ATDO(Assistive Technology Development Organization) was established in April 2006 for performing research and development in information and communication technology which meets the needs of persons with disabilities and senior citizens for social inclusion. Universal design concept development and international standardization are key activities of ATDO.
ATDO is also conducting experimental training projects on communication support for deaf-blind people by mobile devices granted by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare of Japan and other funding organizations.
Since global networking for bridging the Digital Divide is one of the targets of ATDO, ATDO is going to become the focal point of DAISY* dissemination in developing countries in collaboration with the DAISY Consortium (www.daisy.org) for tackling the most burning issues of persons with print disabilities in developing countries, such as disaster preparedness and HIV/AIDS prevention.
*DAISY (Digital Accessible Information System) is the International standard of accessible multi-media. Which is the digital talking book with the synchronized text and images. It has rich navigation structure. DAISY provide different way of accessing information for print disabilities.