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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 Notify Me button.

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ADP Convention Agenda Updated

A D P with a soundwave and Braille belowThis year's ACB Conference will be held as a virtual conference (via Zoom) from 9:30am to 9:30pm daily starting July 3.  The ADP Conference will be held each afternoon Mon-Fri at various times, plus some pre-conference specials.  If you did not preregister, the one-time cost to attend the ADP Zoom sessions (and all the ACB sessions) will be $35 during the Conference.  Registration will open on Thursday July 2 from noon to 5:00 PM eastern time.  To register please have your credit card available for payment and call (612) 332-3242.  This is the only way for you to register, you cannot register online.  Here is the agenda (or read the detailed agenda, including the ACB Radio sessions):

  • Fri Jul 3, 6pm:  2020 Academy Award Winner for BEST PICTURE, Parasite.  The catch is that this film is NOT available in the USA with audio description, but WE HAVE A COPY WITH DESCRIPTION!  Audio only.
  • Sat Jul 4, 7:30pm:  Disney's Pick of the Litter, with one of the participants present to answer questions.  Audio only.
  • Sat Jul 4 9pm:  Described 2019 Fireworks from the Mall in Washington, DC.  Audio only.
  • Mon Jul 6 4:30pm:  Features and Functions of the ADP Website
  • Mon Jul 6 7:30pm:  Entertainment and Media Industry Update with panelists discussing their audio description offerings
  • Tue Jul 7, 12:30pm:  AD Achievement Award Winners
  • Tue Jul 7, 3pm:  FCC Legislative Update
  • Wed Jul 8 4:30pm:  The National Park Service and Audio Description
  • Thu Jul 9 3pm:  Strategies for Cord-Cutting or Do You Stream?
  • Fri Jul 10 3 pm:  Audio Description and Quality Control-the Hiring of Description Producers/Describers and Audio Editors
  • Fri Jul 10, 8pm: ACB "Banquet" speaker:  Roy Samuelson, a leading Audio Description Narrator.  Roy will be sharing how his firm informs, inspires, and recruits relevant organizations into a new initiative in blind audience empowerment.
  • All week: Various audio described tours on ACB Radio, replayed at 9am, 9pm, and 3am.  (Updated Jun 30)

One Small, Easy Way to Make the Oscars More Inclusive

The Oscar TrophyA recent article on the daily news site Slate reinforces (and references) the ACB's point made in a March letter to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (home of the Oscars) that any nomination for Best Picture must be accessible via closed captioning and audio description.  Read One Small, Easy Way to Make the Oscars More InclusiveSee also a June 1 article:  Oscars: audio description brings film to life for blind people, it deserves an award too.  (Posted Jun 23)

Winners of the 2020 ADP Achievement Awards

Red Award RibbonThe American Council of the Blind proudly announces the 2020 Achievement Awards in Audio Description, an initiative of the Council's Audio Description Project.  Read the full awards announcement.  Formal presentation will be Tuesday, July 7.  Summary (Posted Jun 19):

  • Achievement in Audio Description – Performing Arts: Broadway Sacramento
  • Special Recognition Achievement in Audio Description — Performing Arts: Mary Hanks
  • Achievement in Audio Description – Media: Disney+/The Walt Disney Company
  • Achievement in Audio Description – Visual Art/Museums/Visitor Centers: Michele Hartley
  • Achievement in Audio Description – International: VocalEyes (U.K.)
  • Special Recognition Achievement in Audio Description – International: Audio Described Aotearoa Ltd. (New Zealand)
  • Dr. Margaret R. Pfanstiehl Memorial Achievement Award in Audio Description – Research and Development: United Airlines
  • Barry Levine Memorial Award for Career Achievement in Audio Description: Matthew J. Kaplowitz

AD Narrator & ADP Staff Podcasts

The ADNA LogoThe ADNA (Audio Description Narrators of America) website has recently added podcasts with AD Narrators, the professional voice-over artists who read the audio description for movies and TV series.  As a bonus, site owner Roy Samuelson (a narrator himself) has interviewed a number of us at the ADP and will be rotating in those interviews clearly identified as "BONUS" content!  Give "us" and the real AD Narrators a listen at “Know Your Narrator” Interviews.  You'll need to bookmark the page and return weekly to hear new podcasts.  (Posted Jun 16)

Audio Description News

Audio Described DVDs and Blu-ray Discs

No doubt related to closed cinemas, there were no DVDs released with Audio Description tracks since June 9:  The Hunt and Out of My Head.

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Next Week July 7:  Trolls World Tour.

Recent USA Described DVDs:  Out of My Head; The Hunt; The Invisible Man; Downhill; Emma; Onward; Sonic The Hedgehog; The Way Back; Birds of Prey; Blumhouse's Fantasy Island; Call of the Wild; The Photograph; The Traitor; Bloodshot; Gretel & Hansel; Ordinary Love; I Still Believe; The Rhythm Section; Bad Boys For Life; Like a Boss; Looking for Alaska: Season 1; more...

USA Described DVDs:  2020 | 2019 | All Since 1997 | For Children

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Dolby Atmos AD - Please!

Disability advocate and writer Jonathan Mosen has written an interesting blog post about the shortcuts that providers take in not offering audio description tracks with the latest Dolby audio technologies.  Reflecting on how a person who is blind depends so much on hearing, he states:  "This sort of immersive sound experience is ideal for blind people."  Read:  Atmos Fear. Blind people like me are an ideal audience for stunning Dolby Atmos sound, but most studios are locking us out.  (Posted Jun 30)

Australia's FlagAustralia Now Offering TV AD

In Australia, both the ABC and SBS networks are now offering around 14 hours of Audio Description per week across their respective channels.  Click the network names to learn more.  (Posted Jun 23)

Live Remote Broadcasts With AD in Brazil

Brazil FlagThe worldwide need for social distancing has led to the creation of new solutions to everyday problems, and providing Audio Description is no exception.  Learn how this was accomplished in Brazil recently in the article, Live Remote Broadcasts With Audio Description in Brazil.  (Posted Jun 9)

Three Weeks in Athens, All About AD!

ColosseumLast December, ADP Project Director Dr. Joel Snyder traveled to Greece on a Fulbright Specialist Grant for a three-week residency giving a series of seminars, workshops, and public programs on audio description.  Read about Joel's trip.  (Posted May 26)

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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, streaming services, 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.  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: A Comprehensive Training Manual and Guide to the History and Applications of Audio Description, is available in print (English, Portuguese, Polish, and Russian), for Kindle, on Bookshare, and in Braille and as an audio book from NLS libraries.  Read more details about Dr. Snyder's book...

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