Excellence in Accessible Technology
Sonokids develops innovative, educational software that is accessible and fun for children, including those with a disability (Inclusive Design). Sonokids’ software and apps support the development of digital skills, and are particularly designed for use by children who are blind or have low vision.
The merit of Sonokids’ Ballyland Early Learning Software for children who are blind or have low vision was recognized with a nomination for ‘Excellence in Accessible Technology’ in the 2016 National Australian Disability Awards.
The Ballyland series have since been expanded yet again, with the release of the new game app Ballyland Rotor. Ballyland now offers two innovative apps that support children’s learning of iOS VoiceOver touch gestures. The successful learning outcome of both apps has already been widely acclaimed.
More info about the apps: www.ballyland.com
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.