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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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BADIE Award Winners Announced

The BADIE contest (which we announced last October) asked young people who are blind or have low vision to submit short reviews of any described movie.  Here we announce the winners.  (Posted Mar 21)

Hamilton (Lack of AD) Lawsuit Revisited

An interesting new article appeared on NPR recently discussing the lawsuit regarding the lack of audio description for the immensely popular broadway show Hamilton.   "I think what this suit brings to light is that you have a hidden population out there that is not gaining the full access to Broadway," says attorney Scott Dinin who filed the class-action suit.  On the other hand, there are good things to report.  "Last year, a new website called Theatre Access NYC launched" whose goal is " to provide one stop where people with disabilities can find accessible performances."  Read the NPR article.  (Posted Mar 21)

UC-Berkeley To Delete Online Content

Per a recent Campus Announcement, the University of California, Berkeley, will cut off public access to tens of thousands of video lectures and podcasts in response to a U.S. Justice Department order that it make the educational content accessible to people with disabilities. Starting March 15, the university will begin removing more than 20,000 video and audio lectures from public view as a result of a Justice Department accessibility order.  Additional Article on File Deletion.  This has been a popular item on our discussion list also.  (Posted Mar 14)

We've Gone Mobile!

The ADP Website has now been adapted to present better on your smartphone:  minimal heading, separate navigation, and larger print filling existing screen space.  Any webmaster interested in knowing how this was done may visit the ADP webmaster's Making a Website Mobile Friendly page.  (Posted Mar 7)

Describe Visual Elements to Enhance eLearning Usability

That's the title of an article in Learning Solutions magazine.  With input from ADP Directory Joel Snyder, it discusses the intersection of Universal Design and Audio Description.  Worth a read!  (Posted Mar 7)

The Visual Made Verbal Now Available as an Audio Book

Dr. Joel Snyder's ACB-published The Visual Made Verbal: A Comprehensive Training Manual and Guide to the History and Applications of Audio Description is now available to audio description consumers as an audio book voiced by the author.  Patrons of the Library of Congress' National Library Service can simply ask their local library to request a loan of the book.  The local NLS library can ask the D.C. Talking Book Library for the book, number DC70147.  The DC Talking Book Library phone number is 202-727-2142.  The book can also be ordered in hardcopy from the ACB.  (Posted Mar 7)

Audio Description News

New Audio Described DVDs and Blu-ray Discs

There were FOUR new audio described DVDs released on March 21:  Assassin's Creed, Julieta, Live By Night, Sing - Special Edition.

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Recent:  Assassin's Creed, Julieta, Live By Night, Sing - Special Edition, Collateral Beauty, Elle, Fences, Passengers, Incarnate, Jackie, Moana, Allied, Doctor Strange, Rules Don't Apply, Hacksaw Ridge, Nocturnal Animals, Arrival, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, Bleed for This, The Edge of Seventeen, Almost Christmas, Desierto, King Kong - Ultimate Edition, Loving, The Eagle Huntress, The Take, Trolls, Queen of Katwe, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, I'm Not Ashamed, Inferno, The Light Between the Oceans, Keeping Up With the Joneses, Ouija: Origin of Evil, MORE... 

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New Audio Described TV Series Updated

Fox premiered the reality series Kicking and Screaming recently.

NBC has added the fourth "Chicago" series with description:  Chicago Justice.

See our pages describing how to receive described TV, described shows by network, and/or our daily listing of described TV shows.   (Updated Mar 14)


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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 (English and Russian), 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!