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Audio Description Institute 2017, Alexandria VA

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ON-LINE REGISTRATION OPENS ON
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1!

The American Council of the Blind's Audio Description Project Announces Its Thirteenth

AUDIO DESCRIPTION INSTITUTE
February 24-26, 2018
(Saturday through Monday)
In Conjunction with ACB's 2018
Presidents' Meeting (ACB Affiliate Presidents)
Crowne Plaza Old Town Alexandria (Virginia)

Fourth time in the Washington, DC area!

Audio Description (AD) makes visual images accessible for people who are blind or have low vision. Using words that are succinct, vivid, and imaginative, media describers convey the visual image from television and film that is not fully accessible to a significant segment of the population (more than 21 million Americans experience significant vision loss).

The implementation of the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act has spawned a virtual cottage industry for the development of description for broadcast television.

BE A PART OF IT!

Who Should Attend

- Anyone interested in:
- working as freelance description writers for broadcast television
- working as a describer in a local performing arts program
- working as a describer for visual art exhibitions
and
- Experienced audio describers desiring an updated refresher course.

NOTE: freelance writers for broadcast television projects can often be based anywhere in the world--computer equipment capable of accommodating high-speed downloads is a must.

Topics Include--

1) audio description history and theory
2) the "Four Fundamentals of Audio Description" ©
3) active seeing/visual literacy-developing skills in concentration and observation
4) the art of "editing" what you see
5) vivid language: "The Visual Made Verbal"™
6) "Speak the speech, I pray you"--using the spoken word
to make meaning

Program

- Three full days of intensive, interactive training;

- A Monday luncheon will be provided;

- Each registrant will receive a signed copy of Dr. Joel Snyder's ACB-published The Visual Made Verbal: A Comprehensive Training Manual and Guide to the History and Applications of Audio Description.

The interactive sessions (limited use of lecture, questions/discussion throughout, generous use of media, and individual and group writing exercises) are designed to provide immediate feedback and "give and take," allowing for adaptation according to a sense of participants' grasp of the material. In addition, experienced users of description are a part of the Institute's faculty, providing an important perspective throughout the sessions.

This Institute will begin at 9:00 am on Saturday, February 24, 2018 and conclude at 4:00 pm on Monday, February 26, 2018 (detailed agenda below).

Participation is strictly limited. The Institute will issue ACB-sponsored certificates to all successful participants confirming completion of this professional description training program.

Institute Director/Staff

Joel Snyder, Ph.D.-- One of the first audio describers, Dr. Snyder began describing theater events and media in 1981; he is the President of Audio Description Associates, LLC with clients world-wide (see www.audiodescribe.com for more information) and Director of ACB's Audio Description Project. For six years, he led a staff that produced description for nationally broadcast films and network series including "Sesame Street" broadcasts and DVDs. Snyder has worked with description and trained describers in more than 40 states and in over 50 countries.

In addition, DC-area audio description consumer consultants (audio description enthusiasts who are blind or have low vision) will offer their perspectives.

Tuition - $495.00 - credit card payment accepted by secure on-line registration

Lodging

Crowne Plaza Old Town Alexandria
901 N. Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 683-6000

Crowne Plaza room rates are about $109 per night plus taxes for a single or double room. Parking is $20 per day. You may call 877-317-5752 to make a reservation or online at Crowne Plaza. You will want to let the hotel know you are with the American Council of the Blind to receive this rate. Or you can reserve a room on-line
by clicking Crowne Plaza.

To Register

Visit:  REGISTRATION 2018 DC Audio Description Institute

The number of participants we can accept is limited -- so please register on-line and soon to avoid being left out.

Contact Joel Snyder at jsnyder@acb.org -- 202 467-5083
with any questions -- see you in Washington, DC!

JOEL SNYDER
Director, Audio Description Project
American Council of the Blind
jsnyder@acb.org -- 202 467-5083

For more information about audio description, please visit:  www.acb.org/adp

President, Audio Description Associates, LLC
"The Visual Made Verbal" ™
                Visual Made Verbal logo
™ ADA logo--an eye within an ear
6502 Westmoreland Avenue, Takoma Park, MD 20912
www.audiodescribe.com 
jsnyder@audiodescribe.com -- 301 920-0218



AGENDA

2018 ACB-Audio Description Project
DC-based AUDIO DESCRIPTION INSTITUTE
Crowne Plaza Old Town Alexandria - Alexandria, Virginia
February 24-26, 2018

DAY I - Saturday, February 24, 2018 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

* 9:00 am-9:30 am: Introductions

* 9:30 am-11:00 am: Opening Workshop

- The Visually Impaired User
- Audio Description History and Theory
- Overview of Fundamentals of Audio Description
- Concentration / Observation
- Editing What You See
Language
- Vocal Skills: Speech and
Oral Interpretation Fundamentals

* 11:00 am - 11:15 am: break

* 11:15 am-12:30 am:

- Opening Workshop (continued)

* 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm - Lunch on your own

* 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm:

- Opening Workshop (continued)

* 3:30 pm - 3:45 pm: break

* 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm:

- Audio Description exercises
- Viewing / analysis of audio described excerpts


DAY II - Sunday, February 25, 2018 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

* 9:00 am-11:00 am:

- Viewing / analysis of audio described excerpts
- Audio Description practicum--Individual description sessions with still images and selected video scenes

* 11:00 am - 11:15 am: break

* 11:15 am-12:30 pm:

- Viewing / analysis of audio described excerpts
- Audio Description practicum--Individual description sessions with still images and selected video scenes

* 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm - Lunch on your own

* 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

- Viewing / analysis of audio described excerpts
- Audio Description practicum--Individual description sessions with selected video scenes

* 3:30 pm - 3:45 pm: break

* 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm:

- Viewing / analysis of audio described excerpts
- Audio Description practicum--Individual description sessions with selected video scenes

DAY III - Monday, February 26, 2018 9:00 am-4:00 pm

* 9:00 am - 10:45 am:

- Audio Description practicum--Individual description sessions with selected video scenes

* 10:45 am - 11:00 am: break

* 11:00 am - 12:30 pm:

- The Mechanics of Audio Description
- Audio Description Writing Software
- Audio Description Producers--
How to Get Work
As A Describer

* 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm - INSTITUTE LUNCHEON

* 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm:

- Audio Description practicum--Individual description sessions with selected video scenes

* Audio Description in the U.S. and around the world

* Review / Discussion

Graduation!