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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 Submit button. 

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Unidescription App at Yosemite

Recently, 26 members and guests of the (ACB's) CCB Fresno chapter visited Yosemite National Park to beta test the new iOS and Android app "Unidescription" (UniD) developed by the University of Hawaii.  A focus group at the end provided valuable feedback to developers.  You can read about the Yosemite beta test, and you can also download the app now, as several national parks are participating.  (Posted Dec 5)

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The thirteenth Audio Description Institute will be held on February 24-26, 2018 in Alexandria, Virginia.  Learn how to become an Audio Describer or refresh your skills. Register now!  Read the Institute Annoucement.

Another training opportunity by a different organization (Arts Access) will be held in Durham, NC, on January 19-20.  Visit our Training/Education page for details.  (Updated Dec 5)

Virgin Atlantic Airlines Offers Audio Description

Virgin Atlantic has become the latest carrier to improve the experience of flying for its blind passengers by offering audio description on its entertainment system.  Passengers can request a handheld tablet from the cabin crew prior to takeoff. The touchscreen device comes loaded with a list of current film and TV titles, all of which have been adapted to offer audio description.  Virgin Atlantic says it has tested the new feature with Guide Dogs for the Blind, reporting positive feedback from visually-impaired passengers.  Read the full article.  (Posted Dec 1)

Discrimination Class Action Filed Against Hulu

On November 20, the ACB and others filed a nationwide class action against Hulu for failing to provide accommodations for people who are blind or visually impaired, in violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act.  Specifically, Hulu does not provide any audio description tracks for its videos, and its website and app are not considered accessible.  The ACB, ADP, and individuals have contacted Hulu numerous times in the past about this matter without resolution, and thus the Class Action.  Read the Hulu Class Action Press Release and/or view the Hulu Class Action Document.  (Posted Nov 21)

Actiview AppActiview App Supports FIVE New Films Updated

The Actiview app supports audio description for two five new movies:  Wonderstruck, Breathe, Coco, The Man Who Invented Christmas, and Dealt.  The audio description is delivered via the free app, not the cinema.  Just download the AD track at home using the App, then bring your smartphone and earphones to the movie theater.  In addition to audio description, the app supports amplified audio (as an Assisted Listening Device), captioning, foreign languages, and sign language for some movies.  At the present time, the app is only available to iPhone users, but an Android version is in development, as are tracks for other movies.  Visit the Actiview website and join their email list.  (Updated Nov 21)

Audio Description News

New Audio Described DVDs and Blu-ray Discs

There were three audio described DVDs released December 12, two on December 5, and one on November 28:  All Saints, Detroit, Kingsmen: The Golden Circle, American Assassin, Despicable Me 3, Logan Lucky.

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Recent:  All Saints, Detroit, Kingsmen: The Golden Circle, American Assassin, Despicable Me 3, Logan Lucky, The Hitman's Bodyguard, Valerian and the City of A Thousand Planets, Atomic Blonde, Brigsby Bear, Cars 3, The Glass Castle, The Dark Tower, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, Annabelle: Creation, The Emoji Movie, War for the Planet of the Apes, Stranger Things Season 1 4-disc DVD / Blu-Ray Collectors Edition Box Set, Step, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Baby Driver, Maudie, The House, Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Transformers: The Last Knight, The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, MORE... 

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Recent New Audio Described USA TV Programs

NOTE!  Christmas specials (Santa, Rudolph, Frosty, etc.) are often audio described.

History Channel Forged in Fire, Thursdays at 7pm; New! Knightfall premieres Wednesday Dec 6 at 10pm.

TBS Search Party, Sundays at 10pm.

USA Network Damnation, Tuesdays at 10pm.  (Updated Dec 1)

"Dealt" - Movie About a Blind Magician Updated

"Dealt" is a movie about totally blind 62-year-old Richard Turner, one of the greatest card magicians.  Having won numerous awards at film festivals, the audio described film is now starting the rounds of theaters.  Visit the film's website for the trailer and city dates, or read this article from Variety about the film.  "Dealt" is also available on iTunes with description and has just been added to Actiview!  (Updated Nov 21)

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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!