The Digital Book Library established in 2008 is aimed at making education accessible for the persons with print-disabilities like dyslexia, visual impairment, and verbal processing difficulties. Samarthanam is an active member of the Daisy Forum India (DFI) which is involved in the production of books and reading materials in accessible formats for persons with print disabilities. The prime focus of Digital Book Library is on providing practical support to school and college students, making course material and books available in formats supported by screen reader software (JAWS). Under the guidelines of DAISY, the books are scanned, edited, typed, recorded and edited by the team at Samarthanam ensuring optimum quality of work to guarantee easy access of content in the audio mode to persons with disabilities.
Persons with print-disabilities submit their books at Samarthanam’s Daisy center which is then converted into a digital format with the aid of the volunteers. The final audio is transferred onto a CD which the students can utilize as per their convenience.
The digital library has 5000+ Audiobooks in English, Hindi, and Kannada languages. The digital library also has Karnataka state syllabus textbooks starting from the third grade to the 12th grade along with all kinds of degree university books, novels, magazines, short stories, Biographies, General knowledge and competitive exam preparatory books in Hindi, English, and Kannada.
There are six Digital Book Libraries established by the Samarthanam Trust for the Diasbales in more than five Indian cities.
Samarthanam library has over 10000+ books of which over 1500 are Braille Books and magazines with 5000+ Inks Books, 500+ PDFs, and 250+ Scanned books.
Useful links for Persons with disabilities
Directorate for Empowerment of Differently abled and senior citizen, Government of Karnataka http://www.welfareofdisabled.kar.nic.in
World blind union http://www.worldblindunion.org
Sugam Pustakalaya under Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment Gov of India http://www.socialjustice.nic.in
Book share India http://www.bookshare.org
Daisy Forum of India, Delhi http://www. daisyindia.org
National Association for the Blind, Mumbai http://www.nabindia.org
AICB, Delhi http://www.aicb.org.in
Chief Commissioner for persons with disability http://www.ccdisabilities.nic.in
Disability Affairs, Government of India http://www.disabilityaffairs.gov.in
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