Dipendra Manocha from the Daisy Consortium writes:
Access to information and publication is one of the toughest challenges in the lives of persons with blindness, low vision or other print disabilities. The issue is extremely important as it has direct impact on education, livelihood and independent living activities. The DAISY Consortium is an international network dedicated to addressing this issue for more than twenty years. Our members around the world produce and distribute braille, audio and electronic textbooks, leisure books, newspapers, magazines and music scores.
Together we are stronger. We are introducing a communication network to facilitate the sharing of information and good practice. The aim of this network is to bring stakeholders together and align our activities with the global vision and strategy. There is no cost to be part of the network.
We hope that many new collaborations, partnerships and research will emerge from this growing family of organizations working on accessible reading for persons with print disabilities. The network will build up a directory of organizations which you may find useful in forging new partnerships. The DAISY Consortium has been delivering training and capacity building projects for many years, and we would be pleased to work with the network partners on funding proposals for ending the book famine for persons with print disabilities in their country.
At a time when many countries are working out how to get the benefits of the Marrakesh Treaty, this network will help in better utilisation of resources, avoid reinventing the wheel, complement each other’s efforts and ensure common international standards.
Once the organization joins the communication network, we will receive information and news about accessible reading. You also have the option to join a discussion forum. Whilst we welcome information in all languages, most information will be in English.
Feel free to contact us for any further information and clarification. If your organization is willing to work in this area and wants to join the network, write to us at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are excited to work with you to end the book famine for persons with print disabilities.
Dipendra Manocha mailto:email@example.com and your friends at the DAISY Consortium.