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Welcome to the Audio Description Project!

Here you will learn everything about Audio Description, from what is it, to samples, to who does it, to how and where it is available in various media.  You can also join our online discussion, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, and be notified of updates to this page by typing your email address in the box to the right and pressing the Submit button. 

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Audio Description in Theatre

The number of audio describers for live theatre continues to grow.  Here's a great video report about one of them at the Metropolitan Washington Ear These Volunteers Are Bringing Plays to Life For the Visually Impaired (NBC). 

And here's another great piece from our friends "down under," highlighting the value of a tactile tour:  I love theatre and I’m blind. Here’s how that works.  (Posted Sep 20)

Audio Describer Training

There is one more opportunity this year to be trained as an Audio Describer:

  • September 30 - October 1, Research Triangle Park, NC

For full information, see our Training/Education page.  (Updated Sep 13)

FCC Public Notice Re Accessibility
of Cable/Satellite Receivers

On August 2, the FCC released a Public Notice to remind covered manufacturers and multichannel video programming distributors (cable, satellite, and more) about the approaching December 20, 2016 compliance deadline for two new requirements:

  1. Appropriate built-in functions on digital apparatus (such as play back or display of video programming) must be accessible to and usable by individuals who are blind or visually impaired, if achievable. Such equipment with built-in closed captioning or video description capability must include a method that is reasonably comparable to a button, key, or icon for activating closed captioning and video description.
  2. The on-screen text menu and guides provided by set-top boxes and other navigation devices must be audibly accessible in real-time upon request by individuals who are blind or visually impaired. Also, such navigation devices must include a method that is reasonably comparable to a button, key, or icon for activating the closed captioning.

A compliance guide is available to help small entities comply with the new rules.  For more information about the new requirements, please see the Public Notice.  (Posted Aug 3)

ACB Survey:  More Audio Description Needed!

Survey says ... only 2% of people with visual impairment feel they are getting enough audio description.  That's part of the preliminary results of the recently concluded ACB survey.  And when compared to the accommodation for the deaf community, it is an "injustice when captioning can exceed such a wide breadth of coverage across broadcast channels, while the blindness community is relegated to a handful of hours each week during prime time."  Read more about the ACB Survey.  (Posted Aug 2)

Audio Description News

Audio Described DVDs and Blu-ray Discs

There were two new Audio Described DVD released on September 20 and four released on September 13:  Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows, Captain America: Civil War, The Conjuring 2, De Palma, Pop Star: Never Stop Never Stopping.  We also added two we missed recently:  A Bigger Splash and Demolition.

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2016 Recent:  Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows, Captain America: Civil War, The Conjuring 2, De Palma, Pop Star: Never Stop Never Stopping, The Meddler, Money Monster, A Bigger Splash, Me Before You, Jungle Book, The Case of the Three Sided Dream, The Huntsman: Winter's War (Extended Edition), Maggie's Plan, The Nice Guys, Ratchet & Clank, The Angry Birds Movie, God's Not Dead 2, The Bronze, Keanu, Barbershop: The Next Cut, The Boss, Criminal, Hardcore Henry, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Miles Ahead, Demolitionmore ...

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New Audio Described TV Series Updated

Wow!  FIVE shows are getting audio description starting this week!

Fox is premiering the following shows with audio description:  Lethal Weapon on September 21, Pitch on September 22, The Exorcist on September 23, and Son of Zorn on September 25. 

NBC will premiere description on the second season of Superstore on Thursday, September 22.  A new show, Better Late Than Never, has description on Tuesdays, as does The Good Place on Thursdays.

TBS will air reruns of Bob's Burgers starting September 30.

USA Network will premiere Falling Water on October 13.

See our page describing what's described on TV and how to get it and/or view the current schedule of described TV shows.   (Updated Sep 20)

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The Audio Description Project's website collects and provides information on audio description in all its forms: live theatre, television, movies, DVDs, and more.  Started in 2002 by AD International, funding and direction for this website now come from the American Council of the Blind's Audio Description Project (started in March 2009).  Read more about this site ...

Audio Description (AD) is the descriptive narration of key visual elements of live theatre, television, movies, and other media to enhance their enjoyment by consumers who are blind or have low vision.  AD is the insertion of audio explanations and descriptions of the settings, characters, and action taking place in such media, when such information about these visual elements is not offered in the regular audio presentation.  Read more about audio description ...

Based on his doctoral thesis and teaching audio description around the world, ADP Project Director Dr Joel Snyder's book, The Visual Made Verbal, is available in print, for Kindle, and on Bookshare.  Read more details about Dr Snyder's book

Dedicated organizations around the world facilitate the offering of audio description in select movie theaters, videos, live theatre, and television programming, and this website attempts to expose their fine work to as many interested viewers as possible. Thank you for visiting!