Excellence in Accessible Tech Education
Sonokids develops accessible software and apps that support the development of digital skills by people who are blind or visually impaired. The innovative, accessible software and apps are engaging and fun, as well as educational. Sonokids was a Finalist in ‘Excellence in Accessible Technology’ in the 2016 National Australian Disability Awards.
For young children who are blind or have low vision, Sonokids develops Ballyland. Sonokids’ Ballyland Early Learning Software series for children who are blind or have low vision is accessible and fun for all children, including those with a disability (Inclusive Design).
For adolescents and older learners of digital skills, Sonokids also develops software and iPad game apps, such as the engaging VO Lab app to learn VoiceOver skills.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull watched the presentation
during the awards ceremony in Parliament House, Canberra.
Interview about the Ballyland Magic app for RPH Radio’s programme New Horizons, episode 454 (June 2016) by Vaughn Bennison. The interview with Phia Damsma took place during the Round Table Conference on Information Access for People with Print Disabilities, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.
Terry O'Neill interviews Phia for Lookaround on 4RPH Radio (April 2016). Radio Interview with Phia Damsma from Sonokids Australia. Talking about Sonokids' work with creating apps and software that are accessible to children who are blind.
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Inclusive Design Tech Training
Hayden (6), who is blind, enjoys his first computer experience by playing Ballyland.
With Sonokids’ Ballyland software, children with vision impairment can play and develop foundation technology skills together with their sighted friends and siblings.
Ballyland empowers children by building their technology skills.
For the full range of Ballyland software range of early technology training, please visit www.ballyland.com
Sonokids is an international not-for-profit organisation.
Sonokids applies so-called ‘Ludic Design for All’ to the creation of innovative online applications in order to offer all children a learning experience which is enhanced by an element of play. Sonokids develops web- and sound tools and applications compliant with the principles of Design for All that are fun and educational at the same time, compatible with magnification software, screenreader software and refreshable Braille displays, and fully accessible to users who are blind or have low vision.