Learning Difficulties

Reading problems can affect any part of the reading process, including difficulty with accurate or fluent word recognition, word decoding, information processing, reading rate, and reading comprehension. Common indicators of reading disability include:

  • difficulty with phonemic awareness (the ability to break up words into their component sounds)
  • difficulty with matching letter combinations to specific sounds (sound-symbol correspondence)
  • memory problems

Technologies (software, hardware and mobile applications) that support DAISY or EPUB 3 with Media Overlays can help people around the world who have learning difficulties due to reading disabilities, dyslexia, illiteracy, or vision loss. Below please find a selection of products and services that may be helpful.


Software DAISY player that you need to download and install on your Windows computer. EasyReader supports a wide range of eBook formats, including DAISY, HTML, TXT, unprotected EPUB, text marked up as MathML. Free trial is available on the Dolphin Computer Access website. Read more about the benefits provided by the EasyReader.

Voice Dream Reader

Voice Dream Reader app supports many file formats including DAISY 3.0 text-based eBooks, DAISY 2.02 audio books, DRM free EPUB, PDF, Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, HTML and zipped MP3 files.

Voice Dream Reader is integrated with Bookshare and Gutenberg. It can also load files from Dropbox, Google Drive or iTunes via USB or WiFi.

Read our interview with Winston Chen. More information about the Voice Dream Reader is provided on DAISYpedia.


Last update: October 10th, 2016