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by Catherine Schmitt

Acadia National Park and Saint Croix Island International Historic Site recently participated in a project to make their brochures accessible to more people. Anyone can now listen to an audio-described version of park brochures.

Audio description helps to ensure that people who are blind or have low vision can enjoy equal access to information by providing full narrative details about visual content such as photographs, illustrations, video, and live performances.

Acadia and St. Croix Island International Historic Site joined more than 100 National Park Service sites throughout the country that have produced audio-described versions of their site brochures over the past decade in partnership with the University of Hawaii. Find a complete list of available NPS audio descriptions at

Contributors to Saint Croix Island’s project included Schoodic Institute staff Catherine Schmitt and Jack Byerly, park staff, and volunteers, several of whom are people with visual impairments. Many thanks to Michael Zwelling, Karin Magera, Rebecca Wang, Lucy Jiang, Louise Gillis, Thomus Hurtut and Michelle Bartram.

Find access details and instructions for Acadia and Saint Croix.