Phia Damsma

Robina, Queensland

Accessible software designer

Phia is a creative software designer who has a passion for empowering vision impaired children through technology. She created Ballyland, an early learning software program that teaches fine-motor computer skills to young children who are blind, including how to use touch technology without sight. With her grant, Phia has been able to expand Ballyland into a complete educational tool with apps and interactive iBooks for tablets: “The whole purpose of this technology is to enable young children who are blind to learn and play together with other children, with or without a disability. There is no other software like Ballyland. It has huge potential to grow into something much bigger.”