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Selection of publications, presentations and workshops

28 June 2017. John Norgaard and Phia Damsma present ‘Gamification, or how to engage visually impaired learners’ at 'Better Together' for Vision 2017 Conference, The Hague, The Netherlands

8 May 2017. Phia Damsma presents 'Mobile Learning by way of Games: An Insight into Accessible Gamification' for the 2017 Conference of the Round Table on Information Access for People with Print Disabilities. Perth, WA, Australia

28-29 April 2017. Phia Damsma presents Sonokids’ Ballyland software and apps at InsightOut Bacchus Marsh Grammar Open Day for Insight Education Centre for the Blind and Vision Impaired, Melbourne, Australia

11 January 2017. Phia Damsma presents Touch, Flick, Learn: A Hands-on Approach to Technology Education for Young Students with Vision Impairment. 2017 Biennial Conference of South Pacific Educators in Vision Impairment Inc, Brisbane, Australia

13 July and 31 June 2016. Training workshop Ballyland Magic app for staff Vision Australia Queensland. Phia Damsma

29th May 2016. Phia Damsma presents and gives all-day workshops at STEMed, one day festival of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education for the future, bringing together experts, advocates, industry, educators, parents and youth. “Technology for Community & Disability Services”, Brisbane, Australia

16 May 2016. Paper presentation by Phia Damsma for 2016 Conference of the Round Table on Information Access for People with Print Disabilities. Title: A touch different: The Ballyland Magic app, or how to introduce young children with vision impairment to mobile touch screen technology. Melbourne, Australia

16 March 2016, training workshop in Ballyland resources for computer mentors of LinkVision. Phia Damsma,Brisbane, Australia

17 September 2015. Paper presentation for VISCON, biennial conference for educators, school support staff, therapists and stakeholders who support students with vision loss. RIDBC Renwick Centre, Sydney, Australia. Title: Closing the gap – supporting young children with vision impairment in their learning of mobile touch screen technology skills. Ana Radis, Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children, Coordinator, Early Learning Program (Vision Impairment), and Phia Damsma, Sonokids

2 June 2015. Phia Damsma presents at the ‘Flashes of Inspiration’ session of AMP’s Amplify Festival of Innovation & Thought Leadership, Sydney, Australia.

1 June 2015, Sonokids Ballyland at the Amplify Festival Expo in Sydney, Australia

28 March 2015. Phia Damsma gives a technology workshop for students attending Braille Club, at Braille House, Brisbane, QLD.

12-15 January 2015. Phia Damsma presents at the Biennial Conference of the South Pacific Educators in Vision Impairment. Together Towards Tomorrow, Families and professionals - a vision for success! . Melbourne Conference and Training Centre, Melbourne VIC, Australia

3 July 2014, Phia Damsma presents at QUESTnet 2014 Conference, Transforming Outcomes for the Real World. Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, QLD, Australia

March 4 2014, Guest Lecture by Phia Damsma at Griffith University Nathan Campus, Qld, Australia. Accessibile User Interface Design.

27 Feb – 4 March 2014, 19th NELTA International Conference, Kathmandu, Nepal. Conference of the Nepal English Language Teachers’ Association (NELTA). Presentation about Ballyland, by Professor B. Marek who uses Ballyland in English language lessons for students who are blind, at the Department of ELT Typhlomethodology, John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland

21 - 22 November 2013, VISCON Conference for Teachers and Teacher's Aides of the Vision Impaired, hosted by the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC), Renwick Centre, NSW

14 - 15 August 2013, M-Enabling Australasia 2013 Conference, Australian Technology Park, Sydney. Phia Damsma in Panel Session 'Lost in (cyber) space: how do we connect people with M-Enabling services?'

25-28 May 2013: Round Table Conference, Digital Literacy: Making the World Accessible. Sydney, Australia. Presenter: Phia Damsma. Presentation: A Head Start To Digital Literacy: Ballyland - a fun, educational computer program for young children.

January 2013: 2013 Biennial SPEVI Conference, Auckland, Aotearoa, New Zealand.
Workshop: Come and play in Ballyland – Hands-on introduction to an early learning tool for blind preschoolers, presented by Phia Damsma

October 2012: Interactive Technologies and Games (iTag) Conference: Education, Health and Disability, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, UK. Paper: The All Abilities ePlayground - Innovative interaction design for children with a disability. Presenter: John Norgaard.

January 2011: 2011 Biennial Conference of the South Pacific Educators in Vision Impairment, Sydney, Australia. Come and Play in the All Abilities ePlayground. Phia Damsma

October 2010. 3rd International Conference for Universal Design 2010, Hamamatsu, Japan. The All Abilities ePlayground. Phia Damsma

June 2010 - ongoing. How do children with a disability play in the All Abilities ePlayground? Training workshops for teachers in special education and parents of children with a disability in South East Queensland, Australia.

1 June 2010. Presentation at official launch event of the All Abilities ePlayground attended by Chair of Community Services and Cultural Development of Gold Coast City Council, Councillor Bob La Castra and with the assistance of students of Southport Special School, Gold Coast, Queensland.

17 December 2009, presentation for Rotary Club of Broadbeach, Queensland. Presenter: Phia Damsma.

December 2009 – May 2010. Use of assistive technology. Workshops introducing the All Abilities ePlayground to special education students and staff, Queensland. Phia Damsma.

22 September 2009. Assistive technology and the All Abilities ePlayground. Presented at Training and Development Seminar organised by Disability Services Support Unit, Queensland Department of Education, Training and the Arts. Brisbane, Queensland. Phia Damsma.

14 July 2009. RadaR the Eargame. Presentation and workshop at seminar organised by Disability Services Support Unit, Department of Education, Training and the Arts, Woolloongabba, Queensland. Phia Damsma.

5-10 July 2009, 7th European Conference of ICEVI. Theme: Living in a Changing Europe. Dublin, Ireland. Poster presentation ‘Safe and Skilled Surfing through ‘RadaR the Eargame’ - an e-learning program for children who are blind or vision impaired’. Phia Damsma, John Norgaard and Rob Jones. Presenter: Rob Jones.

2 - 3 April 2009. Safe and Skilled Surfing through RadaR the Eargame. Workshop at VISCON: Conference for Teachers and Teacher's Aides of the Vision Impaired, hosted by the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC), Renwick Centre, North Rocks, NSW. Phia Damsma.

5 - 9 January 2009. Safe and Skilled Surfing through RadaR the Eargame - an e-learning program for children who are blind or vision impaired. Paper presented for SPEVI 2009 Biennial Conference of the South Pacific Educators in Vision Impairment, Adelaide, South Australia. Phia Damsma.

October 2008. RadaR the Eargame. Half-day workshop for young blind students of Vision Australia, Enfield, NSW. Phia Damsma.

July 2008. Create Your Own Website! One day workshop for teenagers who are JAWS users for Vision Australia, Enfield, NSW. Phia Damsma.

July 2008. Presentation for Vision Australia’s Management Team, Enfield, NSW. Phia Damsma.

29 September 2007, 14th Deafblind International World Conference, Hosted by Senses Foundation (Inc), Perth, Western Australia. “Our Space – Building an Online Community for Deafblind People”. Presenter: Phia Damsma. Recognising the potential benefits that social networking websites could bring to isolated individuals who are deafblind, Sense, the UK's largest organisation for children and adults who are deafblind, and Sonokids, joined forces in a unique project to enable people who are deafblind to create personal websites to encourage social interaction and the creation of an online inclusive community.

20th - 23rd May 2006, Round Table on Information Access for People with Print Disabilities Inc., Realizing the Vision for accessible real-time information: ASK-IT or accessible travel information anywhere anytime. Presenter: Phia Damsma.

March 2006. Computer Interaction by people with special needs. Guest-lecture at School of IT, Bond University, Gold Coast, Queensland. Phia Damsma.

21-25 November 2005, OZCHI 2005, Canberra, Australia.
Annual conference for the Computer-Human Interaction Special Interest Group of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia. Short Paper: Best Practices in an online community for blind, partly sighted and fully sighted children, Phia Damsma, John Norgaard and Rob Jones.

13 October 2005, Stuttgart, ASK-IT workshop organized by e-Isotis. Sonokids is associate member of e-Isotis. The aim of e-Isotis is to support people with disabilities and elderly people to overcome the existing barriers and to experience an Information Society Open to ImpairmentS (ISOTIS). John Norgaard.

July 2005, HCI International 2005, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Online Communities and Social Computing. ‘Bridging different sensory capabilities: building a virtual community for blind and seeing children’. Authors: Vanessa Evers, Christiaan Luteijn , Phia Damsma , John Norgaard.
Presenter: V. Evers.

21 June 2005, Course and Workshop in Macromedia Flash accessibility for IBOS - The
Institute for The Blind and Partially Sighted in Denmark. John Norgaard presenting for IBOS Instructors and Consultants.

June 2005, Workshops about web-design for students of the Royal Blind School in Edinburgh, Scotland. John Norgaard and Phia Damsma.

20 April 2005, Presentation by John Norgaard about webtool MaX and internetradio for teachers and students of Vision Denmark. Computer Camp in Oksboel, Denmark.

March 2005
Workshop webtool MaX by Phia Damsma in ‘Cyberclub’ for blind and vision impaired young people, on request of Visio Rotterdam, Netherlands. Visio is an organisation in The Netherlands aimed at supporting partially sighted and blind people to accomplish their wish for independent life, education and work.

2004 – 2005. Phia Damsma and John Norgaard participated in the course Computer Human Interaction (guestlectures + case-study) at the request of Prof. Vanessa Evers, Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, Dept. of Social Science Informatics (SWI), University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

23 November 2004
Presentation by Phia Damsma and John Norgaard about webtool MaX and internetradio for ‘Visual Impairment Scotland’ and Scottish Sensory Center in Edinburgh, Scotland and subsequent workshops at the Royal Blind School Edinburgh, Scotland, for teachers, care-takers, students and other interested parties.

18-19 November 2004
Presentation by John Norgaard at the International Technology Conference Techshare 2004 organized by UK’s Royal National Institute for the Blind in Birmingham, UK. Presentation title: The successful development of an accessible web authoring tool in cooperation with its vision impaired and blind users. Authors: John Norgaard and Phia Damsma.

October 2004: “Website Authoring Tool for Students with a Visual Impairment”. Publication by Rob Jones in ICEVI-Europe European Newsletter, Volume 10 number 2.

10 September 2004, Presentation of ‘RadaR, the Eargame’ at seminar ‘Serious Games’, Utrecht, The Netherlands, organised by the Utrecht University, the School for Higher Education of the Arts Utrecht, Professional School of the Arts Utrecht and the International Game Developers Association (IGDA).

15 June 2004, International Conference on Virtual Communities in The Hague, The Netherlands.
Joint presentation with Prof. Vanessa Evers entitled ‘Beyond Physical and Cultural Barriers: The Development of an International Community Environment for Seeing and Visually Impaired Children’

12 June 2004, Annual meeting of FOVIG (Dutch Federation of Parents of Vision Impaired) at Bartiméus Institute for the Blind, Zeist, The Netherlands. Presentation and performance of audioplay RadaR for parents and children and workshops internet-radio for children. The audience listens captivated during the 40 minutes audioplay. Young children lay 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.

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