Research Consent

Research Consent

Research protocols for this project have been vetted and/or approved by:

  • University of Hawaii through the UH Institutional Review Board (IRB, Case 22343)
  • Office of Management and Budget through the federal OMB office (OMB, Control Number 1024-0224)
  • The U.S. National Park Service through NPS Task Agreement (P14AC01672)
  • Harpers Ferry Interpretive Design Center (NPS) through a Philanthropic Support Agreement, extended through 2024

  • Any questions, comments, or concerns should be addressed to the Principal Investigator on this project, Brett Oppegaard, who can be reached via this email.


    My name is Brett Oppegaard, and my University of Hawai‘i-based research team and I are conducting a research project on Audio Description, including mobile apps, for low-vision and blind people interested in learning more about national parks. We are interested in exploring a prototype of a new mobile app that allows us to compare functionality, processes, content styles, composition, and interfaces, to try to improve those app experiences for users. To concentrate on related issues, your help is requested. During our interactions, you will be asked various questions about your role in the design or support of these audio-described media forms or your thoughts about them. This is not a test of your knowledge about Audio Description or mobile apps but an inquiry into the processes of design, distribution, and support of Audio Description as a medium. Your participation is important, so that researchers can make accurate conclusions about how low-vision and blind people engage with audio-described mobile apps and how those media forms are designed. Your contribution to this research will help increase the validity of the findings. It will help to improve Audio Description in general. There are no right or wrong answers. We only ask for your honest responses. Thank you for your participation!

    Risks and Benefits

    There will be no direct benefit to you for taking part in this project. You will be simply answering questions about design and support processes. There is also little to no risk to you in participating in this project.

    Costs and Payments

    You will not receive any inducements (money, service) for your participation in the study, nor will you bear any costs for your participation.


    Unless you consent to such disclosure, as a way to share your perspectives to the public, I will not share any personal information, such as your full name or address. Please do not include any personal information in your survey responses. Any identifying information collected (names, organizations, addresses, phone numbers, etc.) will not be shared in publication of the material, or outside of the research staff, unless you express that consent in writing.

    Right to Refuse or End Participation

    Participation in the study is voluntary. You may refuse to participate, choose not to answer any question, or withdraw from the study at any time. There will be no penalty or loss of benefits for those decisions. If you do agree to participate, you can stop at any time. All participants have the right to review and delete any of their responses on research records if requested.

    Contact or Questions

    You may contact the UH Human Studies Program at 808.956.5007 or this email to discuss problems, concerns, and questions; obtain information; or offer input with an informed individual who is unaffiliated with the specific research protocol. Please visit https://goo.gl/TBxZUG for more information on your rights as a research participant. Or, you can contact the Principal Investigator in this study: Brett Oppegaard, Ph.D., University of Hawaii at Manoa, via this email.

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