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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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Comcast Takes Home FCC Chairman's Accessibility Award for Voice Guidance

"On June 1 Tom Wlodkowski, Comcast's VP of Accessibility, proudly accepted the FCC's Advancement in Accessibility Award. [Note:  The ACB nominated Comcast for this award!]  The award is part of the FCC's Accessibility and Innovation Initiative, an effort that encourages dialogue between companies, developers, government and consumers about accessible solutions. The talking guide received similar recognition from the Associated Services for the Blind, the American Association of People with Disabilities the American Foundation for the Blind and the Blindness Awareness Expo, an event hosted by The PA Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, PA Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services, and the Advisory Committee for the Blind of Pennsylvania."  See also Comcast's Blog Posts on Accessibility.  (Posted June 26; from Comcast's "Community Update:  Accessibility")

Audio Description Project Mini-Conference

This year the Audio Description Project will meet for one afternoon as part of the annual ACB Conference in Dallas, TX, in July.  For a detailed agenda and links to more information, visit our 2015 ADP Conference page.  (Posted June 23)

Audio Describer Training Retreat, Ocracoke Island, NC, Sept 2015

Here's a unique approach to audio describer training:  a "retreat" in a beach house in Ocracoke on the Outer Banks of NC!  And the fee includes transportation, all 10 meals, and your housing (in a beach house) ... plus, of course, 20 hours of instruction in the technique of audio description.  This new offering by Jan Vulgaropulos, a 10-year veteran of audio description with Arts Access in NC, also features training and critique by Colleen Connor, a user of description who is also trained in the art herself.  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.)  (Posted June 23)

DaredevilNetflix Gives In:  Audio Description Has Arrived!

After lots of social media pressure (spearheaded by Robert Kingett, behind the scenes work by the ACB, and supported by a recent ADP Twitter post, among others), Netflix has finally agreed to offer audio description on some present, future, and past videos plus Netflix series.  The turning point was MARVEL'S DAREDEVIL.  In addition, HOUSE OF CARDS, ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, and more are already described.  This includes preexisting episodes.  (For instance, all three seasons of House of Cards are available with description NOW.)  70 shows have description so far!  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 June 9).

25 to 60Video Description Expands to 60 Markets July 1

If you do not have video description passed through from your local TV stations yet, you may wish to check to see if you are in one of the top 60 markets.  The FCC's standing order is for the number of markets served to expand from 25 to 60 by July 1, 2015.  For more information, check out our new page on Changes Coming to Video Description Rules.

Also effective July 1:  The History Channel replaces Nickelodeon as a required non-broadcast channel for audio description, and ESPN continues to be exempt.  Read the FCC Order.  We regret that The History Channel has not been responsive to our inquiries regarding their plans for description.  Please ask them yourself!  (Updated June 23)

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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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, Mortdecai, Blackhat, Fifty Shades of Grey, Pitch Perfect (Aca-Awesome Edition), Mr. Turner, The Pyramid, Selma, Covert Affairs Season 5, The Gambler, The Wedding Ringer, The Boy Next Door, Taken 3, Wild, Interstellar, Into the Woods, Top Five, Annie

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BullseyeNew TV Series with Description

 ABC has a new described series called The Astronaut Wives Club.  This is in addition to The Whispers, plus a follow-on series to Shark Tank called Beyond the Tank.  On Fox, the new game show BOOM! is described.  The new animated series Golan the Insatiable, the new reality contest Bullseye, and Wayward Pines, a 10-part psychological thriller mini-series by M. Night Shyamalan, are also confirmed as audio described.  Ken Burns' The Roosevelts series on PBS is currently being rebroadcast on many PBS stations.  The USA network is describing Mr. Robot on Wednesdays along with Complications on Thursdays.

The following described TV series have been CANCELED for the 2015-16 season: 

  •   CSI (but 2-hour wrap-up Sep 27)
  •   Gang Related, Glee, Gracepoint, Kitchen Nightmares, Mulaney, The Mindy Project, The Following, Weird Loners
  •   About a Boy, Parenthood, Parks and Recreation, State of Affairs

(Updated June 26)

American Council of the Blind Book on Description Gets Translated

Você fala Português?  If you speak Portuguese, you'll be pleased to know that Dr Joel Snyder's Book, The Visual Made Verbal: A Comprehensive Training Manual and Guide to the History and Applications of Audio Description, is being translated to Portuguese for availability soon.  In addition, Polish, Swedish, and Spanish version are in the works.  Humorous side note:  There was no good translation for "The Visual Made Verbal" in Portuguese, so they used CONSTRUINDO IMAGENS COM PALAVRAS, or "Building Images With Words."  (Posted June 9)

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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!