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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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Featured Articles

Input Requested on TV AD Listings

We at the ADP try to offer you consolidated listings of described TV offerings ... only because no one else does!  Most of the TV Networks either have no listing or unreliable ones.  The ACB is trying to influence the FCC to require networks to either offer accurate listings or contributed to a central database.  What do you YOU think?  Where do YOU get your listing data?  Are the network listings ACCURATE and ACCESSIBLE?  Please drop a note to our own Carl Richardson, who is the Chair of the Video Working Group for the FCC, with your answers.  Thanks.  (Posted Jun 11)

Pavarotti Comes to the Screen ... With AD!

The recently released movie, Pavarotti, which examines the life and career of opera tenor Luciano Pavarotti, is one of the select documentaries to be granted funding for audio description by voiceover artist and media accessibility advocate Michele Spitz, who operates under the business name Woman of Her Word.  Read this Hollywood Reporter article or the Press Release.  (Posted Jun 11)

Technology Makes Museums More Accessible

Museums nationwide are working to make their collections more accessible for people with disabilities.  Some artists are making touchable adaptations of their works.  Or imagine passing your "hands along the raised figures in touchable versions of a Vietnam War photograph, [where] small metal sensors [touch] off recordings to explain whose picture [you are] touching and what had happened to him" -- an interesting form of audio description!  Read 3-D photographs? Technology makes museums more accessible.  Two other articles on museums address other accessibility features:  Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose and the first phase of Barrier Free Kerala, India.  (Posted Jun 11)

Podcast Interviews With Roy Samuelson Updated

Roy Samuelson is one of Hollywood’s leading voiceover talents in film and television.  You've heard his AD narration of TV shows like NCIS and Lethal weapon and movies such as Jurassic World.  Listen to this podcast where he is interviewed on That Blind Tech Show.  And now there is a second podcast interview available from The Association of Blind Citizens.  (Updated Jun 4)

Audio Described TV in Australia

Australia lags other developed nations in not offering audio description via over-the-air TV.  So recently, when a commercial with audio description was aired, it was like a breath of fresh air for viewers with visual impairment!  Read:  Australia’s first totally accessible ad hits TV screens.  (Posted May 28)

Audio Describer Training - The AD Institute

Enrollment for the ADP's Audio Description Institute (July 10-12 in Rochester, NY, in conjunction with the annual ACB Conference) is now open.  Using this enrollment link, create a userid and sign up for Dr. Snyder's class.  See our Education page for more information.  (Updated May 14)

Actiview at the Movies

Actiview (a free iPhone App) periodically releases description tracks for first-run movies.  Using the App with your iPhone in a movie theater allows you better control over volume and type of earpiece than using a cinema's AD units, which are sometimes flaky.  At home, you can listen to description while others don't have to.  The following two description tracks were released recently for new movies:

  • Poms (PG-13)
  • Ugly Dolls (PG)

There are a total of 28 Actiview description tracks available for free.  (Posted May 14)

Audio Description News

New Audio Described DVDs and Blu-ray Discs

On June 11, 3 audio described DVDs were released:  Captain Marvel; Captive State; Five Feet Apart.  On June 4, 1 new audio described DVD was released:  A Madea Family Funeral.  On May 28, 1 new audio described DVD was released:  Greta.

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COMING NEXT WEEK:  Hotel Mumbai, Slaughterhouse Rulez, Us.

CAN YOU HELP?  Each week there are some DVDs that we cannot locate to determine whether or not they have an AD track.  Here are the ones we think MAY have an AD track, but aren't sure.  If you can find a copy in a store, check the Languages listing on the rear cover for "English Audio Description" or "DVS" and let us know one way or the other.

Border, Here and Now, Norm of the North: King Sized Adventure.

Recent Described DVDs:  Captain Marvel; Captive State; Five Feet Apart; A Madea Family Funeral; Greta; How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World; Isn't It Romantic; The Upside; Never Look Away; Cold Pursuit; Fighting with My Family; Happy Death Day 2U; Everybody Knows; Forrest Gump (25th Anniversary); The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part; The Prodigy; What Men Want; Arctic; Miss Bala; Destroyer; Escape Room; Glass; The Kid Who Would Be King; A Dog's Way Home; Holmes and Watson; On the Basis of Sex; Welcome to Marwen; Bumblebee; The Mule; Vice; Aquaman; Second Act; If Beale Street Could Talk; Stan & Ollie; Mary Poppins Returns; Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse; Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald; Green Book; Mortal Engines; more...   

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Looking For a Described Movie or TV Series?

If you are looking for a movie or TV series with description, please consult our Master AD List.  It includes all TV series on FCC-mandated networks, those in syndication with streaming services, plus original offerings from those four streaming services (Hulu, iTunes, Netflix, Prime Video).  All commercial DVDs ever produced with description are also listed, plus every described movie on the streaming services.  There's nothing like it anywhere else in the world! 

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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!