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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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2016 ADP Conference and AD Institute
Enrollment Now Open!

YOU ARE INVITED to attend our 2016 AD Conference and/or our tenth AD Institute (to train audio describers) in Minneapolis, MN, the week of July 3, 2016.  We have a fantastic agenda!  For more information on either the Conference or Institute, click the links above.  (Updated Apr 19)

2016 ADP Award Nominations — ACT NOW!

It's that time of year, time to honor an individual or organization that you respect for their work offering, enhancing, and promoting audio description.  You'll find complete nomination instructions, including an online or printable award nomination form, at our 2016 ADP Award Nominations page.  Do it now!!!  (Posted Mar 29)

Netflix Further Committed to Accessibility

During the past year, Netflix has introduced 140 shows with audio description tracks.  Now, after engaging in a "structured negotiation settlement" with the ACB and others, they are even further committed to accessibility.  For example, by the end of 2016, all Netflix platforms (like iPads) should be fully accessible, including features such as searching for described shows.  Read about the Netflix settlement.  Of particular interest:  This settlement paves the way for similar negotiations with Amazon, Hulu, etc.!  (Posted Apr 19)

Facebook Introduces "Automatic Alternative Text"

Facebook has just introduced a feature called AAT, or Automatic Alternative Text, which will attempt to describe posted images to people with visual impairment who use VoiceOver on iPhones or iPads (initially).  Read about Facebook's AAT feature.  (Posted Apr 5)

Interviews of Potential or Actual Screen Reader Users of Hulu or Amazon Video

Disability Rights Advocates is investigating complaints from blind individuals who report that the Amazon Video and Hulu websites and mobile applications are not accessible, and from blind individuals who want audio description tracks to be made available on Amazon Video and Hulu.  They would greatly appreciate speaking with you if you are blind and you have either confronted access barriers yourself while using Amazon Video or Hulu, or you have chosen not to subscribe to Amazon Video or Hulu because you have heard about access barriers.  To share your experiences, please contact Julia Marks by phone at (510) 665-8644 or by email at jmarks@dralegal.org.  (Posted Apr 5)

Audio Description Project New Pages

The following pages have been added recently.  (Updated Apr 13)

AMC Theaters Lawsuit

A class action lawsuit has been filed against AMC movie theaters for not keeping their audio description headsets in working condition.  The suit was filed only after complaints by patrons and an attorney were ignored.  Read about the lawsuit.  (Posted Feb 17)

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 available in print, for Kindle, and on Bookshare.  Read more details about Dr Snyder's book

Audio Description News

Audio Described DVDs and Blu-ray Discs

[NOTICE:  The next update to this list will not be until May 12 at the earliest.]  Audio described DVDs released April 26 are:  Krampus, Ride Along 2, and Son of Saul.  The most recent ones before that are:  The Revenant, The Lady in the Van, and Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.

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2016 Recent:  Krampus, Ride Along 2, Son of Saul, The Revenant, The Lady in the Van, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, Concussion, Point Break, Daddy's Home, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip, The Big Short, Brooklyn, Sisters, In the Heart of the Sea, The Peanuts Movie, Victor Frankenstein, Creed, Legend, The Night Before, Becoming Bulletproof, The Good Dinosaur, Black Mass, Steve Jobs, The 33, more ...

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Recent New Described TV Series

Fox has indicated they will be describing New Houdini & Doyle beginning May 2 at 9pm.  Another recent described series is American Grit (reality contest) Thursdays at 9pm.

NBC recently introduced Crowded (comedy) on Sundays at 9:30 pm and Heartbeat (medical drama) on Wednesdays at 8 pm. 

USA Network has picked up the canceled series Motive (police drama) from ABC and has started the third season Fridays at 10 pm.

The History Channel is describing Iron & Fire Mondays at 10 pm.  (Updated Apr 26)

Disney Movies Anywhere App Offers
Audio Description on 16 Pixar Movies

Disney Movies Anywhere Logo Disney has announced that their Disney Movies Anywhere iOS app supports external synchronization of audio description on 16 Pixar movies like The Good Dinosaur, the Toy Stories series, Inside Out, Brave, and more, which are purchased and viewed outside the app.  Read about this streaming audio app and other streaming video apps on our new Streaming pageNew  Read a review of the app which also explains exactly how to use it (courtesy of WonderBaby.org).  (Updated Apr 5)

iTunes Now Offering Described Videos

Apple's iTunes is offering a limited number of movies with audio description tracks.  You can tell an individual movie offers description because iTunes shows an AD icon right after the CC (closed captioning) icon under the title.  You can also search in iTunes for "audio description," but don't abbreviate it AD, and don't expect the listing to be complete.  You'll find movies such as Ant Man, Bridge of Spies, Home, Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur, The Martian, The Revenant, and Brooklyn.  Learn about all streaming service options via our new Streaming page.  (Updated Mar 16)

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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!