Daisy Forum of India
DAISY Forum of India is a forum of Not for Profit organizations from India who are involved in production of books and reading materials in accessible formats for persons who cannot read normal print.
The DAISY forum of India envisions a world where people with print disabilities have equal access to information and knowledge without delay or additional expense in their own language.
Print is not the only way to access books and other reading materials. These can also be provided as talking books, Braille Books, Large Print Books or E-text books. DAISY Standards show us how they can produce all these formats from a single source document. Thus DAISY is the best way to publish.
DAISY Books provide rich reading experience with excellent navigation facility, excellent quality and retains print book structure such as pages, sections, footnotes, Etc. Thus DAISY is also the best way to read.
DAISY Forum of India is a network of organisations from all parts of the country working to:
Create and maintain nationwide network covering all states and languages for production and distribution of accessible reading material for persons with print disabilities.
Bridge all technology gaps for production, distribution, and reading publications in Braille, Digital talking book, accessible e-text and large print formats.
Legislative and policy formulation and amendments that would create and enable environment to ensure universal access to published material.
Create awareness about reading needs of persons with print disabilities and their solutions among all stake holders.
Make mainstream digital publishing accessible to all and conducive to be used for reproduction of Braille, Talking book or Large Print formats
DAISY is an internationally recognised accessible multi-media publishing system, compatible with the World Wide Web. This new way of publishing is opening up a much wider choice of reading for individuals who are blind and others who are unable to use standard-sized print.
For decades, the audio cassette (and before that the vinyl record) was the only way in which the majority of individuals unable to read print could access information. But, for anything other than reading a book from one end to the other, these analogue formats were simply inadequate.
DAISY is an acronym for Digital Accessible Information SYstem. The original concept for DAISY was born from the need for accessible audio that could be used by individuals unable to read print, as easily and efficiently as a sighted person uses a printed book.
At its inception in the early 1990s, the ‘A’ in ‘DAISY’ represented the word ‘Audio’. Much has happened since then, taking DAISY far beyond simple digital audio, and making DAISY truly ‘a better way to read’.See more