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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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The Young Described Film Critic contest is back ... with a new name and hundreds of dollars of gift cards as prizes.  Sponsored by the ADP and the DCMP (Described and Captioned Media Program), it is open to students ages 7-21.  Each contestent must submit a written review of a described movie or video.  Read all about it at our Badie Page!  The deadline is November 30, but don't wait.  (Posted Oct 18)

The History of Audio Description
Seminal Document Now Available

We are pleased to make available a copy of Gregory Frazier's May 1975 Master's thesis on audio description, The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman: An All-Audio Adaptation of the Teleplay for the Blind and Visually Handicapped

The late Mr. Frazier, a professor at San Francisco State University, formally developed the concepts behind audio description and general guidelines for its use.

Read more about Mr Frazier and his thesis.  (Posted Oct 11)

Audio Description in Movies and Theatre

The number of first-run movies with audio description has increased dramatically.  Read more in:  Human voice is key to unlocking movie magic for the blind. Updated

The number of audio describers for live theatre continues to grow.  Here's a great video report about one of them at the Metropolitan Washington Ear These Volunteers Are Bringing Plays to Life For the Visually Impaired (NBC). 

And here's another great piece from our friends "down under," highlighting the value of a tactile tour:  I love theatre and I’m blind. Here’s how that works.  (Updated Oct 18)

The Visuals Into Words Project

The Visuals Into Words Project was created on the premise that "A deeper understanding of how images are transferred into words is still needed."  Accordingly, they created a free 15 minute film (translated to several languages) that anyone can use to study "how audio description is approached by different describers in diverging cultural environments and also how end users receive the audio described content."  Even a present describer may find it useful with which to practice their own description techniques.  Take a look!  (Posted Sep 27)

Audio Description News

Audio Described DVDs and Blu-ray Discs

There were two new Audio Described DVDs released on October 18 and three on October 11:  Alice Through the Looking Glass, Independence Day: Resurgence, Ghostbusters, Ice Age 5: Collision Course, The Legend of Tarzan.

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2016 Recent:  Alice Through the Looking Glass, Independence Day: Resurgence, Ghostbusters, Ice Age 5: Collision Course, The Legend of Tarzan, The Purge: Election Year, Xmen: Apocalypse, Central Intelligence, Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates, more ...

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New Fall Audio Described TV Series

Fox will do a one-time description of The Rocky Horror Picture Show on Thursday, Oct 20, at 8pm.  Pointer

USA Network recently premiered Eyewitness and Falling Water.  Their new series, Shooter, has been delayed once again until November 15.

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 Oct 18)

The Who's Tommy to be Fully Accessible

The Who's Tommy will run October 27 through November 20, 2016 at the Silver Spring Black Box Theatre in Maryland.  All performances will be accessible (audio description, ASL integrated into the show, and captioning available).  Open Circle Theatre is "Washington DC’s first professional theatre dedicated to producing professional productions that integrate the considerable talents of artists with disabilities."  (Posted Oct 18)

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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!