch organization that contributes its expertise to benefit innovative projects in the field of adult education on an international scale. Sonokids and projectpartner International Association for Intercultural Education (joint nominee for DEVA) are proud to be considered for this important international award for Lifelong Learning projects.
For information on Sonokids' contribution to the Partnership which developed DEVA, please see 'Products and Services'.


Three young students of the Royal Blind School in Edinburgh, Scotland won The Childnet Academy competition 2005. They entered their website which they created with the Sonokids accessible webtool MaX.
The 2005 Academy received over 220 project entries from 49 countries. The prize was a trip for one student (accompanied by an adult) to Jamaica to participate in the ChildNet Academy plus money to pay for the website to be developed further. See Schools Category winners 2005 at

This is an excellent example of how young people can use the internet to raise awareness of an important issue and offer a platform for other children's voices and provide practical positive advice. We loved the choice of backgrounds feature which aids the visibility on the different screens and it is clear that the site has a real opportunity to transform the lives of children with visual impairments. There is already a section in Dutch and with help from the Academy this site could truly become an international resource for young blind students sharing and collaborating around the world.
Academy Judges

The Sonokids team is very proud of the great work of these students. The prize is well deserved!


The RadaR audioplay is performed for a live audience at the Musicday of the Dutch Federation of Parents of Visual Impaired (FOVIG). The audience listens captivated during the 40 minutes play. Young children lie down on the floor, listening to the adventures of Mo, Mik and Max. The SOS8 system assembled for this event was sponsored by Philips Research Eindhoven, the Netherlands [picture]

Christiaan Luteijn graduated with Prof. Vanessa Evers of the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on his research about the Sonokids community website.

The song "Dansen op de Oceaan" from Dutch RadaR is played at Dutch radio for the first time.


The Second year class of the Royal Blind School in Edinburgh, Scotland wins the Tesco award 'Computers for Schools Regional Winners' for their work with webtool Max version 1.0. [picture]

Sonokids was one of the five finalists (laureates) nominated for the prestiguous SWIFT-Prize of the Belgium King Baudouin Foundation for "Technology connecting people".

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