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.

See also the following presentations: Finding Accessible Apps for Reading, Choosing A Mainstream Reading System, Creating the Best Way to Read and Publish [SlideShare].

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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.

Last update: October 16th, 2015