The American Council of the Blind awarded the Wright Brothers National Memorial the 2022 Achievement in Audio Description Award in the visual art/museums/visitor centers/organization category.
The award for accessible exhibits installed in 2018 in the National Historic Landmark visitor center at Wright Brothers National Memorial was announced Monday by the council.
The exhibit was designed with a heavy emphasis on universally accessible experiences, including audio description, Braille brochures, tactile models, manipulative interactive exhibits and expanded audio description of the memorial grounds through the National Park Service Mobile App.
“While developing new exhibits for Wright Brothers National Memorial’s visitor center, National Park Service staff, both past and present, worked diligently to make them accessible and inclusive,” David Hallac, superintendent of National Parks of Eastern North Carolina, said in a statement Tuesday. “Thanks to their hard work, the park received this prestigious award.”
Achievement awards are given to individuals or organizations for outstanding contributions to the establishment and continued development of significant audio description programs, according to the American Council of the Blind.
“Audio description uses words that are succinct, vivid and imaginative to convey visual images from television, film, DVDs, theater, museums and many other settings,” Dan Spoone, president of the American Council of the Blind, said. “The organizations and individuals honored with these awards are among the leaders in description.”
Learn more about accessibility at Wright Brothers National Memorial on the Park Service website.