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Audio Description Project: International Collection of Child Art: Home

Project objective


The Illinois Information Technology Accessibility Act (Public Act 095-0307) requires state funded information technology, including development, purchase, or new provision, will be made accessible to users with disabilities. It is suggested audio descriptions accompany digital images to enhance access for individuals with a print disability such as vision impairment.  

Milner Library initiated a pilot project to investigate aspects of developing audio descriptions for a digital image collection. The International Collection of Child Art (ICCA) digital collection  served as a beta model for developing audio transcripts.

Funding for the digitization of the ICCA was awarded by the Illinois State Library, a division of the Office of Secretary of State, through the Library Services and Technology Grant Act using funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the federal Library Services and Technology Act.

Audio descriptions from the project may be sampled here.


Project contributors

Special thanks to individuals, groups, and classes who provided support and contributed to the project:

Illinois State Library, Library Services & Technology Act Grant program

ISU's University Research Grant program

Milner Library

Milner Library Digital Center

Student research assistants (FY2015) Mariana Esperanza, Lauren Gray, Alzbeta Holmokova, Anna Jahncke, Christine Jang, Whitney Johnson, Mary Kate McLaughlin, Jordan Thomas, Lauren Witt

Student research assistants (FY2013, FY2014) Celina Arquilla, Morgan Bonkamp, Valerie Delcourt, Elijah Eiler, Jennifer Hehner,Kristen Houlihan, Lauren Mehalek, Shelbie Sumner, Antoinette Viola

Student research  assistants: Dan Abdalla, Sarah Arnish, Hayley Fisk, Joey Fitzpatrick, Danielle Jackson, Gina Pantone, Michelle Wallace

Kathe Conley, consulting project editor (FY2011)

Art 307: Art for Diverse Populations; Art 290: Research Methods & Professional Skills; English 470: Children's Literature & New Media; English 101: Composition as Critical Inquiry

Kennedy Center's Leadership & Exchange in Arts & Disability

Ann Caldwell, Director ISU Disability Concerns

Channy Lyons, co-author Audio Description Illinois

Dr. Nina Levent, Art Beyond Sight

William Patterson, Audio Description Solutions




Untitled, 13 year old boy, mixed media, 1971.
Manitoba, Canada.