UniD Quick Guide

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The UniDescription Project: Delivery and Playback

The community of users who are blind, have low vision, have a print-related disability, or are auditory learners are diverse. They use different equipment based on their needs and technology skills. The UniD system allows for multiple outputs to make audio-described "unigrid" brochure content accessible.

Each audio-described NPS unigrid brochure in this project has been added to the UniDescription mobile app, available for free on the App for
Apple / iOS devices and Google Play for Android devices.

The UniD system allows additional formats to be created (HTML5, Mp3 audio files and text files), for distribution on websites, social media or person-to-person sharing, based on the user’s needs and available tools. These distribution formats are intended to cover all use-case scenarios involving park visitors who are blind, have low vision, have print-related disabilities, or are audio-oriented learners.

Attached are step-by-step instructions for accessing and downloading the app, and exporting and uploading UniD files onto each park’s NPS.gov website.

Denali National Park and Preserve is an early adopter of this project. Their webpage is a helpful example of how these formats can be shared.

Points of Contact:

  • Dr. Brett Oppegaard, University of Hawaii, brett.oppegaard@hawaii.edu, 360-521-8150
  • Michele Hartley, Harpers Ferry Center, michele_hartley@nps.gov, 304-535-6083

Last updated: January 27, 2021