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Pre-Conference Event

Audiodescription Workshop

Saturday, February 26, 2022 (HST)

Audio Description Everywhere:
Expanding the Availability of Audio Description through the Use of Mobile Technology

Feb. 26

Saturday, February 26, 2022: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM (HST)

A Virtual Event


This hands-on workshop will demonstrate the ongoing research to practice development of a US National Park Service (NPS) grant on providing audio described NPS brochures through mobile technology. Currently, the NPS is expanding the accessibility of informational materials for park users with a focus on end-user’s with mobile technology, such as Smartphones and tablets, and a text-to-speech application for blind and visually-impaired users. The workshop will feature a hands on demonstration of the beta versions of both the front end application, which participants can upload to their mobile device, and the back end application where onsite Park Service personnel upload the information for export to the mobile app. The workshop will also include a discussion of best practices for the audio description of print material such as brochures and maps.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand how audio description is applied to print materials
  • Experience the use of best practices in applying AD as developed by the project
  • Apply accessible design principles to mobile technology


This workshop is free for Pac Rim registrants and $10 for the public. 

If you are a Pac Rim registrant, select this workshop as an additional session under “Sessions” when you register. If you are not attending Pac Rim, select the “Pre-/Post-Events Only” Registration Type before selecting this workshop. 


Headshot: Thomas Conway

Thomas Conway, PhD is the Instruction and Training Director for the Center on Disability Studies (CDS), College of Education, at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Brett Oppegaard headshot in front of green palms

Brett Oppegaard, PhD is the Principal Investigator of the NPS Audio Description project and Associate Professor in the School of Communications at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.


If you have questions about participating, please email Dr. Thomas Conway at