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
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Actiview for Movie Theaters
A new company called Actiview promises to eliminate the problems that
patrons have with movie theater-issued accessibility equipment. "When
you step into the theater, all of the movie’s accessibility content will be
available at no extra cost in our mobile app that requires no in-theater
setting, fussing or maintenance." They aim to eliminate the frustration
currently occuring with faulty receivers, dead batteries, etc. As one
early reviewer put it, "Phone in pocket, enjoy the movie. That’s it."
The smartphone product is still under development.
Learn more about Actiview.
(Posted July 21)
2016 Audio Description Award Winners
LISTEN to the 2016 Conference speakers!
Presented at the ACB and ADP Conferences.
Press Release. The Audio Description Honor Roll. (Updated July
- Achievement in Audio Description - Performing Arts: Arts
Access, Raleigh, NC
- Achievement in Audio Description - Media: Fred Brack,
ADP Webmaster, Raleigh, NC
- Achievement in Audio Description - Museums: Dole Institute
of Politics / Audio-Reader Network, Lawrence, KS
- Achievement in Audio Description - International: Bos
Soluções e Serviços Ltda. - Sao Paulo, Brazil
- Special Recognition Achievement in Audio Description: Alice
Austin, Eliot, ME
- Special Recognition Achievement in Audio Description: Mark
Messersmith, The Visual Voice - Mountain View, CA
- Dr. Margaret R. Pfanstiehl Memorial Achievement Award in Audio
Description - Research and Development: Disney / Pixar "Disney
Movies Anywhere App" - Los Angeles, CA
- Barry Levine Memorial Award for Career Achievement in Audio
Description: Dr. Francisco Lima - Recife, Brazil
Audio Description News
Audio Described DVDs and Blu-ray Discs
Four new Audio Described DVDs were released on July 26:
Barbershop: The Next Cut,
(Updated July 26)
Barbershop: The Next Cut,
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,
Everybody Wants Some,
Miracles From Heaven,
The Divergent Series: Allegiant,
I Saw the Light,
Kung Fu Panda 3,
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2,
The Brothers Grimsby,
10 Cloverfield Lane,
Eddie the Eagle,
London Has Fallen,
The Young Messiah,
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi,
The Other Side of the Door,
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New Audio Described TV Series
has begun description for
Ancient Aliens Fridays at 9pm and
Ozzy and Jack's World Detour Sundays at 10pm. The new season of
Road Truckers will have description starting August 4 at 10pm.
will begin description for its new series
Tuesday July 26 and
the South starting Thursday August 4 at 10pm.
(Updated July 26)
Help With Promoting Audio Description Locally
If you have the opportunity to promote audio description locally to an
organization you belong to or are asked to speak to, we have developed a ONE
PAGE document that you can customize as necessary for your area. It
explains briefly what description opportunities are available: live
theatre, TV, DVDs, and internet streaming. It then points readers to our
site to learn more (like specifically what shows, movies, or TV series have
description). Download your own copy for customization by
right-clicking the following link:
Audio Description: What's Available? (Posted July 6)
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.
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!