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 recommended applications for reading content in accessible formats.
- Study: The Impact of Ebooks on the Reading Motivation and Reading Skills of Children and Young People [UK, December 2015]
- Using images in your educational materials? Try Poet Image Description Tool
- 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
- 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]
- DIAGRAM Center resources: Accessible textbooks, Math and Images
- 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)
- 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 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.
Last update: January 10th, 2016