Accessible Media means access for people with a wide range of disabilities. The icons above reflect some of the creative techniques and technologies possible including: audio description, tactiles, on screen captioning, large print, braille, sign language, t-coil cells, and of course physical access for people who use wheelchairs, walkers, and canes.  

Audio Description (AD), sometimes called Verbal Description, is one example of Accessible Media. Audio Description uses words to represent the visual world. It can help people who are blind or visually impaired to understand what they cannot see, and it can often provide a new perspective for people with sight.  

Examples of projects in which I wrote Audio Description for audio tours in museums, historic sites, or web sites. 

World Trade Center – See Forever Observatory
In consultation with Art Beyond Sight I wrote an Audio Description audio tour for visitors with vision loss to the Observatory atop the World Trade New York. The tour was produced by Antenna Audio.

For Metro North I wrote and narrated an audio tour of the landmark Grand Central Terminal for a general audience, and an accessible audio tour for people with vision loss. The tours were produced by Orpheo USA and are rented at a ticket window in the Terminal or downloaded online..Here is the Information Booth stop from the accessible Grand Central Tour.

For the Green Bay Packers newly designed Hall of Fame in the Lambeau Field Atrium, I wrote and narrated an Audio Description tour for football fan visitors with vision loss. The tour was produced by Orpheo US.

In consultation with Art Beyond Sight, I wrote the Audio Description scripts, and produced the audio and photographs for the web site New York Beyond Sight for people with vision loss. Prominent New Yorkers describe their favorite aspect of the city’s visual culture including art, architecture, and public spaces. 

In consultation with Art Beyond Sight, I wrote the Audio Description scripts, and produced and narrated the audio for the web site American Art for people with vision loss. The site features paintings from the Brooklyn Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art. For each painting there is a sound rich introduction followed by an audio description of the work, and a high res image for those with some vision.

I have written, produced, and narrated accessible audio tours for the exhibitions Lincoln and New York, Stories in Sterling, The Armory Show at 100, and Revolution: the Atlantic World Reborn. 
Also for NYHS, I wrote and narrated content for New York and The Nationa mobile app to provide text labels and verbal descriptions for people with vision loss.

For MoMA (NY) I wrote and narrated the audio description for a video on MoMA’s web site to introduce their Art inSight program for visitors who are blind or partially sighted.

For more on Accessible Media, see ART THROUGH SOUND