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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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Survey:  Visually Impaired Adults Watch a Lot of TV!

A survey conducted by Comcast and the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) concluded that adults with visual impairment watch almost as much television as their sighted counterparts -- four or more hours per day.  While responders reported the helpfulness of audio description and voice control, awareness (less than half) was disappointingly low.  Read the survey results.  (Posted Feb 20)

Survey Results: Regarding visually impaired adults, 96% watch TV, 55% watch more than 4 hours/day, less than 50% are aware of assistive technologies.

Update Master AD List Now Complete With
First-Run Movies and TV Series

We recently completed our Master AD List by adding audio described first-run movies (Cinema) to the recently added TV series (the nine FCC-mandated networks).  Example:  (Updated Feb 20)

  • NCIS [Series] ... CBS USA NETFLIX
  • Star Wars, The Last Jedi ... CINEMA

Audio Description Training

The next opportunity for training as an audio describer will be Audio Description Training Retreats' next class in NC on March 15-19.  Visit our Training/Education page for details.  (Updated Feb 20)

Audio Description on Cruise Ships

Joel describing on a cruiseOne of our ADP committees has been discussing the requirements for and availability of audio description on cruise ships.  While this is an ongoing project, our Project Director Joel Snyder, who has actually provided audio description on cruise ships, has prepared a "white paper" on the subject. Interested?  Read Cruising to a More Inclusive Experience on Cruise Ships.  (Posted Feb 13)

Winter Olympics Audio Description

Olympics LogoAudio description is available for all primetime coverage on NBC, starting with the day prior to the Opening Ceremony right through the Closing Ceremony on February 25.  Description is provided by Descriptive Video Works of Canada, winners of the 2017 ADP Barry Levine Memorial Award for Career Achievement in Audio Description.  They also provide description for Netflix and other media.  Read the AD Olympics announcement.  (Updated Feb 13)

NY Times Tech Tip on AD ... About Us!

With pointer after pointer to the ADP website, a NY Times Personal Tech article provides a very detailed answer to a reader's question of how to find out if selected programming is audio described.  There is an image of our Master AD List (the perfect choice!) and a link to description of Disney's The Lion King.  (Posted Feb 8)

2017 ADP Annual Report

Our Project Director, Joel Snyder, has compiled the 2017 Annual ADP Report of the activities and accomplishments of the Audio Description Project.  Most of these accomplishments can be attributed to the volunteer work of the members of the seven ADP Committees, many of which meet monthly throughout the year.  Take a look and see what we've been working on!  (Posted Jan 30)

BADIE Award Winners Announced

The premise of the BADIE* program is simple:  kids love movies.  If a young person can't see or can't see well, audio description provides access to all the visual images of the movies that their sighted peers enjoy.  Description benefits children who are blind and others who have learning disabilities, and it has been shown to boost literacy for all children.  (* Benefits of Audio Description In Education)

The BADIE program asked young people who are blind or have low vision to submit short reviews of any described movie.  They did, and we awarded the best ones, like Townsend Stemple of the West Virginia School for the Blind in Romney, WV!  Read the BADIE Award Winners Press Release.  (Posted Jan 30)

Audio Description News

New Audio Described DVDs and Blu-ray Discs

On February 20, three DVDs were released with audio description tracks:  Daddy's Home 2, Same Kind of Different As Me, The Star.  On February 13, two DVDs were released with audio description tracks:  Roman J. Israel, Esq. and Wonder.

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2018 DVDs:  Daddy's Home 2, Same Kind of Different As Me, The Star, Roman J. Israel, Esq., Wonder, Only the Brave, Suburbicon, Tyler Perry's Boo 2! A Madea Halloween, Geostorm, Goodbye Christopher Robbin, Jigsaw, Thank You For Your Service, Blade Runner 2049, The Snowman, It, More...   

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New Audio Described USA TV Programs

FoxThe Resident, Sundays at 10pm.

History Channel Hunting Hitler, Tuesdays at 10pm, and Knightfall, Wednesdays at 10pm.

NBC A.P. Bio, Thursdays at 9:30pm. 

TBS Final Space, premiering Monday February 26 at 10:30pm. New

(Updated Feb 20)

Telemundo: Children's Programs with Spanish AD

Telemundo, a division of NBCUniversal Hispanic Enterprises and Content, has begun airing its first audio described programming -- and it's for children, in Spanish, of course!  The Mi Telemundo Kids and Family Programming Block (as it's called) began this month and starts at 8am Saturday Mornings.  It consists of El Viajero Con Josh Garcia, Salvando Animales, Aventuras Con Dylan Dreyer, Vivir Al Natural, Danny Seo, Una Mano Amiga, and El Campeón En Ti.  Produced by Litton Entertainment with dubbing, description, and captioning by Bridge Multimedia, this series is the fifth set of audio described Saturday morning shows for kids (the others being on ABC, CBS, NBC, and The CW).  Read more about Mi Telemundo. (Posted Jan 23)

Sighted Folks Listen to Netflix AD as Audiobooks

A couple of recent articles have promoted the idea of sighted folks listening to Netflix in their car (or elsewhere) with the Audio Description track turned on, effectively turning a video into an audiobook!  (Posted Jan 2)

2017 Movie Studio AD on DVD

Here are the conclusions we reached by analyzing the results of our weekly auditing of all DVDs released in 2017:

  1. Disney and Paramount describe around 85% of their major films on DVD.
  2. Warner Bros, the last major studio to start describing DVDs, now provides description on over 75% of their DVDs.
  3. Fox describes nearly 65% of their DVDs.
  4. Universal offers the 2nd largest number of DVDs each year, but describes less than 45% of them.
  5. Sony offers the 3rd largest number of DVDs each year, but only describes about 35% of them.
  6. Lionsgate, which released the largest number of DVDs last year by far (116), described a paltry 10% of them.
  7. The studios not offering any description, yet having 6 or more DVDs during 2017 are:  Shout Factory (18), Well Go (11), Magnolia (10), MPI (9), Image (6), and Broad Green (6).
  8. In our analysis of all 466 DVDs from 50 studios identified by the DVDs Release Dates site and/or located in stores in 2017, only 30% (142) had description tracks.  With one exception, these statistics do not include videos of TV series, none of which were described on DVD.  (Posted Jan 2)


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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!