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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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Amazon VideoAmazon More Than Doubles Described Content

Amazon has been working behind the scenes to ready new described content for visually impaired consumers.  The list of described shows recently jumped from 127 to 280!  Some of the content is free for members of Amazon Prime.  See all Amazon described titles.  You can always find the list of current described shows in our "Described Titles" links at the top of each website page.  (Updated Oct 17)

Always-On AD Coming to London's National Theatre

The National Theatre in London has announced the coming of new technology called Open Access Smart Capture to provide "always on closed captioning and audio-description service" at every performance.  Testing will start in the Dorfman Theatre, expanding later to the Lyttelton and Olivier.  The target date for full captioning is October 2018, and for full description by April 2019, provided by their partner VocalEyes.  You can read more starting at the bottom of page 6 in this National Theatre news bulletin or in this The Stage article or in this VocalEyes article.  (Posted Oct 4)

Switzerland to Increase Accessible Public Media Content for Persons with Disabilities

The Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (SBC), which includes public radio, television and on-line services aims to subtitle 80 percent of its programs by 2022 -- an increase of 30 percent compared with today's visual output.  It plans to provide 900 hours of audio described content and 1000 hours of sign language - more than doubling today's accessible content.  Read more on the SBC's move to increase accessible public media content.  (Posted Oct 4)

Solar Eclipse Audio Description Archive Updated

Solar EclipseThe ADP's audio description of the total solar eclipse on August 21 was received with very positive reviews.  You can access the archived broadcast on ACB Radio.  Also, WGBH posted an article covering the various ways people with visual impairment "watched" the eclipse.  New!  A new article covering the broadcast was just published.  (Updated Sep 26)

Alice Austin
by Joel Snyder

It is with great sadness that I share news of the passing of Alice Austin.  Alice was a long-time and thoroughly proficient audio describer in the Boston area.  She worked for quite some time for WGBH and also throughout the Boston area making live performances accessible to people who are blind or have low vision.  She developed audio description scripts for me and her work was always vivid, imaginative and succinct.  She is greatly missed.  Alice's Obituary.  (Posted Sep 19)

Painting Exhibition With AD in Turkey

An event organized as part of Türk Telekom’s social responsibility project “Telefon Kütüphanesi” (Telephone Library) features 20 famous paintings from Turkey and around the world.  The paintings are verbally described for visually impaired art lovers by well-known people from around the region.  Türk Telekom is planning to take the exhibition across Turkey, and the works of art can also be accessed through land phones and the official mobile app of the project.  Read more about the exhibit in Turkey.  (Posted Sep 19, with thanks to CoolBlindTech for the link)

Audio Description News

New Audio Described DVDs and Blu-ray Discs

There were six audio described DVDs released in the past three weeks:  Spider-Man: Homecoming, Baby Driver, Maudie, The House, Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, The Book of Henry.

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Recent:  Spider-Man: Homecoming, Baby Driver, Baby Driver, Maudie, The House, Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Transformers: The Last Knight, Wonder Woman, Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, The Mummy, Lowriders, Paris Can Wait, Rough Night, Baywatch, Disneynature: Born in China, My Cousin Rachel, Baywatch, Disneynature: Born in China, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Alien: Covenant, Everything, Everything, The Case for ChristDiary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul, MORE... 

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New Audio Described USA TV Programs Updated!

ABC America's Funniest Home Videos, Sundays at 8pm; Ten Days in the Valley, Sundays at 9pm; The Mayor, Tuesdays at 8:30pm.

FoxThe Orville, Thursdays at 9pm.

NBC Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders, Tuesdays at 10pm; The Brave, Mondays at 10pm; The Good Place, Wednesdays at 10pm; Will & Grace, Thursdays at 9pm.

USA Network Chrisley Knows Best, Tuesdays at 10pm.

PBS:  Ken Burns' series on The Vietnam War airs Sundays on your local  station.  The Vietnam series is available online with description (USA only).  (Updated Oct 17)

2nd Annual BADIE Contest Opens

The Benefits of Audio Description In Education (BADIE) contest is now open to students aged 7 to 21.  Requirements:  Watch any audio described video and submit your review.  The deadline is December 1.  Read all about the BADIE Contest and/or review last year's winning entries.  (Posted Sep 12)


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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!