Research & Innovation (Gold): The UniDescription Project: Increasing Empirical Understanding of Audio Description with People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired, University of Hawaii at Manoa. “This proof-of-concept project shows the possibilities for museums to make their stories accessible. By including free and open source tools for audio description, it has the potential to be a game changer for accessibility of heritage content.”
"Since 2010, Michele has served as Media Accessibility Coordinator for the Harpers Ferry Center (HFC), an interpretive media design center for the National Park Service (NPS) system. Michele provides technical assistance, training and resources to promote media, exhibits, videos and publications that are accessible and universally designed. ... Over the past 6 years, she has been the NPS liaison to the UniD project, an initiative that produces audio-described park brochures. She is an important advocate for inclusion of user-experts to ensure effective and inclusive communication."
"Sajja Koirala of Honolulu, Hawaii holds a bachelor’s in psychology, a master’s in social work, a certificate in women’s studies, and a graduate certificate in disability studies. She is currently pursuing a PhD in communication and information sciences at the University of Hawaii. Her research interest includes media accessibility and audio description. Sajja has been working as a research assistant on the UniDescription Project since 2017, and has played an instrumental role in audio-describing the brochures of around 100 US national parks. ..."
WASHINGTON, July 29, 2019 - The American Council of the Blind (ACB) proudly announces the 2019 Dr. Margaret R. Pfanstiehl Memorial Achievement Award in Audio Description, an initiative of the Council’s Audio Description Project (ADP). In conjunction with ACB’s 58th annual conference and convention in Rochester, N.Y., the award was presented at a plenary session of the conference before over 1,000 people who are blind. The Dr. Margaret R. Pfanstiehl Memorial Achievement Award in Audio Description – Research and Development was awarded to Dr. Brett Oppegaard.
Audio Description Created Around the U.S. (and World). For help making this map audible, read this Perkins School for the Blind article.
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: