Are you a parent or educator of a young child who is blind or has low vision, and have you been looking for a way to introduce him or her to an iPad?
Hocus Pocus... Sonokids’ Ballyland Magic App is here!
The Ballyland Magic app is an educational iPad game specifically designed for young children to learn and practice a number of navigational touch gestures for VoiceOver, Apple’s built-in screen reader. iOS VoiceOver is the only way a blind person can use an iPhone or iPad, and children who are blind require these skills to be included in the same iPad activities as their sighted friends.For iOS - iPad.
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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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.