Audio Describe the World

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The UniD Project

To Create Acoustic Spaces and More Accessible Places
See something, give it voice

Translate our visual world into an audible one, helping to make it more accessible

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Free, open-source, and
university-backed

This government-funded effort features research, community engagement, and many public benefits

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Embracing diversity, inclusion, and accessibility

This project has included stakeholders who are blind and visually impaired at each and every design phase

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Anything visual can be made more accessible through acoustic media, simply by having a sighted person thoughtfully describe its appearance. When audio description began, this process usually was just friend to friend, voice to ear. Emerging technologies, though, have expanded the possibilities. With our free web tool, anyone can create audio description about anything, including visual media and attractions (such as audio versions of photographs, illustrations, maps, paintings, sculptures, historical artifacts, architecture, natural landscapes, etc.). All you have to do is login and start describing the world you see. Then, let our tool create an audio file, web text, or mobile app for you to share with others.


Photo of Megan Conway on a visit to Haleakalā. She is standing in front of a sign board with a map of the park.

UniD researcher Megan Conway, left, from UH, is visually and hearing-impaired and has made many national park site visits, examining and assessing media accessibility, including this recent visit to Haleakalā National Park on Maui in Hawaii. Above, University of Hawai'i student Sajja Koirala, who is blind, has been among the visually impaired collaborators who have been helping the UniD research team design better audio description tools and products for free public use.

The UniDescription project was designed as a research initiative with public benefits. We needed certain web tools to conduct our academic studies, so we thought we might as well design those for the greater good while we were at it. This site includes a UniD Academy, as a place for you to learn more about audio description and its best practices, as well as the unique UniD builder tool, which allows you to easily create and share audio description. More about this project can be found on the About Us page. If you have specific questions or comments, please contact the principal investigator, Dr. Brett Oppegaard, at University of Hawai‘i.