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:


Photo Albums

Field Research

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

Portraits of People in the American Council of the Blind

In this Portrait project, American Council of the Blind members — who are blind or who have low-vision — were invited to have a portrait taken of them, from the shoulders up, on a black background. The images are shot very tightly, as a way to position the viewer to focus on the person's face and humanity. The participants also were guided through the process of making an Audio Description of the portrait. The descriptions provided here are based on what the person in the image wanted to say about themselves, after being guided through a series of prompts about potential topics of interest for their viewers/listeners, including name, gender, age, race/ethnicity, fashion/attire, facial expression, body shape/size, and any other aspects of their appearance they wanted to mention. The people in the portrait also were asked if they wanted to share the description with a first-person or third-person point of view.


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:

Other Partnerships

Descriptions Heard 'Round the World

We want to make every public place more-accessible through Audio Description. Outside of U.S. national parks, we also have created partnerships with a variety of other managers of public resources, including at the Helen Keller National Center for DeafBlind Youths & Adults, The Kennedy Center, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, National Parks UK, and Parks Canada. Some of those descriptions are below:

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