Audio Description Everywhere: Expanding the Availability of Audio Description through the Use of Mobile Technology



Start Time: 

1:45 PM

End Time: 

3:45 PM

This hands-on workshop will demonstrate the ongoing research to practice development of a US National Park Service (NPS) grant on providing audio described NPS brochures through mobile technology. Currently, the NPS is expanding the accessibility of informational materials for park users with a focus on end-user’s with mobile technology, such as Smartphones and tablets, and a text-to-speech application for blind and visually-impaired users. The workshop will feature a hands on demonstration of the beta versions of both the front end application, which participants can upload to their mobile device, and the back end application where onsite Park Service personnel upload the information for export to the mobile app. The workshop will also include a discussion of best practices for the audio description of print material such as brochures and maps.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand how audio description is applied to print materials
  • Experience the use of best practices in applying AD as developed by the project
  • Apply accessible design principles to mobile technology

About the Workshop Leaders

Photo: Thomas Conway

Thomas Conway, MBA is the Media Coordinator for the Center on Disability Studies (CDS), College of Education, at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Photo: Brett Oppegaard

Brett Oppegaard, PhD is the Principal Investigator of the NPS Audio Description project and Assistant Professor in the School of Communications at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Photo: Megan Conway

Megan Conway, PhD is an Assistant Professor and the Director of Instruction and Training at the Center on Disability Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.