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There are very limited opportunities to get trained as an audio describer. Training is often held in conjunction with conferences. Here we list the few opportunities that we know about, and we solicit information from anyone who is offering training opportunities for audio describers anywhere in the world! The programs are listed in the order of next-scheduled training.
ADI is held annually at the ACB's Annual Conference in JULY each year, plus several other times throughout the year.
Current Schedule: No class scheduled until July (February 2017 class in Virginia was filled to capacity!).
The following information is generic and applies to all of the ADI training programs:
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
- Three full days of
intensive, interactive training
- Last day luncheon will be provided
- Registration for the ACB Conference and Convention are included
- Registration for the ADP Conference is available at a discounted rate
Details: Read the Institute Brochure (reference only after the current training passes)
Graduates of the February 2017 ADI Class in Virginia
|NOTE! The ADI is taught by the director of the Audio Description Project, Dr Joel Snyder, who has taught audio description all over the world and obtained his doctorate degree in the subject. In July 2014 he published a book based on his work with audio description: The Visual Made Verbal, available for under $20 by clicking the link. The book is given to each workshop participant.|
Jan Vulgaropulos and Colleen Connor offer Audio Description Training Retreats (latest offering) at locations in North Carolina. Their all-inclusive price for retreats covers 4 nights lodging, meals, and 20 hours of formal classes. A discount is available for students willing to share a room. And typically you are a short distance from lake or ocean!
Description Training Retreats website and/or contact Jan and
Colleen for more information at
Note: The Training Retreat is not sponsored by the ACB or the Audio Description Project.
This training is held annually at the LEAD Conference, which is generally held in August.
Note: the LEAD Conference and its Audio Description training is not sponsored by the ACB or the Audio Description Project.
Arts Access Inc. of Raleigh, NC, holds audio describer training annually and will conduct special classes for groups, including travelling to their location, if requested. Participants will learn:
Next Class: TBD (last class was January 2017).
For more information: email Jennifer Marshburn; or call Arts Access at 919-833-9919.
Note: This training program is not sponsored by the ACB or the Audio Description Project.
Here we list pointers to information about audio description in education, both for training and for acquisition of the end product. DCMP refers to the Described and Captioned Media Program.
We are pleased to make available a copy of Gregory Frazier's May 1975 Master's thesis on audio description, The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman: An All-Audio Adaptation of the Teleplay for the Blind and Visually Handicapped.
Joel Snyder discusses the document in his book, 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 in 2014. In the book, Dr. Snyder notes that:
"On the U.S.'s west coast: Gregory Frazier, a
professor at San Francisco State University, formally developed the concepts
behind audio description and general guidelines for its use. In its 1996
obituary of Gregory T. Frazier, the New York Times called Frazier 'a San
Francisco visionary who hit on the idea of providing simultaneous electronic
audio descriptions for the blind so they could enjoy more than the dialogue
of movies, television and theater performances.'
"In the early 1970s, Frazier was relaxing at his home with a friend who happened to be blind. The evening's entertainment? High Noon with Gary Cooper, playing on television. The NY Times article relates that 'At the friend's request, Frazier, speaking rapidly between the lines of dialogue, provided terse descriptions of the scenes and actions. The friend was so appreciative that by the time Gary Cooper had shot Frank Miller dead, ripped the star off his own chest and thrown it to the ground before climbing into a carriage and driving off with Grace Kelly, Mr. Frazier … was a changed man.'
"Frazier realized that the concise descriptions he provided for his friend extemporaneously could be thought-through, edited, recorded and played through FM radio receivers at movies - or carried over secondary audio channels on television. Frazier, a graduate of San Francisco State University, returned to college to obtain a Master's degree in broadcast journalism, developing a thesis-'television for the blind'- that explored the use of description to enhance the 1974 television production of The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman.
"In 1991, Mr. Frazier founded the non-profit corporation AudioVision SF to provide description for the performing arts in San Francisco-area venues. AudioVision SF still exists, providing description on a regular basis for theater performances throughout the Bay Area. In 2010, Audio Vision SF and Gregory Frazier posthumously received the Barry Levine Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award in Audio Description, presented by the American Council of the Blind's Audio Description Project."
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