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Challenges in Developing Countries: Presentation by Dipendra Manocha

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  • 1. Example of road map of solutions for accessible books in India By Dipendra Manocha
  • 2. GAP ANALYSIS STUDY Gap analysis study conducted jointly by the DAISY Consortium and World Blind Union. Supported by ATDO Japan 24 countries covered from Asia, Africa and South America Analysis done for 76 languages in which books are published Mission to find gaps in holistic solution for accessible books
  • 3. GAPS IN KEY TECHNOLOGIES TTS 15/76 Braille Translation software 30/76 OCR 20/76 Assistive technology to read e-text or DAISY talking books: less than 1%
  • 4. GAPS IN INFRASTRUCTURE Braille Library: 16/24 Talking book library: 10/24 Accessible e-text library: 2/24
  • 5. Conclusion Three main components: •Production of accessible format books •Distribution system and infrastructure that can reach out to persons with print disabilities •Assistive technology and reading equipment required to read books in accessible formats. Accessibility of publications for persons with print disabilities cannot happen even if one of the above mentioned components is missing for any specific Language. Unfortunately, a very large part of the population of persons with print disabilities living in developing countries are slipping into the gaps mentioned above and are forced to live in the world of dependence for all their reading and writing needs. Only a very systematic and well-coordinated effort among multiple development agencies and governments of the developing country can help in bridging the gaps that this study has found in developing countries.
  • 6. DAISY FORUM OF INDIA Network of 92 small and big organisations and libraries  Works together on five verticals: Policy Capacity building Awareness Mainstreaming Technology
  • 7. ACHIEVEMENTS TILL DATE • Combine catalogue and title sharing agreement • Copyright exception • Inclusion of scheme for national library in current five year plan • Braille translation made available in all Indian languages • Corporate CSR support for accessible books programme • DAISY playback - assistive technology in the hands of 10,000 end users • DAISY Standard adopted all across country • Bookshare India Project • Widespread awareness campaign • Unicode and DAISY compliance among few textbook boards
  • 8. THANK YOU WWW.DAISY.ORG dmanocha@daisy.org