UniDescription
Impact

Making a Difference

Where we've been. What we've done.

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The UniDescription Project has made a lot of significant progress recently on its initiatives, including:

  • Descriptathon 8: D8 (Oct. 26-28, 2021) featured more than 100 participants and several new international partners, such as National Parks UK (which manages sites in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales), the Royal National Institute of Blind People (England), Nigeria National Park Service, and the Canadian Council of the Blind. We collaborated once again with our U.S.-based partners in the U.S. National Park Service, and we also brought into the mix The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., one of the nation’s premiere performing arts facilities. In addition, we supported bilingual creation of Audio Description in English, French, Spanish, and Ojibwe. The public places made more accessible in this Descriptathon were:

    Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail,
    Apostle Islands National Lakeshore,
    Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site,
    Cave and Basin National Historic Site (Canada),
    Banff Park Museum National Historic Site (Canada),
    Derwent Dam - Peak District National Park (United Kingdom),
    Fort Vancouver National Historic Site,
    Fort Vancouver National Historic Site - McLoughlin House,
    Gateway Arch National Park,
    Indiana Dunes National Park,
    Isle Royale National Park,
    Kennedy Center Visitors Guide,
    Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area,
    Lewis and Clark National Historical Park,
    Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site,
    Pearl Harbor National Memorial,
    Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area,
    South Downs National Park (United Kingdom),
    and Whitman Mission National Historic Site.

  • Goldsworthy in the Presidio: We have completed the production work on a novel National Endowment for the Arts-funded Audio Description project within the Presidio in San Francisco, on a public- art walk featuring the work of Andy Goldsworthy. The next step is field testing.
  • Heritage Award, The Best in Heritage: The UniDescription Project was chosen this year for an international award, as a “Project of Influence,” at The Best in Heritage conference in Dubrovnik, Croatia. The Best in Heritage is an annual and global gathering to celebrate award-winning museum, heritage and conservation projects.
  • Academic Research Presented Recently: Oppegaard, B., Griesemer, H., Hartley, M., & Rachfal, C. (2021, July 21). Audio description in the out of doors [Panel presentation]. Audio Description Project Conference (ADP), online. And, Oppegaard, B. (2021, July 11-15). What does he/she/they look like? Gender-defining audio description in self portraits [Paper presentation]. International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), Nairobi, Kenya / online.

Accolades

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Field Research

These photos show some of the research activities we have done in the field around the world.

Behind-the-Scenes

How do we do what we do? These photos will give you a behind-the-scenes look at our work.


Google Map of Places We Have Helped to Make More Accessible

Audio Description Created Around the U.S. (and World). For help making this map audible, read this Perkins School for the Blind article.

Collaborations with U.S. National Park Service Sites





Thank you, NPS partners!

The U.S. National Park Service has long been committed to improving media accessibility throughout the country and even initiated this UniDescription research project with the University of Hawaii. Without its involvement, none of this work would have been (or would be) possible. To date, more than 100 U.S. NPS sites are more accessible today than they were before the UniDescription Project, through this partnership, including the creation of new Audio Description at:

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