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 and recommendations on 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.

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Use Cases, Studies, Tutorials and GuidelinesFamily members sitting on a couch, each with their own gadget: laptop computer or media player

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