We founded Sonzia because we intimately feel the importance of providing for those differently abled. Our team works tirelessly to deliver technology that is not only accessible, but purposeful for our users. We find inspiration in our Junior Founders:our true test quality, and our harshest critics.
A message from our founder
My name is Shirley; I am one of the founders of Sonzia. I would like to introduce my sister, Donna, she is an artist at Gateway Crafts, participates in the Special Olympics “Bowling and Track & Field,” and has Down’s Syndrome. For the first part of her life, our family thought she was deaf. Donna’s biggest joy was rocking to music. She worked in a workshop stuffing envelops.
Then at age 41, an amazing audiologist at Boston Children’s Hospital diagnosed her hearing and all our lives completely changed. Donna received hearing aids and attended speech therapy at Emerson College. We found out she is an artist. I watched joyfully as Donna learned how to speak, and get use to life sounds. When we developed Touch Easel, Donna was the first to use it. We were thrilled at her ability to operate it so easily; she watched a Sesame Street video over and over. Now she expects everything to be touch.
Donna’s story is not unique, millions of people need assistive technologies to connect the dots to simple things in life. Inaccessible technology is the norm for many people with physical, cognitive, or learning disabilities who can’t use smartphones and tablets to email, call, text, or video chat with their loved ones. The design of these technologies excludes a large and diverse population of individuals who lack the physical and cognitive abilities required to successfully operate them.
I love my sister dearly, and want to share my family’s success with you. I founded Sonzia to provide useful, empowering tools that a vast array of people can use to work, learn, connect, play and create. Donna’s vivacity and positive attitude motivate the entire Sonzia team as we work to develop and deliver the best technology for all abilities.