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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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Featured Articles

Live Audio Descriptions Are His Forte

That's the title of an article in the online edition of The Hindu newspaper.  The article discusses the career of ADP Director and audio describer Joel Snyder.  Joel was recently in Chennai (the capital of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu) for the Ability Foundation’s two-day workshop on audio description. Joel has trained audio describers in 62 countries, sometimes with a translator beside him.  (Posted Sep 17)

Joel Snyder on panel in India

Audimance: Immersive Audio Description

What? -- you say!  Think about dance, one of the more difficult mediums for audio describers.  What do you cover, what do you focus on?  A new App under development called Audimance addresses this problem by allowing users "to navigate among a number of audio streams synced with a live performance ... It is complex. It is layered. And each track has different viewpoints, different kinds of information."  Learn more in this article entitled This Is What Accessibility Sounds Like.  (Posted Sep 17)

Apple TV+ Will Describe All Original Content

Apple TV+At the annual Apple fall product announcement on September 10, details about the upcoming service known as Apple TV+ were announced.  According to the Apple TV+ Press Release, the service will consist of all-original content, and "Apple TV+ series and movies will ... be available with audio descriptions in eight languages."  The service begins on November 1 at a cost of $4.99 per month for a family plan, free for one year to new purchasers of select Apple products.  See also this article on Cord Cutters News.  (Updated Sep 17)

The 2020 BADIE Contest is Open!

Each Fall, the ADP, in conjunction with the Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP), sponsors the Benefits of Audio Description in Education (BADIE) Contest.  Students ages 7 to 21 view an audio described video and write a review of that movie.  PRIZES will be awarded in each age category.  Read the details about entering the BADIE Contest!  (Posted Sep 10)

The Process of Recording Audio Description

Voiceover artist Roy Samuelson, who specializes in recording audio description scripts for movies and advocates for audio description, has been interviewed yet again!  (See previous interviews.)  In this interview with Directors Notes, Roy discusses "the process of providing Audio Description," as well as the benefits to those with normal vision.  The article includes numerous samples of Roy's AD work.  (Posted Sep 10)

Next Audio Describer Training Classes

The next opportunity to be trained or refreshed as an Audio Describer comes in October on Lake James, in Nebo, NC.  After that, the next class is in January in Raleigh, NC, followed by February in the DC area.  For more information, visit our Education and Training page.  (Updated Sep 10)

Paramount Studios Releases 150+
New AD Tracks for Old Movies

Paramount LogoIn May, the Forrest Gump (25th Anniversary) Blu-ray disc was released.  What was different that you might care about?  It had an audio description track!  Forrest Gump was one of over 150 old movies that Paramount has been retrofitting with brand new AD tracks.  Most of them will not reappear on disc, but those tracks will make it to streaming services.  (Forrest is also on iTunes and Prime Video; plus check out Jack Ryan series like The Hunt for Red October on Prime Video for example.)  Pointer Read our interview about the new AD tracks with one of the key players responsible at Paramount to learn more (like something about a guy named Maverick who likes to fly planes...).  (Posted Aug 20)

Audio Recordings of July's Mini ADP Conference

Audio recordings from the two sessions at July's Mini ADP Conference are now available.  Visit our 2019 Conference page to listen.  The panels were:

  • Audio Description Accessibility and Technology:  Open Forum with Representatives from Major Providers and Streaming Services
  • Audio Description Advocacy:  Legislative Advocacy; and Promoting AD in National Parks, Performing Arts Venues, Museums, and Educational Settings

Audio Description News

New Audio Described DVDs and Blu-ray Discs

On September 17, 1 new audio described DVD was released:  X-Men: Dark Phoenix.  On September 10, 3 new audio described DVDs were released:  Aladdin; John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum; The Dead Don't Die.

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Coming Next Week (Sep 24):  Yesterday; Pavarotti (probably).

Recent Described DVDs:  X-Men: Dark Phoenix; Aladdin; John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum; The Dead Don't Die; Booksmart; Ma; Men In Black: International; Rocketman; The Secret Life of Pets 2; A Dog's Journey; Brightburn; The Hustle; The Sun is Also a Star; The Tomorrow Man; All is True; Avengers: End Game; Donnybrook; Pokémon: Detective Pikachu; Poms; The Curse of La Llorona; Tolkien; El Chicano; Long Shot; The Intruder; UglyDolls; more...   

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CBS All Access App Begins Offering AD

The CBS All Access App offers access to live content (in select markets) and over 10,000 previous episodes via streaming devices.  In August 2019, they began to offer audio described content for such programs as NCIS (current season); Star Trek Discovery; The Twilight Zone; and The Good Fight.  ABC has offered AD in their free Watch ABC App for a long time, but NBC and Fox do not offer AD in their apps; so CBS is a welcome addition.  There is a fee for service for most content ($6 or $10/month).  See more info on the CBS App.  (Aug 20; Updated Aug 27) 

Audio Description For Small Dance Companies

Dancer with ChairWhile audio description for people with visually impairment is not a wholly unknown service in the Bay Area (San Jose-based AudioVision frequently describes shows for both SHN and the Curran Theatres in San Francisco), it hasn’t much penetrated the strata of smaller and more experimental theater and dance companies.  Jess Curtis wants to change that.  Read:  Telling While Showing: New Audio Description Services from Jess Curtis/Gravity.  "Through Gravity, [Curtis] hopes to help foster a growing awareness of accessibility for all—and not just in the larger theaters.  In fact, with a grant from the Haas Foundation, Curtis' company can offer other Bay Area companies the opportunity to host audio description services at their shows for a reduced cost through the end of 2019."

Dr. Joel Snyder and Esther Geiger, a Laban Movement Analyst, went to San Francisco last year to train Jess Curtis and Gravity in audio description technique.  (Posted Aug 13)

[Photo Credit:  Meegan Hertensteiner dances in an audio-described production of Deborah Slater's Solos Lost and Found at SFIAF. (Deborah Slater)]

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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!