• 39th CSUN Assistive Technology Conference - March 18-22, 2024 at the Anaheim Marriott

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Unlocking the Power of Environmental Audio Description

Date & Time
Friday, March 22, 2024 - 11:20 AM PDT  
Grand CD  
Environmental audio description (EAD) makes arts, cultural, and recreational spaces more engaging for blind and low-vision visitors. Organizations that wish to better serve a wider audience should include EAD at their attractions. This session will educate attendees on what environmental audio description is, why it is useful, and how to create effective EADs for your organization. We will provide an overview of GBH and NCAM’s 20-year history of innovation and experience in providing environmental audio description. We will share examples of how NCAM EADs have made tourist sites, theme parks, and museums more accessible, interesting, and entertaining for blind and low-vision guests. Additionally, our panel of NCAM professionals will offer tips on how to plan EAD creation and delivery, how to write appealing EAD content, how to use software like GBH's free CADET tool to time out a description, and how to balance descriptions with cognitive load. Like all new skills, environmental audio description can seem daunting at first; however, our panel will give useful perspective and insight on the process.  
  • Government
  • Entertainment & Recreation
  • Media & Publishing
  • Marketing
Audience Level
Session Summary (Abstract)
Learn how to create more engaging cultural, arts, or recreation spaces for blind and low-vision visitors. NCAM offers tips for writing effective environmental audio descriptions and explains why it will benefit your cultural or leisure organization.  
Primary Topic
Blind/Low Vision  
Secondary Topics
  • Digital Accessibility
  • Leisure & Travel
  • Mobile Technology
  • Video & Live Streaming
Session Type
General Track  


  • Beth Decker
    National Center for Accessible Media at GBH
  • Bryan Gould
    National Center for Accessible Media at GBH
  • Christina Healey
    National Center for Accessible Media at GBH
  • Gary Kammerer
    National Center for Accessible Media at GBH

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