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Welcome to the Audio Description Project!

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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Over 250 Disney+ Described Titles Added

Today we are releasing the first official list of audio described titles on the new Disney+ streaming service in the USA.  Initially (and perhaps only for a day or two), the Disney+ Originals are not included, but all Disney+ Originals do include description.  The TV Series are also missing initially, but we'll get to them shortly.  And we are working with Disney on correct genre listings.  But the basic list of titles is there, and it is extensive!  As a reminder, some Disney titles are under exclusive contract to other streaming services as far out as late 2021 and are not included yet.  We are able to list those titles appearing in the next 30 days however, and you will find trailers for future titles, many with description, on the service.  (Posted Nov 19)

New Website Navigation and Listings

With the addition of Apple TV+ and Disney+, we needed new navigation options to cover the described titles from both streaming services.  This necessitated a review of how we are offering those options to you, and we decided to revamp the header and navigation areas of our website pages as you can see above.  We have added a couple of other new navigation options:  Our Conferences and an "Other" listing of titles available with AD from sites other than the biggies we list (we expect this to grow over time).  We hope you find this useful and welcome your feedback.  (Updated Nov 12)

Cord Cutting With AD in Mind

With cable and satellite TV costs rising, many customers (1.7 million in 3Q19) are investigating cord cutting, looking for lower-cost alternatives.  This becomes even more important as the streaming wars heat up, with additional fees for their services.  But what is a person to do if they depend upon that good old SAP channel for audio description?  Your webmaster faced this decision and investigated many options.  You can read his report of how to approach the problem, what solutions are out there, and what he finally decided upon, with a complete review of that service on our new page, Cord-Cutting Options Supporting Audio Description.  We hope to keep expanding this page as we get other users' success stories -- and we have one already for The Channels App.  Send your feedback to the webmaster.  (Updated Nov 12)

The 2020 BADIE Contest is Open!

Each Fall, the ADP, in conjunction with the Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP), sponsors the Benefits of Audio Description in Education (BADIE) Contest.  Students ages 7 to 21 view an audio described video and write a review of that movie.  PRIZES will be awarded in each age category.  Read the details about entering the BADIE Contest!  (Posted Sep 10)

Audio Description News

New Audio Described DVDs and Blu-ray Discs

On November 19, 2 DVDs were released with audio description tracks:  Blinded by the Light; Dora and the Lost City of Gold.

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Coming Next Week (Nov 26):  none confirmed.

Recent Described DVDs:  Blinded by the Light; Dora and the Lost City of Gold; 47 Meters Down: Uncaged; After the Wedding; Brian Banks; Good Boys; The Angry Birds Movie 2; Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw; Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark; The Art of Racing in the Rain; The Kitchen; Luce; The Lion King; Crawl; Stuber; The Art of Self-Defense; Annabelle Comes Home; Toy Story 4; The Wedding Guest; Maiden; Spider-Man: Far From Home; 101 Dalmatians (Signature Collection); Anna; Child's Play; Pavarotti; Shaft (2019); Sleeping Beauty (Signature Collection); Yesterday; X-Men: Dark Phoenix; Aladdin; Aladdin (Signature Collection); John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum; Ratatouille (BR Release); The Dead Don't Die; Booksmart; Ma; more...   

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AD Titles Milestones Reached!

In a sense they are arbitrary, but we like "round numbers."  Congratulations to both Netflix and Amazon Prime Video for breaking 1000 titles each the week of October 15!  (iTunes already did.)  And in turn, that lets us break the 3000 described titles mark in our Master AD List (which has been reformatted slightly to make it easier to get more information about each title).

Update Nov 19:  With the addition of Apple TV+ and especially Disney+, the Master AD List now contains over 3350 titles!  (Updated November 19)

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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...

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 (English and Russian), for Kindle, and on Bookshare.  Read more details about Dr. Snyder's book...

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!