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The Visuals Into Words Project was created on the premise that "A deeper understanding of how images are transferred into words is still needed." Accordingly, they created a free 15 minute film (translated to several languages) that anyone can use to study "how audio description is approached by different describers in diverging cultural environments and also how end users receive the audio described content." Even a present describer may find it useful with which to practice their own description techniques. Take a look! (Posted Sep 27)
The number of audio describers for live theatre continues to grow. Here's a great video report about one of them at the Metropolitan Washington Ear: These Volunteers Are Bringing Plays to Life For the Visually Impaired (NBC).
And here's another great piece from our friends "down under," highlighting the value of a tactile tour: I love theatre and I’m blind. Here’s how that works. (Posted Sep 20)
On August 2, the FCC released a Public Notice to remind covered manufacturers and multichannel video programming distributors (cable, satellite, and more) about the approaching December 20, 2016 compliance deadline for two new requirements:
Survey says ... only 2% of people with visual impairment feel they are getting enough audio description. That's part of the preliminary results of the recently concluded ACB survey. And when compared to the accommodation for the deaf community, it is an "injustice when captioning can exceed such a wide breadth of coverage across broadcast channels, while the blindness community is relegated to a handful of hours each week during prime time." Read more about the ACB Survey. (Posted Aug 2)
There were four new Audio Described DVDs released on September 27 and two on September 20: Central Intelligence, Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates, The Shallows, Warcraft, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows.
2016 Recent: Central Intelligence, Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates, The Shallows, Warcraft, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows, Captain America: Civil War, The Conjuring 2, De Palma, Pop Star: Never Stop Never Stopping, The Meddler, Money Monster, A Bigger Splash, Me Before You, Jungle Book, The Case of the Three Sided Dream, The Huntsman: Winter's War (Extended Edition), Maggie's Plan, The Nice Guys, Ratchet & Clank, The Angry Birds Movie, God's Not Dead 2, The Bronze, Keanu, Barbershop: The Next Cut, The Boss, Criminal, Hardcore Henry, more ...
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Six shows started audio description starting last week!
premiered Speechless on Wednesdays.
will air reruns of Bob's Burgers starting September 30.
will premiere Falling Water on October 13.
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