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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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Actiview for Movie Theaters

A new company called Actiview promises to eliminate the problems that patrons have with movie theater-issued accessibility equipment.  "When you step into the theater, all of the movie’s accessibility content will be available at no extra cost in our mobile app that requires no in-theater setting, fussing or maintenance."  They aim to eliminate the frustration currently occuring with faulty receivers, dead batteries, etc.  As one early reviewer put it, "Phone in pocket, enjoy the movie. That’s it."  The smartphone product is still under development.  Learn more about Actiview.  (Posted July 21)

 2016 Audio Description Award Winners

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Presented at the ACB and ADP Conferences.  Press ReleaseThe Audio Description Honor Roll.  (Updated July 21)

  • Achievement in Audio Description - Performing Arts: Arts Access, Raleigh, NC
  • Achievement in Audio Description - Media: Fred Brack, ADP Webmaster, Raleigh, NC
  • Achievement in Audio Description - Museums: Dole Institute of Politics / Audio-Reader Network, Lawrence, KS
  • Achievement in Audio Description - International: Bos Soluções e Serviços Ltda. - Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Special Recognition Achievement in Audio Description: Alice Austin, Eliot, ME
  • Special Recognition Achievement in Audio Description: Mark Messersmith, The Visual Voice - Mountain View, CA
  • Dr. Margaret R. Pfanstiehl Memorial Achievement Award in Audio Description - Research and Development: Disney / Pixar "Disney Movies Anywhere App" - Los Angeles, CA
  • Barry Levine Memorial Award for Career Achievement in Audio Description: Dr. Francisco Lima - Recife, Brazil

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Audio Description News

Audio Described DVDs and Blu-ray Discs

Four new Audio Described DVDs were released on July 26:   Barbershop: The Next Cut, The Boss, Criminal, Hardcore Henry.  (Updated July 26)

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2016 Recent:  Barbershop: The Next Cut, The Boss, Criminal, Hardcore Henry, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Miles Ahead, Everybody Wants Some, Miracles From Heaven, The Divergent Series:  Allegiant, I Saw the Light, Kung Fu Panda 3, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, Midnight Special, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, The Brothers Grimsby, 10 Cloverfield Lane, Eddie the Eagle, London Has Fallen, The Young Messiah, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, Anomalisa, Hail Caesar, The Other Side of the Door, Zootopia, more ...

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New Audio Described TV Series

History Channel has begun description for Ancient Aliens Fridays at 9pm and Ozzy and Jack's World Detour Sundays at 10pm.  The new season of Ice Road Truckers will have description starting August 4 at 10pm.

USA Network will begin description for its new series Shooter on Tuesday July 26 and Queen of the South starting Thursday August 4 at 10pm.

(Updated July 26)

Help With Promoting Audio Description Locally

If you have the opportunity to promote audio description locally to an organization you belong to or are asked to speak to, we have developed a ONE PAGE document that you can customize as necessary for your area.  It explains briefly what description opportunities are available:  live theatre, TV, DVDs, and internet streaming.  It then points readers to our site to learn more (like specifically what shows, movies, or TV series have description).  Download your own copy for customization by right-clicking the following link:  Audio Description: What's Available?   (Posted July 6)

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!