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Veronica Hernandez, Joey Ruiz, Nikki Richards, Chenier Derrick in back row, left to right, and Sajja Koirala and Martha Espitia in front row, Yosemite, Nov 2017, photo by Jamie Gibson-Barrows.jpg

Dozens of visually impaired or blind people (plus four seeing-eye dogs) visited Yosemite National Park in November 2017 to help us field test the UniDescription project's free mobile apps. This Google-sponsored test (with a chartered bus provided by the American Council of the Blind) was a collaboration among our University of Hawaii-based research team and its partners, including the California Council of the Blind's Fresno chapter, the national American Council of the Blind organization, the National Park Service, and Google. This photo (provided by CCB's Jamie Gibson-Barrows) shows: Veronica Hernandez, Joey Ruiz, Nikki Richards, and Chenier Derrick in the back row, from left to right, and Sajja Koirala (our UH research assistant) and Martha Espitia in the front row.



Brett's 2017 SIGDOC UniD research poster
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"To Bracket or Not Bracket: Experiments in Gamification in the Wilds of Technical Communication" research poster presented by Brett Oppegaard at the annual Association for Computer Machinery SIG Design of Communication (SIGDOC), held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, in 2017.

Brett's 2016 SIGDOC UniD research poster
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"From seeing to hearing: Lessons learned from a research-based design project focused upon audio description, print-to-acoustic remediation, and mobile-app delivery" research poster presented by Brett Oppegaard at the annual Association for Computer Machinery SIG Design of Communication (SIGDOC), held in Silver Spring, Maryland, U.S., in 2016.

Related peer-reviewed publications, presentations, and external funding

Published: Presented:
  • Oppegaard, Brett. “Insider Positionality: Creating Tools and Translations to Investigate Audio Description,” paper / presentation, International Communication Association (ICA, San Diego, CA, U.S., 2017).
  • Oppegaard, Brett, Conway, Megan, and Conway, Thomas. “To Bracket or Not Bracket: Experiments in Gamification in the Wilds of Technical Communication,” poster / presentation, The Association for Computer Machinery Special Interest Group on Design of Communication (SIGDOC, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, 2017).
  • Conway, Megan, Heyer, Katharina, Black, Rhonda, Oppegaard, Brett, Dalmiya, Vrinda, and Brown, Steven. “Disability Studies: Cultivating Critical Narrative Consciousness,” panel / presentation, Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity (PAC-RIM, Honolulu, HI, U.S., 2017).
  • Conway, Tom, Oppegaard, Brett, and Conway, Megan. “Creating Audio Description for Mobile Apps,” a half-day workshop, Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity (PAC-RIM, Honolulu, HI, U.S., 2017).
  • Oppegaard, Brett. “From Eye to Ear: Lessons Learned from Experiments in Audio Description,” poster / presentation, Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC, Portland, OR, U.S., 2017).
  • Oppegaard, Brett. “When No Tool Exists, Make One: Accessibility and Audio Description as a Computer Science Problem,” International Conference on Information Systems & Computer Science (INCISCOS, Quito, Ecuador, 2016).
  • Oppegaard, Brett. “From seeing to hearing: Research-based design experimentation in development of open-source web and mobile tools for print-to-acoustic remediation,” poster / presentation, The Association for Computer Machinery SIG Design of Communication (SIGDOC, Arlington, VA, U.S., 2016).
  • Oppegaard, Brett, Conway, Thomas, and Conway, Megan. “Audio Description Everywhere: Expanding the Availability of Audio Description through the Use of Mobile Technology,” a half-day workshop, Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity (PAC-RIM, Honolulu, HI, U.S., 2016).
  • Oppegaard, Brett. “Brochures for the Blind: Designing Audio Description Mobile Apps for National Parks,” paper / presentation, Hawai‘i International Conference on Arts and Humanities (HICAH, Honolulu, HI, U.S., 2015).
  • Conway, Thomas, Conway, Megan, and Oppegaard, Brett. “Audio Description and Mobile Apps: Bringing Them Together Around National Park Service Brochures,” poster / presentation, Association of University Centers on Disabilities Conference (AUCD, Washington, D.C., U.S., 2015).
  • Oppegaard, Brett. “From Unigrid to Unidescription,” Audio Description Webinar for the National Park Service (live streamed to parks throughout the Pacific West Region, including a simulcast to audiences in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, California, and Hawai‘i, 2015).
  • Oppegaard, Brett. “Beyond a handout: The behind-the-scenes story of starting a national research initiative,” for the Interdisciplinary Seminar in Communication and Information Sciences doctoral students CIS 720 class at UH Mānoa (2015).
  • Oppegaard, Brett, Conway, Thomas, and Conway, Megan. “Using Mobile Technology to Increase Access to Audio Description,” paper / presentation, Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity (PAC-RIM, Honolulu, HI, U.S., 2015).
  • Oppegaard, Brett. “Mobile for everyone? An analysis of National Park Service audio description as a step toward improving universal design through mobile,” paper / presentation, (International Communication Association, ICA Mobile Preconference, San Juan, Puerto Rico, U.S., 2015).
Funding for this project provided by:
  • Google ($75,000), 2017 – present
  • National Park Service ($344,800 + in-kind services), 2014 – present
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa’s School of Communications and Center on Disability Studies (in-kind services), 2014 – present
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