In their continuing efforts to "audio describe the world," researchers at the University of Hawai'i will collaborate with Google, the American Council of the Blind, and the National Park Service to audio describe print brochures at 15 park sites throughout the state of California.
This latest phase of the UniDescription project will focus on description of the primary print brochures available in California's national parks, distinguishing it as the first state in the country to feature such widespread accessibility for people who are visually impaired or blind. This research project's funding, $75,000, will be shared between UH and ACB, with the National Park Service adding significant in-kind support at each of the involved sites. Google, which operates out of headquarters in Mountain View, CA, was founded under a mission "to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful." Toward that purpose, it offers various grants for accessibility-oriented initiatives and research.