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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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Audio Description Podcast

Eyes on Success offers podcasts discussing products, services, and daily living tips for people with vision loss.  Two recent podcasts discussed audio description:

  • Podcast 1834 interviews Rachel Melton of MindsEye Radio who discusses audio description.  MindsEye Radio received a 2018 ADP Achievement Award.
  • Podcast 1835 discusses what's involved in creating AD for live theatre for another ADP Achievement award winner, Geva Theatre Center in Rochester, NY. (Posted Sep 18)

Audio Description Integrated Into a Play

A play in Wales is being presented with integrated audio description (by the cast members) -- a fine example for other play writers!  See The Importance of Being Described ... Earnestly.  (Posted Sep 4)

What's Happening With HGTV, Discovery, Disney?

HGTV and Discovery replaced Disney and TNT on July 1 as networks required by the FCC to utilize audio description.  But where is the AD?  HGTV and Discovery both list numerous programs as having AD tracks, but we aren't sure they are getting out to viewers.  And Disney appears to have dropped AD from all its programming as of July 1.  CAN YOU TELL US WHAT YOU RECEIVE AT YOUR LOCATION?  Either write the webmaster (link at the bottom of the page) or post on the ADP List forum.  Please identify your location and TV provider.  (Posted Sep 4)

Audio Described Movie Review Podcast

Access Tech Watch 360 is offering a free podcast reviewing audio described movies.  The current one runs about 30 minutes and has two visually impaired reviewers reviewing three movies.  Give a listen:  It's Movie Night! Accessible Audio Movie Review.  (Posted Sep 4)

ACB Pushes FCC on TV AD Listings

At the July 2018 ACB Conference, the membership voted on 23 proposed Resolutions, one of which was entitled TV Listings.  The resolution urged the FCC to "to exercise all appropriate authority to require the broadcast and non-broadcast networks to establish and/or join an automated digital listing of all available audio-described programming; and ... monitor such listings on an ongoing basis for quality assurance ..."  (Posted Aug 14)

Tactile Comic Strips

The Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, CA, recently contracted the LightHouse MAD Lab to create a tactile version of one of the original Peanuts comic strips.  While the work can be viewed on request at any time, there will be a special Accessible Tour Day on September 23 at 11:30am which emphasizes tactile objects.  For information, contact monica@schulzmuseum.orgIf you are a museum looking for tactile displays, please contact the MAD Lab.  (Posted Aug 14)

Gaming Video Audio Described

Many people who are visually impaired also like to participate in video games.  While we have no experience with or knowledge of accessible games, we found this video of "Fortnite" very interesting because the owner audio describes what he is doing in the portions of the game he shows.  Very interesting and worth a look!  Fortnite Video.  (Posted Aug 14)

Next Audio Describer Training Class

The next opportunity to be trained as an audio describer will come on October 18th in western North Carolina with an all-inclusive price for transportation from the airport and lakeside accommodations.  Visit the Audio Description Training Retreats website for details.  (Posted Aug 7)

Audio Description News

New Audio Described DVDs and Blu-ray Discs

On September 18, 1 new audio described DVD was released:  Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.  On September 11, two new audio described DVDs were released:  Ocean's 8, Superfly.

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Recent DVDs:  Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Ocean's 8, Superfly, Adrift, Won't You Be My Neighbor, Book Club, Tag, Action Point, Deadpool 2, God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness, Show Dogs, Avengers: Infinity War, Breaking In, Life of the Party, The Rider, Final Portrait, Overboard, The Miracle Season, Ready Player One, I Feel Pretty, Isle of Dogs, Rampage, Super Troopers 2, Traffik, A Quiet Place7 Days in Entebbe; Beirut; Blockers; Tyler Perry's Acrimony; Pacific Rim Uprising; Paul, Apostle of Christ; The Death of Stalin, Unsane, Love, Simon; Loveless; Sherlock Gnomes; The Strangers: Prey at Night; Tomb Raider 2018; more...   

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Recent Audio Described USA TV Programs

ABC New  Single Parents premieres Wednesday September 26 at 9:30 pm.

Discovery New Airplane Repo, Vegas Hot Rods, Vegas Rat Rods.  NOTE:  Since Discovery is newly offering audio description and repeats often, not all episodes of the previously listed shows will be described.  See the new Discovery AD Schedule[We have urged them to keep this up to date!  Write them if it is not.]

Fox Rel Sundays at 9:30 pm. New

HGTV Beachfront Bargain Hunt, Caribbean LifeNOTE:  Since HGTV is newly offering audio description and repeats often, not all episodes of the previously listed shows will be described.  See the new HGTV AD Schedule.    [We have urged them to keep this up to date!  Write them if it is not.]

NBC  New  I Feel Bad previews Wednesday September 19; and New Amsterdam premieres Tuesday September 25 at 10 pm. (Article Updated Sep 18)

Christopher RobinActiview Is On a Roll!

Actiview, a free app which supplies audio description tracks for a movie playing in a theater or on any other device, has announced three movies this month:  Pick of the Litter (limited release), Far From the Tree (limited release), and (Disney's) Christopher Robin.  Previous tracks include Antman and the Wasp, Incredibles 2, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Megan Levy, Wonderstruck, Breathe, Coco, The Man Who Invented Christmas, and Dealt.  (Updated Aug 21)

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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!