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Audio Description Project!
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Audio Description, from what is it,
to samples, to who
does it, to how and where it is available in various media.
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ADP Convention Agenda
year's ACB Conference will be held as a
virtual conference (via Zoom) from 9:30am to 9:30pm daily
starting July 3. The ADP
Conference will be held each afternoon Mon-Fri at various times,
plus some pre-conference specials. If you did not
preregister, the one-time cost to
attend the ADP Zoom sessions (and all the ACB sessions) will be $35 during the Conference.
Registration will open on Thursday July 2
from noon to 5:00 PM eastern time. To register
please have your credit card available for payment and call
(612) 332-3242. This is the only way for you to
you cannot register online. Here is the agenda (or read the
agenda, including the ACB Radio sessions):
- Fri Jul 3, 6pm: 2020 Academy Award Winner for BEST
PICTURE, Parasite. The catch is that this
film is NOT available in the USA with audio description, but
WE HAVE A COPY WITH DESCRIPTION! Audio only.
- Sat Jul 4, 7:30pm: Disney's Pick of
the Litter, with one of the participants present to
answer questions. Audio only.
- Sat Jul 4 9pm: Described 2019 Fireworks from
the Mall in Washington, DC. Audio only.
- Mon Jul 6 4:30pm: Features and Functions of the ADP
- Mon Jul 6 7:30pm: Entertainment and Media Industry Update with
panelists discussing their audio description offerings
- Tue Jul 7, 12:30pm: AD Achievement
- Tue Jul 7, 3pm: FCC Legislative Update
- Wed Jul 8 4:30pm: The National Park Service and Audio
- Thu Jul 9 3pm: Strategies for Cord-Cutting or Do You
- Fri Jul 10 3 pm: Audio Description and Quality
Control-the Hiring of Description Producers/Describers and
- Fri Jul 10, 8pm: ACB "Banquet" speaker: Roy
a leading Audio Description Narrator. Roy will be
sharing how his firm informs, inspires, and recruits
relevant organizations into a new initiative in blind
- All week: Various audio described tours on
replayed at 9am, 9pm, and 3am. (Updated
One Small, Easy Way to Make the Oscars More Inclusive
A recent article on the daily news site Slate
reinforces (and references) the ACB's point made in a
March letter to the Academy of Motion Picture
Arts and Sciences (home of the Oscars) that any nomination for Best
Picture must be accessible via closed captioning and audio description.
One Small, Easy Way to Make the Oscars More Inclusive. See also
a June 1 article:
Oscars: audio description brings film to life for blind people, it deserves an
award too. (Posted Jun
Winners of the 2020 ADP Achievement Awards
The American Council of the Blind proudly announces the 2020 Achievement
Awards in Audio Description, an initiative of the Council's Audio Description
the full awards announcement. Formal presentation will be Tuesday,
July 7. Summary (Posted Jun 19):
- Achievement in Audio Description – Performing Arts: Broadway
- Special Recognition Achievement in Audio Description — Performing
Arts: Mary Hanks
- Achievement in Audio Description – Media: Disney+/The Walt
- Achievement in Audio Description – Visual
Art/Museums/Visitor Centers: Michele Hartley
- Achievement in Audio Description – International: VocalEyes
- Special Recognition Achievement in Audio Description –
International: Audio Described Aotearoa Ltd. (New Zealand)
- Dr. Margaret R. Pfanstiehl Memorial Achievement Award in Audio
Description – Research and Development: United Airlines
- Barry Levine Memorial Award for Career Achievement in Audio
Description: Matthew J. Kaplowitz
AD Narrator & ADP Staff Podcasts
The ADNA (Audio
Description Narrators of America)
website has recently added podcasts with AD Narrators, the
professional voice-over artists who read the audio description for movies and
TV series. As a bonus, site owner Roy Samuelson (a narrator himself) has
interviewed a number of us at the ADP and will be rotating in those interviews
clearly identified as "BONUS" content! Give "us" and the real AD
Narrators a listen at
“Know Your Narrator” Interviews. You'll need to bookmark the page
and return weekly to hear new podcasts. (Posted Jun 16)
Audio Description News
Audio Described DVDs and Blu-ray Discs
No doubt related
to closed cinemas, there were no DVDs released with Audio Description tracks
since June 9:
The Hunt and
Out of My Head.
Next Week July 7: Trolls World Tour.
Recent USA Described DVDs:
Out of My Head;
The Invisible Man;
Sonic The Hedgehog;
The Way Back;
Birds of Prey;
Blumhouse's Fantasy Island;
Call of the Wild;
Gretel & Hansel;
I Still Believe;
The Rhythm Section;
Bad Boys For Life;
Looking for Alaska: Season 1;
USA Described DVDs:
2020 | 2019
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Dolby Atmos AD - Please!
Disability advocate and writer Jonathan Mosen has written an interesting
blog post about the shortcuts that providers take in not offering audio
description tracks with the latest Dolby audio technologies. Reflecting
on how a person who is blind depends so much on hearing, he states:
"This sort of immersive sound experience is ideal for blind people."
Read: Atmos Fear.
Blind people like me are an ideal audience for stunning Dolby Atmos sound, but
most studios are locking us out. (Posted Jun 30)
Australia Now Offering TV AD
In Australia, both the
SBS networks are now offering around 14 hours of Audio Description per
week across their respective channels. Click the network names to learn
more. (Posted Jun 23)
Online Art Viewing
The Coronavirus has made online viewing of art more important than ever.
But is it accessible online?
Online Art Viewing Is Finally Being Embraced—But Does That Make It More
Accessible? addresses this question (Posted Jun 16)
Live Remote Broadcasts With AD in Brazil
The worldwide need for social distancing has led to the creation of new
solutions to everyday problems, and providing Audio Description is no
exception. Learn how this was accomplished in Brazil recently in the
Live Remote Broadcasts With Audio Description in Brazil. (Posted Jun
Audio Described Dance
For a limited time you may view the
Ailey American Dance Theater: Chroma, Grace, Takademe, Revelations (Audio
Description Version) on YouTube. Feedback can be sent to
Be sure to tell them if you want more! (Posted Jun 11)
Attention Content Providers:
Why Audio Description
Needs To Be a Priority
What is it, examples, different types of AD, laws, how to provide it,
standards, and even tools -- this article has it all!
Descriptions Need to Be a Priority for Your Content. (Posted Jun 9)
Three Weeks in Athens, All About AD!
Last December, ADP Project Director Dr. Joel Snyder traveled to Greece on a
Fulbright Specialist Grant for a three-week residency giving a series of
seminars, workshops, and public programs on audio description.
Read about Joel's trip. (Posted May 26)
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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, streaming services, 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. 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
Based on his doctoral thesis and teaching audio description around
the world, ADP Project Director Dr. Joel Snyder's book,
The Visual Made Verbal: A Comprehensive Training Manual and Guide to the
History and Applications of Audio Description, is available in print (English,
Portuguese, Polish, and Russian),
for Kindle, on Bookshare, and in Braille and as an audio book from NLS
Read more details
about Dr. Snyder's book...
Dedicated organizations around the world facilitate the offering of
audio description for movies, videos, live theatre,
and television. This website attempts to expose their
fine work to as many interested viewers as possible. Thank
you for visiting!