Audio Describe the World
Translate our visual world into an audible one, helping to make it more accessible; learn howGet Started
This government-funded effort features research, community engagement, and many public benefitsLEARN MORE
This project has included stakeholders who are blind and visually impaired at each and every design phaseABOUT US
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.
This is the audio-only described version for the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island park brochure. It contains maps, historic black and white and contemporary color photographs, timelines and text that present the history of the park and how to plan your visit.
Stretched across 80,000 acres north and south of the Golden Gate Bridge, these parks also constitute one of the world’s largest national parks in an urban setting.
Not just a great valley, but a shrine to human foresight, the strength of granite, the power of glaciers, the persistence of life, and the tranquility of the High Sierra.
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.