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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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A Total Eclipse - Audio Described!

Solar EclipseMonday, August 21, a total eclipse of the sun.  The event will be audio described on ACB Radio during a one-hour program beginning at 2pm EASTERN time.  You can access the program in three ways:  Computer, iOS device, or telephone.  Learn how to access the description of the eclipse (along with catchy tunes like "Here Comes the Sun")!  You can also read an article about the broadcast.  (Posted Aug 18)

New ADP Site Feature:  Master AD List!

As the only repository of all audio described titles on DVD and the three video streaming services (Amazon, iTunes, and Netflix), we decided to create a new index of all the titles.  This new "Master" index will allow you to look up any movie or TV series to see if it is available anywhere for purchase or with a subscription.  (Current first-run movies and TV shows are not included but are still available in separate listings.)  At the moment, there are 1438 described videos available, 571 of which are duplicated in more than one service.  We've also added a new navigation link to the full list of over 800 DVDs with AD tracks.  (Updated Aug 18)

Recording of 2017 ADP Conference

An audio file of both sessions of the 2017 ADP Conference in Nevada this past July is now available.  Listen to the ADP Conference Audio Recording, or review the 2017 Conference page.  Links to previous conferences and recordings are also posted on the 2017 Conference page. (Posted Aug 15)

Tourism Video Features Audio Description

The National Council of the Blind-Malaysia has produced a 5-minute video about Audio Description used to promote tourism in Penang, Malaysia and build awareness of AD.  View the video.  (Posted Aug 8)

World Blind Union Article on AD

The World Blind Union publishes monthly newsletters, and the July edition contains an excerpt from Dr. Joel Snyder's book on audio description on pages 13-18.  (Posted Aug 8)

Upcoming Audio Describer Training

Audio Description Training Retreats' next training will be September 17 on Ocracoke Island, NC.  The all-inclusive price for the retreat covers 4 nights lodging, all meals, and 20 hours of formal classes plus materials.  Trainings are limited to no more than 8 participants to insure individual attention and generous practice time. A discount is available for students willing to share a room.   (Updated Aug 15)

Thumbs Up on the ADA and Audio-Described Movies & TV

That's the title of a blog entry on VisionAware by Empish J. Thomas.  Worth a read!  (Posted Aug 1)

"Seeing" the National Parks

That's the title of an article by Laura Griffiths that we have republished.  Learn what she discovered about accessibility at some of our national parks.  (Posted Aug 1)

AMC Theaters Agreement Re AD Equipment

A 2016 lawsuit against AMC Theaters has been resolved.  AMC agrees to staff training, regular testing of equipment, and a video with audio description prior to the main feature so customers can verify that equipment is working.  Read about the AMC Agreement.  (Posted Aug 1)

FCC Orders 75% Increase in "Video Description"

The top four broadcast and top five nonbroadcast networks must increase the amount of described programming from 50 hours/quarter to 87.5 hours/quarter (the maximum authority that Congress gave the FCC) by July 2018.  This works out to about one hour per day.  Read the FCC Order.  See our chart on how much description networks are providing today.  (Posted Jul 18)

Audio Description News

New Audio Described DVDs and Blu-ray Discs

There were three audio described DVDs released on August 15 and three last week:  Alien: Covenant, Everything, Everything, The Case for ChristDiary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, and Snatched.

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Recent:  Alien: Covenant, Everything, Everything, The Case for ChristDiary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, Snatched, Real Boy, Going in Style, Sleight, The Legend of Ben Hall, Ghost in the Shell, Gifted, The Boss Baby, Unforgettable, Kong: Skull Island, The Promise, Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer, Smurfs: The Lost Village, The Fate of the Furious, The Zookeeper's Wife, MORE... 

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New Audio Described TV Programs in the USA

SAP FeatureSomewhere Between, Tuesdays at 10 pm on  ABC.

Midnight, Texas, Mondays at 10 pm on Fox

The Guest Book, Thursdays at 10 pm on TBS.

The Sinner, Wednesdays at 10 pm on USA Network.
(Updated Aug 8)

Netflix Introduces Interactive Video (with AD)

Puss In BootsNetflix, which currently offers over 425 audio described videos, has introduced a new type of video called an interactive video.  By making selections presented on the screen during the show, the flow of the video is altered, with different content.  They are audio described, as are all Netflix Original presentations.  The following two programs were introduced in June and July:  Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale, and Buddy Thunderstruck: The Maybe Pile.  Learn more on the Netflix blog.

We would love to hear from viewers with young visually impaired children if this experience works well for them with description.  (Updated Jul 25)

Do You Want Audio Description on Hulu???

Disability Rights Advocates is investigating complaints from blind individuals who report that the Hulu website and mobile applications are not accessible, and from blind individuals who want audio description tracks to be made available on Hulu.  They would greatly appreciate speaking with you if you are blind and you have chosen not to subscribe to Hulu because you have heard about access barriers or the lack of audio description.  They would also like to speak with you if you have confronted access barriers yourself while using Hulu.  To share your experiences, please contact Kyle Ruiz, by phone at (510) 665-8644 or by email at  (Posted May 23)

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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!