Audio Description for All
Audio narrator Roy Samuelson (NCIS, Bosch, movies) has written
an article entitled
Did You Know Of This Way To Enjoy Movies and TV Shows?.
While he "explains" audio description, he also notes: "While
supporting the blind and low vision community is an integral part
of this work, sighted audiences can also enjoy the benefits
of Audio Description, particularly when commuting, cooking, giving
their eyes a break from staring at a screen, or helping keep track
of multiple characters." Those of us (like your webmaster)
who are spouses or partners of AD users already reap these benefits!
Enjoy the article and share it with those who could benefit.
(Posted Jul 23)
2019 ADP Achievement Award Winners
The following award winners were announced at the ACB Convention
in Rochester, NY, on July 9:
Achievement in Audio Description - Performing Arts:
Hunter Gullickson, The Guthrie Theater - Minneapolis,
Special Recognition Achievement in Audio Description -
Montclair State University - Montclair, NJ.
Achievement in Audio Description - Media: Microsoft/Xbox
- Seattle, WA.
Achievement in Audio Description - Visual Art / Museums / Visitor
Centers: Hannah Goodwin, Museum of Fine Arts
- Boston, MA.
Achievement in Audio Description - International:
Vera Arma, ARTIS Project - Viterbo Area,
Dr. Margaret R. Pfanstiehl Memorial Achievement Award
in Audio Description - Research and Development: Dr.
Brett Oppegaard, The UniDescription Project - University
Barry Levine Memorial Award for Career Achievement in Audio
Description: Jon P. Skaalen - Minneapolis,
Awards Announcement; all previous winners
Honor Roll. (Posted Jul 9)
Netflix Now Allows Describer Identification
Professional audio describers (companies and individuals) and
audio narrators (the people who read the describers' scripts) are
proud of their work and like to be recognized just like the actors
and crew in a movie. And this is something many viewers of
the videos have requested, too. Netflix has not allowed such
identification ... until now. From now on, Netflix is allowing
these professionals to be identified at the end of each video ahead
of the credits. Thank you Netflix. Listen for this in
the future! (Posted Jul 2)
Survey on Describing Diversity
*** LAST CALL ***
VocalEyes (a London-based organization which provides audio description)
in partnership with Royal Holloway, University of London, is running
a research project exploring an important aspect of theatre audio
description: people’s opinions about when and how human characteristics,
such as race, disability, age, body shape, or gender should be described.
They are seeking input from a wide group of people: users
of AD, describers, actors and other theatre professionals anywhere
in the world. If you are willing to take a brief online
survey, please visit this page before July 31:
At the survey's end, you may request to be advised of results.
(Posted Jul 2)
Reading TV Subtitles Aloud
If you live in a country whose native language isn't all that
common, you'll encounter a lot of TV in foreign languages.
Denmark is a country that, as many others, doesn't
have a culture for dubbing TV and movies in foreign languages, which
means that they rely heavily on subtitles. But what if you're
blind and you can't read the subtitles? DR, the government
supported TV and radio supplier in Denmark, has twin-channels
for all their main channels that are specifically designed for people
with a vision impairment. When watching TV on these channels,
subtitles will automatically be read aloud as they appear, ensuring
a smooth TV experience for people who can't read the subtitles.
(Via ACVRep, Posted Jul 2)
Audio Description News
New Audio Described DVDs and Blu-ray Discs
On July 23, 3 audio described DVDs were released:
Alita: Battle Angel;
Missing Link. On July
16, 3 audio described DVDs were released:
Recent Described DVDs:
Alita: Battle Angel;
Pet Sematary 2019;
The Best of Enemies;
Park; Captain Marvel;
Five Feet Apart;
A Madea Family Funeral;
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden
World; Isn't It Romantic;
Never Look Away;
Fighting with My Family;
Happy Death Day 2U;
Forrest Gump (25th Anniversary);
The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part;
They Shall Not Grow Old;
What Men Want;
See these lists of described DVDs released in the USA:
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.
Newly Audio Described USA TV Programs
Sharks, Wednesdays at 9pm;
Press Your Luck, Tuesdays at 10pm;
To Tell the Truth, Sundays at 10pm.
Life in Pieces, Thursdays at 9pm and 9:30pm;
The Good Fight, Sundays at 10pm.
What Just Happened??! With Fred Savage, Sundays at 9:30pm.
See our Daily
TV Schedule and TV Schedule by Network.
Technology Makes Museums More Accessible
Museums nationwide are working to make their collections more
accessible for people with disabilities. Some artists are
making touchable adaptations of their works. Or imagine passing
your "hands along the raised figures in touchable versions of a
Vietnam War photograph, [where] small metal sensors [touch] off
recordings to explain whose picture [you are] touching and what
had happened to him" -- an interesting form of audio description!
3-D photographs? Technology makes museums more accessible.
Two other articles on museums address other accessibility features:
Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose and the
first phase of Barrier Free Kerala, India. (Posted Jun