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 recommended applications for reading content in accessible formats.
- Learn about e-readers with Load2Learn [YouTube video].
- Enjoy many ways to read [DAISY TechWatch]
- Article: Sir Steve Redgrave campaigns for DAISY and Dyslexic Readers [altformat.org]
- DAISY: What Is it and Why Use it? [Braille Monitor]
- The State of the World’s Children 2013 [UNICEF]: Report and Executive Summary are available in DAISY, EPUB, Easy Read, HTML and Braille formats
Use Cases, Tutorials and Guidelines
- A Youth Advocacy Toolkit for Everyone, also in DAISY and EPUB formats: UN Global Education First Initiative
- Case study: DAISY readers in Mongolia a legal right - now copyright law must play its part [eifl]
- Yoleo: Hybrid Reading
- Why is DAISY full text valuable to print-disabled users by Miriam E. Nes Begnum, PDF
- IFLA Guidelines for Library Services to Persons with Dyslexia, PDF 
- Student explains the differences between the Learning Ally & Bookshare books and apps [CTD Institute, Video]
- Digital Talking Books: Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM) VA
- 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]
- Making Information Accessible for All (European Blind Union Resources)
- DIAGRAM Center resources: Accessible textbooks, Math and Images
- Making Your Curriculum Accessible: Load2Learn Tutorials [YouTube Channel]
- Global Standards Help Visually Impaired Researchers [October 2012]
- Auxiliary aids and access to learning for children and young people with dyslexia/severe reading difficulties [Nota 2011, PDF file]
- 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 (2009-2010)
- EasyConverter Case Study: Valencia Community College in Florida
- Appraising and Evaluating the Use of DAISY: For Print Disabled Students in Norwegian Primary- and Secondary Education
- EasyReader Case Study: DAISY is something that we have decided we SHOULD be doing
- DAISY Good Practices in the Netherlands (2009). Contact for inquiries: Kathleen Asjes, Research and Development, DAISY Member Dedicon
- DAISY Textbook Pilot 2009: Accessible multimedia for school students (New Zealand)
- 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
- EasyReader Case Study 2004-2005: RNIB Scotland and the DAISY project
People Learn and Understand Information in Many Different Ways
Studies by and for educators identify three basic styles of learning: auditory, tactile/kinetic, and visual. Auditory learners prefer lectures and discussions to textbooks. They interpret meaning by paying close attention to tone of voice, pitch, and speed. Tactile/kinetic learners prefer a hands-on approach. Visual learners often think in pictures and prefer graphical representations of concepts through charts, diagrams, or tables.
Some individuals may require a combination of two styles to understand and comprehend new material. Others may have to adapt to new learning styles as their lifestyles change. A student who has successfully learned through hands-on, tactile methods may need to adapt to more visual and auditory learning as they enter higher education.
By synchronizing audio, images and text, DAISY can address the needs of each type of learner. DAISY players or applications can be of assistance to auditory learners 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 to the benefit of visual learners.
People with print disabilities such as blindness or dyslexia have benefited from synchronized multimedia for more than a decade. Thanks to the recent development of new software tools, everyone can have access to information in a way that best suits their personal learning style.
- Read more about DAISY readers and production tools
- Samples of DAISY books
- Try free publications in DAISY format and get a free trial of a DAISY Player on the Dolphin Computer Access website
- DAISY Articles, Publications and Presentations
- DAISY reading systems for people with learning difficulties
Last update: October 16th, 2015