DAISY Consortium President Hiroshi Kawamura Receives 2008 Dr. Dayton M. Forman Award

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CNIB, a nationwide, community-based, registered charity committed to research, public education and vision health for all Canadians, presents the 2008 Dr. Dayton M. Forman Memorial Award to Mr. Hiroshi Kawamura, President of the DAISY Consortium in recognition of his dedication and commitment to the development of equitable information services for people with print disabilities throughout the world.

Mr. Hiroshi Kawamura, President of the DAISY Consortium, received CNIB's Dr. Dayton M. Forman Memorial Award on August 11, 2008, at a reception during the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) conference. The award recognizes Mr. Kawamura's work to ensure equitable information services for people with print disabilities throughout the world.

CNIB is a nationwide, community-based, registered charity committed to public education, research and the vision health of all Canadians. CNIB provides the services and support necessary for people with vision loss to enjoy a good quality of life. The Dr. Dayton M. Forman Memorial Award is offered in tribute to Dr. Dayton M. Forman, an exceptional humanitarian and longstanding CNIB volunteer, who exemplified the leadership required to make a difference in the lives of Canadians who cannot easily access printed material.

About Hiroshi Kawamura
For 30 years, Hiroshi Kawamura has worked diligently to ensure equal access to information for everyone. In a recent essay, Mr. Kawamura related his introduction to the needs of readers with print disabilities, "Out of the millions of books in the largest library in the country in 1977, the first successful blind student at the University of Tokyo couldn't read a single one. This fact inspired me to develop library and information services for blind students on campus thirty years ago...My goal became the development of equitable information services for blind people and other disadvantaged people who were excluded from written human knowledge." Mr. Kawamura continues to work toward that goal for people with print disabilities throughout the world. Currently, he serves as President of the DAISY Consortium and a member of the United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development Strategy Council. He holds various leadership positions with organizations including the World Blind Union, the World Wide Web Consortium, and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, among others. Mr. Kawamura has also held various professional positions with the Japanese National Rehabilitation Center for Persons with Disabilities Research Institute, including his current role as Research Advisor.

About CNIB and the Dr. Dayton M. Forman Memorial Award
CNIB is the primary source of support, information and most importantly, hope, for all Canadians affected by vision loss. Recognized experts in vision health, CNIB has been making a profound difference in the lives of Canadians since 1918. The Dr. Dayton M. Forman Memorial Award, established by the CNIB Library Board of Directors in 1996, recognizes outstanding leadership in the advancement of library and information services for Canadians who are living with vision loss or print disabilities. Past winners include Industry Canada, former President of Microsoft Canada Frank Clegg, the University of Toronto and Canada Post. For more information about CNIB, please visit http://www.cnib.ca.

About the DAISY Consortium
The DAISY Standard (officially ANSI/NISO z39.86 Specifications for the Digital Talking Book) has revolutionized the reading experience for people with print disabilities around the globe. DAISY, the Digital Accessible Information SYstem, is the world's most widely used assistive technology for reading. Formed in 1996 by like-minded organizations around the world, today the DAISY Consortium consists of nearly 70 non-profit organizations representing 35 different countries and more than 20 for-profit companies which provide products and services to meet the needs of the DAISY community and the people it serves. These organizations and companies are working together to develop and promote international standards and technologies which enable equal access to information and knowledge by all people with print disabilities and which also benefit the wider community. More information about the DAISY Consortium and the DAISY Standard is available at http://www.daisy.org/.

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