Join the DAISY Consortium

The DAISY Consortium exists because of its members and their valuable contributions.

Benefits of Membership

Members of the DAISY Consortium include non-profit organizations, for-profit companies and individuals around the globe. Our main goal is to provide our members opportunities to support accessibility initiatives, help develop new standards and technologies, and be a part of the global accessibility movement. DAISY members gain access to a global community of like-minded individuals and organizations.

Join a collective voice around the world.

  • Collaborate with disability communities and international organizations such as W3C, IDPF, IFLA, WBU and WIPO
  • Influence the ongoing development of accessible standards and open source tools
  • Participate in the DAISY Consortium's work toward equitable solutions to copyright and digital management issues

Expand your organization’s reach. Gain exposure. Find new customers.

  • Networking and marketing opportunities in an international environment
  • Visibility for your organization and its services via the DAISY Consortium website
  • Access to a rapidly growing worldwide customer base of both direct consumers, organizations and companies

Gain knowledge and support for competitive advantage.

  • Learn from accessibility experts who contribute to DAISY Consortium's technical development work and help coordinate discussions across the Consortium
  • Membership-only lists, and discussions on work underway in the DAISY Consortium
  • Ongoing training and support for use of the DAISY Consortium's non-proprietary open source tools

Membership Levels

Full Membership

Full Members are non-profit organizations that produce and/or distribute accessible (multi)media for people with print disabilities.

Individual organizations can become Full Members or membership may be shared among two or more organizations.  Several organizations which represent a geographical region or language group may collaborate, combining their resources to become a Full Member. These organizations act and speak with one voice within the DAISY Consortium.

Who should join DAISY as a Full Member:

  • organizations with the desire and resources to steer the development and implementation of accessible standards
  • organizations dedicated to furthering the worldwide movement toward accessible information for all
  • large libraries serving many people with print disabilities
  • organizations interested in developing new technologies
  • large organizations active in the field of education and of producing accessible (learning) media/materials for all groups of disability

Fees for Full Membership

  • Annual fee: 32,880 USD
  • When joining in the second half of a year: 50% of the fee (16,440 USD)
  • Initial joining fee: 30,000 USD. Previously paid membership fees (for instance for Associate Members upgrading their membership) will be subtracted from this initial joining fee.

Note: Full Memberships become effective on January 1st or July 1st of a calendar year. The admission of Full Members will be decided by resolution of the General Meeting by open ballot; see the DAISY Consortium Articles of Association for details.

Application Process:

The online application for Full Membership is not available. Please contact the President or the Secretary General for additional information about becoming a Full Member or to apply for Full Membership.

 

Associate Membership

Associate Members of the DAISY Consortium are non-profit organizations that produce and/or distribute accessible media for people with print disabilities or may serve the community in other related ways. This latter group includes large educational institutes wishing to participate in the Consortium at this level, associations representing individuals with a print disability, or other service providers. Associate Members share the Full Members' dedication to the worldwide DAISY movement but may serve smaller populations or have fewer available resources.  Associate Members in developing countries benefit from the Consortium's tiered membership fee structure which is based on the World Bank classifications (determined by the per capita income of the country).

Who should join DAISY as an Associate Member:

  • smaller libraries and organizations which are committed to the Mission and Vision of the DAISY Consortium
  • organizations wishing to help shape the direction of DAISY Consortium
  • organizations which want to participate in DAISY Consortium working groups and technical developments (to the level financially feasible in their organisation)
  • libraries and organizations which do not have the financial resources to commit to Full Membership
  • universities and colleges, and accessible materials development centres, especially those providing materials to multiple campuses
  • libraries and organizations wishing to learn more about the DAISY Consortium with a goal of potentially committing to Full Membership

Associate Members may join at any time during a calendar year.  The President will decide as to the admission of Associate Members. See the DAISY Consortium Articles of Association for details. 

Fees for Associate Members - calculated based on the World Bank Classification of the per capita income of the country in which the organization is located.

  • Annual fee: 3,325 USD for the countries classified as “high income”: USD 3,325 (= full fee).
  • Annual fee: 1,995 USD (60% of the full fee) for the countries classified as “upper middle income”
  • Annual fee: 997.50 USD (30% of the full fee) for the countries classified as “lower middle income”
  • Annual fee: 498.75 USD (15% of the full fee) for the countries classified as “low income”

Note: The first year of fees are invoiced pro rata. For instance, when submitting the application in April, the pro rata invoice will cover the period going from May to December.

Application Process:

  1. Read the DAISY Consortium Articles of Association.
  2. Apply using the convenient online membership form or choose a version in Microsoft Word or plain text below to submit by mail:

Friends of the DAISY Consortium

Friends of the DAISY Consortium are grouped into 3 sub-categories of membership:

Friends may join at any time during a calendar year and fees are determined as below for each sub-category. See the DAISY Consortium Regulations for Friends for details.

Friends: Developers

Developers are companies that develop, manufacture, and/or distribute products and services which support and advance the implementation of accessible standards.

Who should consider joining DAISY in the Friends: Developer category:

  • companies selling products and services to DAISY Members, publishers, educators, and end users of accessible reading systems
  • companies creating DAISY and related production tools
  • companies creating DAISY playback and reading systems
  • companies providing content distribution services
  • companies providing content conversion services

Annual Fees for Friends: Developers - 3,325 USD

Note: The first year of fees are invoiced pro rata. For instance, when submitting the application in September of a year the pro rata invoice will cover the period going from October to December of this year.

Application Process:

  1. Read the DAISY Consortium Regulations for Friends.
  2. Apply using the convenient online membership form or choose a version in Microsoft Word or plain text below to submit by mail:

Friends: Publishers, Educators, and Advocates

Publishers, Educators, and Advocates of the DAISY Consortium drive the DAISY movement forward through any combination of providing accessibility services, promoting  and/or utilizing accessible standards and technologies.

Who should join DAISY in the Friends: Publishers, Educators, and Advocates category:

  • mainstream print publishers
  • audio publishers
  • multimedia publishers
  • educational organizations, universities and colleges
  • culture and arts organizations
  • non-profit associations concerned with accessibility, literacy, support or provision of services to individuals unable to read standard print
  • emergency preparedness and evacuation information agencies
  • health organizations
  • distance learning centres and organizations
  • governmental information agencies

Annual Fees for Friends: Publishers, Educators, and Advocates - 1,000 USD

Note: The fees are fully invoiced independent from the date of entry of the member.

Application Process:

  1. Read the DAISY Consortium Regulations for Friends.
  2. Apply using the convenient online membership form or choose a version in Microsoft Word or plain text below to submit by mail:

Friends: Individual Supporters

Individual Supporters believe in the Mission and Vision of the DAISY Consortium; they understand the need for accessible reading materials for those who are unable to read standard print publications and advocate for accessible standards.

Who should join DAISY in the Friends: Individual Supporters category

  • independent open source developers
  • individual content producers
  • individual educators
  • independent consultants
  • independent service providers
  • individuals who believe in universal accessibility of the published materials
  • end users of accessible published materials

Annual Fees for Friends: Individual Supporters - 150 USD

Note: The fees are fully invoiced independent from the date of entry of the member.

Application Process:

  1. Read the DAISY Consortium Regulations for Friends.
  2. Apply using the convenient online membership form or choose a version in Microsoft Word or plain text to submit by mail: