http://daisy.org/

Daisy was invented by George Kerscher, a Graduate of UM in Missoula, Developed an OPEN standard for creating and publishing documents that were accessible and Usable by those with vision disabilities or those with dyslexia.

The UM Campus is poised in taking a leadership roll in implementing the Daisy standard and it would be a good step in the right direction.

A blurb from about us on diasy.org follows..

Members of the Consortium actively promote the DAISY Standard for
Digital Talking Books because it promises to revolutionize the reading experience
for people who have reading disabilities. Specifically, the Consortium's vision is
that all published information is available to people with print disabilities,
at the same time and at no greater cost, in an accessible, feature-rich,
navigable format. The DAISY Consortium has established a mission and goals in
order to make this vision a reality.

The first DAISY Standard was proprietary, originating in Sweden in 1994. The
idea was to use digital recording and introduce some document structuring that
would allow easy navigation by the user. In its short history,
the DAISY Specification has evolved considerably. It has already begun to offer
a more flexible and pleasant reading experience for people who are blind or
print disabled in a number of countries including Sweden, Japan, the United
Kingdom, and the United States.

In 1997, the DAISY Consortium decided to adopt open standards based
on file formats being developed for the Internet. The DAISY 2.0 Specification
was released in 1998, and the 2.02 recommendation was approved in February
2001. Release of DAISY 3, the ANSI/NISO Z39.86 2002 Standard, was official
in March 2002. This Standard was jointly developed by the DAISY Consortium,
The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (part
of the Library of Congress), and a variety of other organizations in North
America. Plans are underway for the development of the supporting materials
necessary to promote the Standard.