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

Eighth AUDIO DESCRIPTION INSTITUTE - July 8-10, 2015

In Conjunction with ACB’s 2015 Annual Conference and Convention

Sheraton Dallas – Dallas, TX

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 signing 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

- 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

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 three-day intensive program will begin at 9:00 am on Wednesday, July 8, 2015 and conclude at 4:00 pm on Friday, July 10, 2015.  All Institute participants will receive a copy of Dr. Joel Snyder’s newly-published (by the American Council of the Blind) The Visual Made Verbal: A Comprehensive Training Manual and Guide to the History and Applications of Audio Description.  See the detailed agenda below.

 

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

 

Institute Director

Joel Snyder-- One of the first audio describers, Dr. Snyder began describing theater events and media in 1981; he is the President of Audio Description Associates with clients around the world (see www.audiodescribe.com for more information) and Director of ACB’s Audio Description Project.  As Director of Described Media for the National Captioning Institute, he led a staff that produced description for nationally broadcast films and network series including  “Sesame Street” broadcasts and DVDs.  Snyder has trained describers in 41 states and the District of Columbia; internationally, he has introduced description, trained describers or presented on description in 44 countries.  Dr. Snyder is the author of The Visual Made Verbal:  A Comprehensive Training Manual and Guide to the History and Applications of Audio Description, published by the American Council of the Blind.

 

Tuition - $495.00   

- A Friday luncheon will be provided.
- Registration for the ACB 2015 Conference and Convention is included.

 

Lodging

You can make reservations for your stay at the Sheraton Dallas via phone or online.  Room rates are $89 plus tax per night (single or double). Make reservations by phone by calling (888) 627-8191; be  sure to mention you are with the ACB convention. You can also make reservations online at:  SHERATON DALLAS

 

To Apply

To apply on-line, simply visit:   http://adpregister.acb.org/

Questions?

Contact  Joel Snyder at jsnyder@acb.org -- 202 467-5083 or 301 920-0218.

 

 

AGENDA

2015 ACB-Audio Description Project - AUDIO DESCRIPTION INSTITUTE

Sheraton Dallas - Dallas, Texas

July 8-10, 2015

 

 

DAY I - Wednesday, July 8, 2015   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

 

* 11:00 am - 11:15 am:  break

 

* 11:15 am-12:30 am:

 

- Concentration / Observation

- Editing What You See

 

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

 

* 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm:

 

- Language 

- Speech / Breath Control / Oral Interpretation

 

* 3:30 pm - 3:45 pm: break

 

* 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm:

 

- Audio Description exercises

- Viewing / analysis of audio described excerpts

 

 

DAY II - Thursday, July 9, 2015   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 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 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 - Friday, February 24, 2015  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

 

 

* 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!