Research UniD Project Research

This photo shows Silicon Valley and San Francisco chapters of the American Council of the Blind participating in field tests of the UniD apps in April 2018 at Muir Woods National Monument. The seven people shown, including Park Ranger Michael Faw, in the middle of the screen, are either looking at, or listening to, their mobile devices in a setting of enormous redwood trees. Those blind or visually impaired members included Frank Welte, Sally McGuire, Park Ranger Michael Faw, Michael Keithley, and Susan Glass. Photo courtesy of: Dr. Thomas Conway, University of Hawaii.

Silicon Valley and San Francisco chapters of the American Council of the Blind participated in field tests of the UniD apps in April 2018 at Muir Woods National Monument. Those blind or visually impaired members included Frank Welte, Sally McGuire, Park Ranger Michael Faw, Michael Keithley, and Susan Glass. Photo courtesy of: Dr. Thomas Conway, University of Hawaii.



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.



Conway, T., Oppegaard, B., & Conway, M. (2016). Toward cultural inclusion: Using mobile technologies to increase access to audio description, The Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal, 11(4), 5-8.

Jordan, Philipp, and Oppegaard, Brett. "Media Accessibility Policy in Theory and Reality: Empirical Outreach to Audio Description Users in the United States," paper / presentation, Hawai‘i International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS, Wailea, HI, U.S., 2019).

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.

And Also Presented:
  • Conway, Megan, Conway, Thomas, and Oppegaard, Brett. “Mobile Technology for Audio Description,” workshop, Association of University Centers on Disabilities Conference (AUCD, Washington, D.C., U.S., 2018).
  • Jordan, Philipp, and Oppegaard, Brett. "Media Accessibility Policy in Theory and Reality: Empirical Outreach to Audio Description Users in the United States," paper / presentation, Hawai‘i International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS, Wailea, HI, U.S., 2019).
  • Oppegaard, Brett. "Mind on the Move: Mobile Learning Through Embodiment and Interactivity," paper / presentation, International Conference on Interactivity, Language & Cognition (CILC4, Honolulu, HI, U.S., 2018).
  • Decker, Denise, Hartley, Michele, Bloomer, Ray, Conway, Megan, Conway, Thomas, Koirala, Sajja, and Barrows, Jamie Gibson. “The National Park Service and Audio Description,” panel / presentation, American Council of the Blind Audio Description Project Conference (ACB ADP, St. Louis, MO, U.S., 2018).
  • Koirala, Sajja. “The UniDescription Project: Providing Tools, Training, and Mobile Apps to Spread Audio Description Through Our National Parks,” paper / presentation, American Council of the Blind Conference and Convention (ACB, St. Louis, MO, U.S., 2018).
  • Oppegaard, Brett, Erdal, Ivar John, Frith, Jordan, Morais, Ana Rita, and Oie, Kjetil. “Locative Media En Plein Air: Categorizing, Analyzing, and Creating Location-Based Narratives, Counter Narratives, and Other Types of Mobile Media In Situ,” panel / presentation, International Communication Association Mobile Preconference (ICA Mobile, Prague, Czech Republic, 2018).
  • Frith, Jordan, Farman, Jason, and Oppegaard, Brett. “The temporality of mobile media,” panel / presentation, Association of Internet Researchers (AOIR, Tartu, Estonia, 2017).
  • 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).
Research Partners

The University of Hawaii at Manoa

School of Communications /
Center On Disability Studies

In-Kind Services

2014 - Present

The U.S. National Park Service

Harpers Ferry Center
 

$344,800 + In-Kind Services

2014 - Present

Google, Inc.
 

 
 

$225,000 + In-Kind Services

2017 - Present

American Council of the Blind

 
 

In-Kind Services

2017 - Present