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Welcome to the Audio Description Project!

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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FCC's Webinar on Consumer Help Center

On Monday, April 24, the FCC's Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau hosted a webinar about the FCC's Consumer Help Center, the online portal for filing complaints and consumer information.  The webinar covered in part how to file an informal complaint related to access for people with disabilities.  A copy of the webinar video and presentation is posted at April 24th Event.  (Updated Apr 25)

BADIE Award Winners Announced; Recordings Added

The BADIE contest (which we announced last October) asked young people who are blind or have low vision to submit short reviews of any described movie.  Here we announce the winnersNew  We have now added audio of the winners reading their submissions.  (Updated Apr 11)

Nominations Open for 2017 ADP Achievement Awards

Once again we solicit YOUR nominations for the individuals and organizations who represent the best contributors to audio description in six categories:

- Achievement in Audio Description – Media
- Achievement in Audio Description – Performing Arts
- Achievement in Audio Description – Museums/Visual Art/Visitor Centers
- Achievement in Audio Description – International
- Dr. Margaret Pfanstiehl Memorial Award in Audio Description – Research and Development
- Barry Levine Memorial Award for Career Achievement in Audio Description

Read the complete announcement and nomination instructions, or use our quick online nomination form, or view past winners.  Nominations are open through Friday June 2 with winners announced at the ACB Convention in July.  (Posted Apr 3)

Hamilton (Lack of AD) Lawsuit Revisited

An interesting new article appeared on NPR recently discussing the lawsuit regarding the lack of audio description for the immensely popular broadway show Hamilton.   "I think what this suit brings to light is that you have a hidden population out there that is not gaining the full access to Broadway," says attorney Scott Dinin who filed the class-action suit.  On the other hand, there are good things to report.  "Last year, a new website called Theatre Access NYC launched" whose goal is " to provide one stop where people with disabilities can find accessible performances."  Read the NPR article.  (Posted Mar 21)

UC-Berkeley To Delete Online Content

Per a recent Campus Announcement, the University of California, Berkeley, will cut off public access to tens of thousands of video lectures and podcasts in response to a U.S. Justice Department order that it make the educational content accessible to people with disabilities. Starting March 15, the university will begin removing more than 20,000 video and audio lectures from public view as a result of a Justice Department accessibility order.  Additional Article on File Deletion.  This has been a popular item on our discussion list also.  (Posted Mar 14)

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The ACB/ADP Amazon.com Associate LinkIF you make purchases via Amazon, you can help support the expenses associated with the Audio Description Project and this website.  If you shop online by clicking our "Shop Now!" link (which is always on this main page), any and all purchases you make from Amazon will result in a commission to the ACB (American Council of the Blind), our parent organization.  Purchasing videos via our DVDs page counts, as do additional purchases made while buying a DVD.  PLEASE remember this and help us out!  THANKS!

Audio Description News

New Audio Described DVDs and Blu-ray Discs

There were two new audio described DVDs released on April 25 and one on April 18:  La La Land, Underworld: Blood Wars, and Sleepless.

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Recent:  La La Land, Underworld: Blood Wars, Sleepless, Hidden Figures, Monster Trucks, The Bye Bye Man, Toni Erdmann, Office Christmas Party Rogue One:  A Star Wars Story, A Monster Calls, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Patriot's Day, Silence, Why Him?, Assassin's Creed, Julieta, Live By Night, Sing - Special Edition, Collateral Beauty, Elle, Fences, Passengers, Incarnate, Jackie, Moana, Allied, Doctor Strange, MORE... 

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New Audio Described TV Series Updated

ABC has premiered Imaginary Mary with description Tuesdays at 9:30pm.

The Cartoon Network We have found that The Cartoon Network audio describes some shows but has no list of them.  Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs is one.  If you can find others, let us know, please!

Fox has FOUR new described shows:  You the Jury just premiered Fridays at 9pm;  APB is on Mondays at 9pm; Shots Fired Wednesdays at 8pm; and Prison Break Tuesdays at 9pm.

History Channel just premiered Road Hauks Saturdays at 10pm. 

See our pages describing how to receive described TV, described shows by network, and/or our daily listing of described TV shows.   (Updated Apr 11)

iTunes and Netflix Described Titles

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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!