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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 Notify Me button. 

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Audio Description Roundtable
Sunday, March 29 - 8pm ET, 5pm PT, 2pm HT

Join the Audio Description Project for an audio description round table.  Let's discuss where and what to watch with audio description.  To join the call, visit https://zoom.us/j/731346634, or dial (929) 436-2866 and enter 731346634# as the meeting ID.  You can also tap +19294362866, 731346634# to dial directly from your mobile device.


Featured Articles

Airline Information and Entertainment Access Act

AirplaneOn March 19, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), Ranking Member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, and his Senate Democratic colleagues introduced the Airline Information and Entertainment Access Act (S.3473).  This bill would require airline carriers to provide access to in-flight safety information, general announcements and entertainment options for people with disabilities.  Read more about S.3473.  (Posted Mar 24)

ADP Convention: Hold the Date!

This year's ADP Convention will be held in Schaumburg IL (suburban Chicago), from Sunday July 5 through Tuesday July 7 in conjunction with the annual ACB Convention.  We have an exciting agenda planned for both users and providers of Audio Description.  After introductions and a review of the ADP website, we'll have a "Welcome to the Greater Chicago Area" panel chaired by local audio describer Martin Wilde.  New Right Arrow Then we'll discuss the status of Certification of Audio Describers via the ACVREP (Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation & Education Professionals).  "Watch this space" each week as we release details.  (Updated Mar 24)

ACB Advocates for AD at the Oscars

In a letter addressing four separate topics, ACB President Dan Spoone has written to David Rubin, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (home of the Oscars).  Of special interest is our request that no picture be allowed nomination for Best Picture unless it has both an audio description track and captioning.  This was inspired by the fact that this year's award winner (Parasite) does not meet this criterion.  Other topics include the establishment of award categories related to AD and the development of AD for older films.  Read the David Rubin letter and an article referenced in it, "Oscars: audio description brings film to life for blind people, it deserves an award too." (Posted Mar 3)

New AD Podcast

Life After Blindness has a new podcast entitled An Audio Description Extravaganza!, covering the following: "[A conversation with] audio description narrator and voiceover artist, Roy Samuelson about the creation process and the current state of audio described content. Then ... how to turn on the audio described track within 5 of the top video streaming services. And ... the availability of audio description, accessibility and the future of AD."  (Posted Mar 3)

Call for Nominations for the
Annual ADP Achievement Awards

Red RibbonIt's that time once again when YOU get to nominate a PERSON or ORGANIZATION that you feel has made a major contribution to audio description over time.  There are SIX nominations categories, and you can submit your nomination online or by mail.  Full instructions are contained on our Call for Nominations page.  (Posted Feb 4)

Audio Description News

Audio Described DVDs and Blu-ray Discs

2 DVDs with Audio Description were released on March 24:  The Grudge; The Song of Names.  3 DVDs were released on March 17:   Black Christmas; Jumanji: The Next Level; Richard Jewell

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Next Week Mar 31:  Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker; The Current War.

Recent USA Described DVDs:  The Grudge; The Song of Names; Black Christmas; Jumanji: The Next Level; Richard Jewell; Beauty and the Beast (1991); Bombshell; Charlie's Angels; Spies in Disguise; A Bug's Life; Dark Waters; Playmobil: The Movie; Queen & Slim; Wall-E; Frozen II; Knives Out; 21 Bridges; A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood; Frankie; Jojo Rabbit; Midway; Ford v Ferrari; Doctor Sleep; Greener Grass; Last Christmas; Playing With Fire; The Good Liar; The Nightingale; Underwater!; Harriet; Motherless Brooklyn; Terminator: Dark Fate; more...

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

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Prime Video Web Player AD Shortcut

Prime VideoThe Prime Video Web Player now supports a keyboard shortcut for switching audio languages and turning on Audio Descriptions.  This change enables Prime Video users to easily switch to a new audio language or turn on Audio Description by simply pressing the 'A' key when playing a title.  This will automatically switch to the next available audio track (including the AD track if available).  This shortcut works on all desktop browsers that support Prime Video.  Once a user has selected an AD audio track when playing a title, this setting will persist for future titles, and Prime Video will automatically select the AD track if available.  You can also see Other Keyboard Shortcuts On Prime Video.  (Posted Mar 3)

New Audio Described TV Shows

ABC For Life, Tuesdays at 10pm.

Fox Duncanville, Sundays at 8:30pm; LEGO Masters, Wednesdays at 9pm; Outmatched, Thursdays at 8pm.

The History Channel Swamp People: Serpent Invasion, premieres Thursday March 12 at 10pm.  New Mar 11

NOTE:  We have revised the format of our TV Shows by Network page to hopefully make it more user-friendly.  Please take a moment to review all the Notes at the bottom of that page, which will inform you about various viewing options on other networks and more.



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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!