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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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Movie Theaters To Be Required To Provide AD

This Justice Department signed a "Final Rule" affecting the ADA Title III.  "The Final Rule requires movie theaters [which have digital equipment] to: (1) have and maintain the equipment necessary to provide closed movie captioning and audio description at a movie patron’s seat whenever showing a digital movie produced, distributed, or otherwise made available with these features; (2) provide notice to the public about the availability of these features; and (3) ensure that theater staff is available to assist patrons with the equipment before, during, and after the showing of a movie with these features."  However, theaters will have 18 months to comply, and the minimum number of devices required for AD is less than 1 per screen.  (Updated Dec 3)

New AD Training Opportunities:  JAN & FEB

In late January Arts Access will be providing audio describer training in Durham NC.  Read more about it on our Education page. 

In late February, the ACB will sponsor another Audio Description Institute at the Crowne Plaza Old Town Alexandria (Virginia).   (Posted Dec 6)

Netflix Now on Comcast X1 Platform

Users of Comcast's XFINITY X1 cable box should now be able to access Netflix directly, including with voice access!  Try it out and let us know how well it works for finding and accessing the more than 230 described shows on Netflix.  Netflix/Comcast article.  (Updated Nov 15)

FCC's Vote on Expanding Video Description Postponed

Republican lawmakers apparently forced the FCC to pull four agenda items "in the wake of the election" from their previously announced November 17 meeting schedule including the following, according to Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.).  (See FCC Article.  Updated Nov 26)

Video Description: Implementation of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010:  The Commission will consider a Report and Order which addresses the amount of video described programming required to be made available to consumers. (MB Docket No. 11-43).

ACB's Audio Description Survey Results

We alluded to preliminary findings of the recent ACB survey earlier, but the final survey results have been published.  Not surprisingly, 3/4 of survey participants want more audio description, and half have difficulty finding described programs.  Check the link for more details.  (Posted Nov 1)

Japan's ANA Airline Offers Accessible Entertainment

ANA will be the first airline in Japan to deliver universally accessible entertainment on international flights.  The service starting in November 2016 includes subtitles to help hard-of-hearing passengers understand dialogue and musical lyrics, as well as audio "explanations" [the word they use] to communicate on-screen movements and scenes to visually impaired customers. Both subtitles and audio "explanations" will be available in English and/or Japanese.  Read the ANA Press Release.  (Posted Oct 25)

Audio Description News

Audio Described DVDs and Blu-ray Discs

There were three new Audio Described DVDs released on December 6:  Jason Bourne, Kicks, and The Secret Life of Pets.  Note:  The Beatles Eight Days a Week DVD released recently was supposed to have description, but the first run was accidentally produced without a description track.

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2016 Recent:  Jason Bourne, Kicks, The Secret Life of Pets, Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, Don't Breathe, Pete's Dragon, The BFG, Hell or High Water, Kubu and the Two Strings, Mechanic: Resurrection, War Dogs, Finding Dory, Sausage Party, Star Trek Beyond, Lights Out, Nerve, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Independence Day: Resurgence, Ghostbusters, Ice Age 5: Collision Course, The Legend of Tarzan, The Purge: Election Year, X-Men: Apocalypse, Central Intelligence, Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates, more ...

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New Audio Described TV Series

Fox will premiere Star on Wednesday Dec 14 at 9pm Eastern.

The History Channel will add description to Vikings Wednesdays at 9pm and premiere The Selection: Special Operations Experiment on Thursday December 8 at 10pm.

USA Network will premiere Incorporated on Tuesday 12/6, the same show as currently on the SyFy channel.  There is no link for more information on USA, so our link takes you to SyFy; but we don't know yet if it is described on SyFy.  Also, their long-delayed new series, Shooter, is also now on Tuesdays with description..

Santa and reindeerBe sure to check our daily listing (link below) for holiday themed specials offering description.

See our page describing what's described on TV and how to get it and/or view the current schedule of described TV shows.   (Updated Dec 6)

Switched at Birth

A group of blind TV watchers lead by Robert Kingett have been petitioning to get the TV show Switched at Birth audio described.  The ABC Family network show, which won a Peabody Award, features several deaf and hard-of-hearing cast members with some scenes shot entirely in American Sign Language.  The group was notified last week that "audio description tracks for this series are currently in production" with 29 episodes complete.  The show is also carried on Netflix which plans to carry the description in early 2017 when all description tracks have been delivered and checked for quality.  (Updated Dec 6)

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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, 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!