Nominations Accepted for 2016 Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards

The Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards recognize leaders who have helped improve the quality of life of persons with disabilities in all areas of life, including employment.

These international Awards recognize exemplary leaders within the disability community and their extraordinary societal contributions, while remembering the spirit and legacy of The Viscardi Center’s founder, Dr. Henry Viscardi, Jr., who was a leading advocate for persons with disabilities and a disability advisor to eight U.S. presidents.

Seeing is Believing grants encourage innovators

Standard Chartered’s Seeing is Believing, a collaboration between the bank and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), has awarded grants to seven new projects, including the DAISY Consortium's project with a focus to design a simple way for visually impaired people to use a mobile device to read books.

Better voices for your NVDA screen reader

Acapela Text-to-Speech voices for NVDA add high-quality and high performing voices to your NVDA screen reader.

Acapela TTS Voices for NVDA come in two versions:

Come, learn and get inspired at CSUN 2016

A selection of CSUN 2016 sessions you don't want to miss:

Innovation Accelerated: AT for Increased Independence

Thursday, March 24 at 9:00 am. Harbor Ballroom H-Google, 2nd Floor, Harbor Tower.

Marrakesh Treaty: Status Update

February 23rd, 2016 update: Republic of Korea Joins Marrakesh Treaty.

The Marrakesh Treaty will enter into force three months after the deposit of the instruments of ratification or accession by twenty eligible countries. So far, as of February 23rd, 2016 - fifteen countries have done so.

Recording books with Obi

Obi enables users to create accessible and navigable audiobooks. Obi Version 3.8 was released in December 2015. We are glad to witness that Obi empowers different organizations around the world. National Network for Equitable Library Service (The Canadian Accessible Library System) provides tips for recording books with Obi as follows:

EDRLab: A “hub” dedicated to the European digital publishing ecosystem

The European Digital Reading Lab (EDRLab) is an innovative non-profit organization based in Paris. It was formed in July 2015.

Their team is spearheading the development of open source technology to accelerate the adoption of EPUB 3 in Europe. They actively collaborate with the Readium Foundation to develop robust e-reading software. They also participate in standards' working groups that drive the evolution of the EPUB format for e-books and other types of digital publications.

Blind Foundation celebrates Marrakesh Treaty announcement

The Blind Foundation [DAISY Consortium Full Member] is excited that Kiwis can provide their input on whether New Zealand should join a treaty aimed at making more published material available for people with print disabilities.

EASI Course: Barrier-free E-learning

EASI is offering a month-long, fee-based course during November 2015 titled "Barrier-Free E-Learning." Find the syllabus and online registration information on EASI website.

The course text which is strongly recommended is Making Online Teaching Accessible, written by Norman Coombs.

This book can be purchased from Jossey-Bass, Amazon and Barnes & Noble either as a paperback or in e-book formats. An accessible DAISY version can be obtained from

Dyslexia Awareness: Evaluating Professionals

Many parents are struggling to find effective instruction to meet the educational needs and goals of their children. This situation is especially true for reading instruction. Most public school teachers are not trained in the scientifically based approaches that are effective for a child with dyslexia. The guidelines posted to the International Dyslexia Association website advise what to ask and how to find and evaluate an educational professional independent of the school.


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