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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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Audio Description and Education Symposium
23-24 September, 2015
Warsaw, Poland

Audio Description and the Future - Children ARE the Future!

The importance of blind children and their proper education can never be underestimated. The main aim of the symposium is to support our children by creating a bridge and a dialogue between researchers in such disciplines as linguistics, typhlopedagogy and developmental psychology, and practitioners of Audio Description, exploring findings in work with blind and visually impaired children. We shall discuss the present state of affairs of audio description in Poland, Europe and the US, in order to work out a framework for cooperation between:
    - scholars
    - institutions protecting the rights of the blind and the visually impaired
    - media
    - government, and
    - NGOs.
All of these entities have significant influence on children's everyday lives and future.  The symposium will be preceded by a two-day workshop on audio description (Monday and Tuesday, September 21-22) led by Dr. Joel Snyder, an amazing trainer, one of the world's first audio describers, the President of Audio Description Associates, LLC (audiodescribe.com), and the Director of the American Council of the Blind's Audio Description Project.  View:  our official webpage and our facebook page.  (Submitted by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, SWPS University, Warsaw; Posted Aug 4)

Museum Art Tours For People Who Are Blind

More and more museums are adapting their tours and collections to people who are blind.  From the Smithonian to museums in Raleigh and Dallas, special tours are being developed, docents are being trained, and rubber gloves are being donned to let people with visual impairment appreciate the collection more.  Read:  At Some Museums, Blind Visitors Can Touch the Art.  (Posted July 28)

ACB Conference Attendees Experience a Rodeo

Attendees at the July ACB Conference in Dallas, TX, got to experience a rodeo -- with audio description, courtesy of Joel Snyder, ADP Director and audio describer.  Read all about how this came about and the 60 attendees' reaction in the following article:   Rodeo vision: Attendees experience arena event with other senses - Blind people take in the Mesquite Championship Rodeo.  (Posted July 28)

First-Person Experience With Audio Description

In March of this year, Susan Glass, an audio description consumer and advocate who is active in Audio Description Project committees, wrote an article for the ACB Braille Forum entitled, "Best Audio Holiday Season Ever."  The piece, which describes her experiences with audio description last December, won this year's Ned E. Freeman Writing Award, which is awarded to the author of a Braille Forum article that demonstrates a mastery of the craft of writing, interesting subject matter, originality in recounting an experience, and novelty of approach.  (Posted July 28)

TWO Audio Describer Training Opportunities
in North Carolina:  August & September

In late August, Arts Access, which has been providing description in the Triangle area since the early 1990s, is providing a two-day training opportunity in Raleigh.  While the organization is hoping to train more local describers, the training class is open to anyone.  Learn more and register online for this training opportunity.

In September, an Arts Access trained describer and a user of description are together offering an AD training "retreat" in a beach house in Ocracoke on the Outer Banks of NC.  The fee includes transportation, all 10 meals, and housing (in a beach house) plus 20 hours of instruction in the technique of audio description.  For more information, read the AD Retreat brochure.  (Note:  the class is limited to SEVEN participants; but if enough interest is shown, additional classes may scheduled.)  (Updated August 4)

Reference

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 now available in print, for Kindle, and on Bookshare!  Details

Audio Description News

Audio Described DVDs and Blu-ray Discs

Here are the most recently released DVDs:

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Mad Max: Fury Road, Aloha, Walt Disney Short Films Collection, Child 44, True Story, Insurgent, Far From the Madding Crowd, Home, The Water Diviner, The Longest Ride, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, X-Men: Days of Future Past the Rogue Cut, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, Get Hard, Chappie, Blomkamp3, Run All Night, Unfinished Business, Kingsman: The Secret Service, Project Almanac, Red Army, The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, Jupiter Ascending, Focus, McFarland USA, Seventh Son, American Sniper, Hot Tub Time Machine 2, Strange Magic, Mortdecai, Blackhat, Fifty Shades of Grey

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The Described TV Listing is Back!!!

We are pleased to announced that the excellent Audio Described Daily TV Listing produced by Sebastian Andrade-Miles is back.  This listing is exclusive to the ACB and is a service of the Audio Description Project.  Bookmark the following link to access it directly, or look it up on our TV page.  Described TV Listing.  (Posted Sep 1)

TV Description on Saturday Mornings

A company called Litton Entertainment produces 17 education-oriented television shows for three television networks on Saturday mornings.  All the shows are different, and all are audio described by Bridge Multimedia.  We are now listing all the shows on our TV page, along with links to the show descriptions.  The networks and the links to the show descriptions are:

Note that this is our first listing for described shows on the cable network known as The CW (the C is for CBS and the W is for Warner Bros, the co-owners).  Since description is not required on The CW broadcast network, not all affiliates are able to broadcast description and/or pass it to the local cable company.  (Updated Aug 25)

The History Channel Begins Audio Description

Based on measured viewer interest, the FCC updated the list of non-broadcast stations required to supply "video description" on July 1.  The History Channel replaced Nickelodeon.  Since this is new to them, they are starting cautiously, describing select earlier episodes of programs which are repeated, rather than committing yet to delivering description for first-run episodes.  The programs which are currently on the list for description are Counting Cars and Pawn Stars, with a few episodes of American Picker.  As they work their way through this, they are providing a listing of all the shows, dates, and show descriptions at a special History Channel link.  This information is also available on our TV page.  Welcome to the world of audio description, History Channel!  (Posted July 28)

DaredevilNetflix Audio Description Update

As of August, Netflix is offering over 100 movies or series with audio description.  For the series, some of them are fully described, while others are still in the process of updating back episodes.  (For example, all three seasons of House of Cards are available with description NOW, and the quality of the description is very good.)  Netflix has contacted numerous audio description companies to arrange for future description.  Read our page on Accessing Audio Description on Netflix.  You'll learn good things such as setting your description option once will be remembered for all future videos.  (Updated Aug 4).

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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!