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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, 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 2014 Audio Description Project Conference

Registration is now open for the 2014 ADP Conference, July 13-15, in Las Vegas.  Here's a list of sessions:

Read The 2014 ADP Conference package; then Register for the Conference, and make your hotel reservations (800-634-6753, mentioning the ACB, or online).  We hope to see you there!  (Posted Apr 19)

The Audio Description Institute

Registration is now open for the sixth annual (that ought to tell you something about its success!) Audio Description Institute, taught by Dr Joel Snyder, July 16-18, following the ADP Conference in Las Vegas.  If you are interested in getting into the audio description business, or if you want a refresher course on audio description, this is the opportunity for you!  Read all about the AD Institute; then Register for the Institute, and make your hotel reservations (800-634-6753, mentioning the ACB, or online).  Become an audio describer -- or a better one -- by attending the institute!  Note:  There is a $75 discount if you also attend the ADP Conference.  (Posted Apr 19)

Just Add Words

That's the name of a contest being sponsored by CaptionMax, a captioning and video description company.  They are offering prizes of up to $2000 for non-professional description of your choice of five videos on their website.  If you don't get paid for description, you can enter, provided you are an adult living in the USA.  View the Contest page.  Ends April 30.  (Posted Apr 8)

Call for Nominations for the Sixth Annual ADP Awards

The nomination period is OPEN for the sixth annual ADP Awards!  As usual, there are six categories:

To nominate someone, use the online ADP Award Nomination Form.  To learn more about the awards, see past award winners, and/or use an alternative method of nominating someone, see our 2014 ADP Award Nomination Package.  Check our 2014 ADP Conference and AD Institute page periodically for updates.  (Posted Mar 25)

Sixth Annual Young Described Film Critic Contest
Your Mission:  Pass This On to a Young Person!

We are now accepting entries for the sixth annual Young Described Film Critic Contest.  Winners will be chosen from each of three age groups between 7 and 18.  Visually impaired entrants write their own film reviews of 250 words or less.  Read all the YDFC details!  (Updated Feb 25)

How Blind People Experience Dance

Modern DancersThat's the title of an article just published by Colorado Public Radio.  Written by Stephanie Wolf, a trained audio describer, the article addresses not only what's going on in Colorado, but the concepts of good dance description.  It turns out that the wife of the Audio Description Project's Director, Joel Snyder, is able to help!  Esther Geiger, a certified movement analyst, discusses focusing on the dynamics of the dance, not just body actions.

In a video with description (by Joel), we see that there is no effort made to describe every action, which would be impossible.  In fact, there are long pauses allowed to just enjoy the music.  Description focuses on overall effect and intent.  Read the whole article.  (Posted Feb 25)

Audio Description News

New Audio Described DVDs and Blu-ray Discs

The following audio described videos were released on April 15:  The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (PG), The Black Nativity (PG), and Ride Along (PG-13).  Also, we missed one back in March (added here April 19):  Walking With Dinosaurs (PG).

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The most recent described DVDs from 2014 are as follows:  The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The Black Nativity, Ride Along, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, 47 Ronin, Walking With Dinosaurs, The Wolf of Wall Street, Delivery Man, American Hustle, Frozen, Saving Mr Banks, The Book Thief, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, 12 Years a Slave, NebraskaThor: The Dark World, Diana, The Best Man Holiday, Ender's Game, The Counselor, About Time, Baggage Claim, Rush, Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, The Fifth Estate, Riddick, Carrie, Enough Said, and Runner Runner See all 2014 DVDs!

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 Children's Described DVDs (rated G or PG)

Join us on Facebook or Twitter (links below) to receive new described DVD notifications, or use the page-change notification form at the top of this page.  (Updated Apr 19)

Described TV Schedule Updated

The listing of described TV shows in the USA on our Television page has recently been updated for the beginning of 2014 to account for canceled shows (like Necessary Roughness) and new ones (like Cosmos, Sirens, and Growing Up Fisher).  Watch for updates throughout the year, and let us know if we missed anything.  Some of the networks still aren't listing described shows separately, but the links below the schedule will get you to the right shows weekly. 

As a reminder, your best resource for a listing of described shows is the Master Schedule of Described Shows (except PBS) prepared especially for the ADP by Sebastian Andrade-Miles.  (Updated Mar 18)

TalkingFlix

Interesting concept now ... reality later this year?  The Week magazine recently published an interesting article about the history and concept behind TalkingFlix, a company that hopes to provide on-demand audio description for television and mobile devices.  Read the article.  (Posted Apr 8)

Seeing the Show With Their Ears

That's the title of a piece in the NY Times this month on the D-Scriptive audio description service available at a number of New York City performing arts venues.  Currently, six performances offer the free service, with more in the pipeline.  Read more about the D-Scriptive service.  (Posted Feb 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 ...

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!