In Sri Lanka, the DAISY Lanka Foundation (DLF) is using innovative solutions to break down barriers for students who are print disabled in acquiring books.
With the support of the ABC and generous funding provided by the Government of Australia, DLF was able to convert over 1,000 educational books into accessible formats in one year, an incredible accomplishment considering that similar NGOs produced approximately 100-200 books over the same period.
The difference is due to the agreement by commercial publishers in Sri Lanka to provide the DAISY Lanka Foundation with the electronic files of previously produced books. Traditionally, charitable organizations and NGOs have had to scan every page of hard copy books using OCR technology and then edit the scanned files to make them accessible.
Alternatively, organizations have used human narrators to record audio books. Both of these processes are resource intensive. Using the original electronic files provided by commercial publishers, however, DLF was able to convert books into accessible formats more efficiently and economically.