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

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AD LogoWhat do YOU do for audio description?  Do you provide services professionally?  Are you a non-profit which has been providing description for local theaters for years?  An independent?  A theatre or museum which provides description?

We'd like to hear from you.  Send us a write-up about your work, and we'll consider it for publication here!  Use the Webmaster link at the bottom of the page.  (Posted Oct 14)

Justice Dept Proposes ADA Modification for Movie Theater Accessibility

On Friday, July 25, Attorney General Eric Holder signed a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to amend the Title III regulation for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to require movie theaters to provide closed movie captioning and audio description in order to give persons with hearing and vision disabilities access to movies.  Read the full announcement.  (Posted July 25)

Audio Description Project Conference Highlights

We had a terrific Conference this year!  There were 66 attendees from nine countries signed up (including speakers), with an average attendance of 35 at any given session.  We had a good split between users and providers of audio description, with excellent opportunities to interact.  Our new mentor program also paired describers with ACB Conference attendees who weren't otherwise directly involved in our project.  The mentors/mentees learned from each other.

Do you have a suggested topic for our next Conference two years from now?  Drop us a line!  We'd really like to hear from you.

One highlight of the Conference was the presentation by Tom Wladkowski, Vice President of Accessibility at Comcast.  Tom described his X-1 cloud-based platform for delivering an easy-to-use accessible TV and video controller later this year.  He not only described features initially available (like a talking remote with simple controls and a talking Guide), but the intent to add features like voice control in the future.  Tom also acknowledged problems with customer service reps not understanding video description issues, so they established a dedicated Accessibility Center reachable at 1-855-270-0379.

Separately, important dates mandated by the FCC moving accessiblity forward were reviewed, including the requirement for emergency message scrolls to be voiced by May 2015 (though that will interfere with the delivery of video description); and the requirement for accessible user interfaces (such as one-button access to video description) by December 2016. 

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Audio Description News

New Described TV Series

FoxSheldon and Leonard has added three new described shows:  Gotham, Gracepoint, and maybe Red Band Society (which they say is described, but has not been so far).  ABC has added black-ish, Selfie, and The GoldbergsCBS is describing The Big Bang Theory starting this season; and they are also listing several Saturday morning shows with description, though they vary by market and will not be in our listing of described show by date:  Lucky Dog; Dr Chris, Pet Vet; The Henry Ford's Innovation Nation; Recipe Rehab; All In With Laila Ali; and Game Changers with Kevin Frazier.

This fall, PBS is presenting Ken Burns' series, The Roosevelts, with description.  Episodes of Masterpiece Mystery's Marple and Sherlock are also reportedly described.  (Updated Oct 14) 

New Audio Described DVDs and Blu-ray Discs

The following DVDs were released on October 7 and 14 with audio description:  X-Men: Days of Future Past, Million Dollar Arm, and A Million Ways to Die in the West.

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The most recent described DVDs are as follows:  X-Men: Days of Future Past, Million Dollar Arm, A Million Ways to Die in the West, Transformers: Age of Extinction, Neighbors, The Fault in Our Stars, Think Like a Man Too, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, For No Good Reason, Moms' Night Out, Toy Story of Terror, Only Lovers Left Alive, Spiderman 2, Disneynature: Bears, Muppets Most Wanted, Need for Speed, Divergent, Noah, Heaven is For Real, Rio 2See Also:

Join us on Facebook or Twitter (links below) to receive new described DVD notifications, or use the page-change notification form at the top of this page.  (Updated Oct 14)

Reference

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 ...

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!