Accessibility in Education
Digital accessible books help all students with reading problems. DAISY books offer easy and rapid navigation, useful for those with partial or no sight, children learning to read as well as people learning new languages.
Seniors and individuals with low literacy skills or learning difficulties also benefit. Multi-modal information processing methods combined with easy navigation significantly increase phonetic skills, comprehension, and fluency.
DAISY features have been integrated into the mainstream EPUB 3 standard.
Review the list of tested mainstream applications on epubtest.org for reading digital content in EPUB format.
The National Center on Accessible Educational Materials (USA) has published a Digital Reading Technologies list.
See also: the list of Bookshare member preferred reading tools.
- From inaccessible to accessible: Workflow examples (DAISYpedia)
- Accessible Materials (CAST, US): Best Practices for Educators and Instructors
- NFB's Higher Education Accessibility Online Resource Center (US)
- Using images in your educational materials? Try Poet Image Description Tool
- Article: Sir Steve Redgrave campaigns for DAISY and Dyslexic Readers (altformat.org, UK)
- Accessible texts by AMAC (US)
Use Cases, Studies, Tutorials and Guidelines
- IFLA Guidelines for Library Services to Persons with Dyslexia: Revised and extended, also available in DAISY
- Jelena Lesaja report: Library Services for People with Dyslexia: Danish Approach
- Dolphin Easy Reader benefits
- Accessible Materials (US): DAISY & NIMAS in HTML
- Study: The Impact of Ebooks on the Reading Motivation and Reading Skills of Children and Young People [PDF, UK, December 2015]
- Yoleo (The Netherlands): Hybrid Reading
- EBU Guidelines: Making Information Accessible to All
- Student explains the differences between the Learning Ally & Bookshare books and apps [CTD Institute, US, video]
- Digital Talking Books: Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM, US)
- Digital Talking Books: California Department of Education
- Buchknacker: Online Library for Children & Adults with Dyslexia in Switzerland [DAISY Planet]
- ICT for Information Accessibility in Learning [ICT4IAL]:Guidelines for making text accessible
- Digital talking books: Educating children with disabilities of their rights [UNESCO]
- DIAGRAM Center resources: Accessible textbooks, Math and Images
- The State of the World’s Children 2013 [UNICEF]: Report and Executive Summary are available in DAISY, EPUB, Easy Read, HTML and Braille formats
- Create digital talking books for students with disabilities: DAISY and Microsoft Word, also see Save as DAISY Plugin
- DAISY in Mongolia: Case Study (2011)
- Accessible Resources Pilot Project, UK (2009-2010)
- Appraising and Evaluating the Use of DAISY: For Print Disabled Students in Norwegian Primary- and Secondary Education
- HumanWare Case Study 2007-2008: How can one year with the use of HumanWare's portable digital talking book player the ClassMate Reader, change reading outcomes for college bound students with Learning Disabilities?
- Enhancing Digital Access to Learning Materials for Canadians with Perceptual Disabilities: A Pilot Study 2006. Research Report
People Learn and Access Information in Many Different Ways
By synchronizing audio, images and text, DAISY can address the needs of each type of learner. DAISY players, reading software or various mobile applications can be of assistance to students who benefit from audio playback, whether presented through a text-to-speech feature or human narration.
Full-text, full-audio DAISY books synchronize the audio playback with written text displayed on a computer screen.
People with print disabilities such as blindness or dyslexia have benefited from synchronized multimedia for two decades. Thanks to the recent development of new software tools, everyone can have access to information in a way that best suits their personal learning needs.
Last update: October 10th, 2016