National parks in California to be made accessible to the blind
In a truly inspiring move, researchers in a university in the United States
will work 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 will focus on description of the print brochures available in California’s national parks, making it the first state in the U.S to feature such widespread accessibility for people who are visually impaired or blind. Audio description will mean translating photographs and maps, into a media that allows the ear to hear what the eye might not be able to see.
There are such brochures available at 40 National Park Service sites, throughout the U.S. The long-term plan is to audio-describe all of the 400-plus park sites throughout the United States. Hopefully, this will inspire similar steps in India as well.