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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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Virgin Australia Introduces Audible User Interface for In-Flight Entertainment

"Virgin Australia has become the first airline in the Asia Pacific and the second airline in the world to introduce an in-flight entertainment (IFE) user interface for passengers who are blind or have low vision.  Designed to make the customer experience more accessible for vision impaired passengers, the new interface increases accessibility to IFE content through simplified screen layouts, larger icons and voice prompts."  The interface does not appear to include audio description tracks of movies, however.  Read the Virgin Australia article.  (Posted May 18)

AMC Movie Theaters Settles Class Action Suit

"Lead plaintiff Scott Blanks sued AMC in February 2016, saying that though the theatre chain supposedly offered audio-description devices, it often gave blind patrons the wrong gadgets, such as devices intended for deaf people, or malfunctioning equipment."  That's a common complaint among blind movie-goers, regardless of the theater chain.  This settlement is a model for others.  "Under the two-year settlement deal, AMC will train employees how to use and set up the devices, create a step-by-step guide for them, and test the equipment weekly."  Read the story about the settlement.  (Posted May 2)

Audio Describer Training:  ADI Registration Open

Registration is now open for the twelfth Audio Describer Institute (ADI) presented in conjunction with the ACB's Convention in July in Reno, NV.  The ADI dates are July 5-7.  Read the details about ADI.  (Posted April 28)

FCC's Webinar on Consumer Help Center

On Monday, April 24, the FCC's Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau hosted a webinar about the FCC's Consumer Help Center, the online portal for filing complaints and consumer information.  The webinar covered in part how to file an informal complaint related to access for people with disabilities.  A copy of the webinar video and presentation is posted at April 24th Event.  (Updated Apr 25)

BADIE Award Winners Announced; Recordings Added

The BADIE contest (which we announced last October) asked young people who are blind or have low vision to submit short reviews of any described movie.  Here we announce the winners.  We have now added audio of the winners reading their submissions.  (Updated Apr 11)

Nominations Open for 2017 ADP Achievement Awards

Once again we solicit YOUR nominations for the individuals and organizations who represent the best contributors to audio description in six categories:

- Achievement in Audio Description – Media
- Achievement in Audio Description – Performing Arts
- Achievement in Audio Description – Museums/Visual Art/Visitor Centers
- Achievement in Audio Description – International
- Dr. Margaret Pfanstiehl Memorial Award in Audio Description – Research and Development
- Barry Levine Memorial Award for Career Achievement in Audio Description

Read the complete announcement and nomination instructions, or use our quick online nomination form, or view past winners.  Nominations are open through Friday June 2 with winners announced at the ACB Convention in July.  (Posted Apr 3)

Audio Description News

New Audio Described DVDs and Blu-ray Discs

There were three audio described DVDs released in the past two weeks (May 9 and 16):  Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, xXx: Return Of Xander Cage, and Fifty Shades Darker.

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Recent:  Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, xXx: Return Of Xander Cage, Fifty Shades Darker, A Dog's Purpose, Rings, The Red Turtle, The Resurrection of Gavin Stone, La La Land, Underworld: Blood Wars, Sleepless, Hidden Figures, Monster Trucks, The Bye Bye Man, Toni Erdmann, Office Christmas Party, Rogue One:  A Star Wars Story, A Monster Calls, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Patriot's Day, Silence, Why Him?, Assassin's Creed, Julieta, Live By Night, Sing - Special Edition, Collateral Beauty, Elle, Fences, MORE... 

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Audio Described TV Programs in the USA

What TV programs offer audio description?  Is my favorite described show returning next season?  We've got all the answers on our Audio Described Shows on TV page.  We've been tracking renewals and cancelations, and you'll find that in our listing.  (Sorry folks, but 21 of them have been canceled so far, including Bones, The Real O'Neals, and Grimm; however, no described CBS shows have been canceled.)  To get to this page via our navigation options, choose About AD on TV, then follow the link to ADP Audio Described Shows by Network.  (Posted May 18)

Netflix Releases 57 Described Titles Over 3 Weeks

From April 27 to May 17,Netflix released 57 new audio described titles, many by Disney, and including movies from the 60's through the 90's, in addition to Netflix Originals.  Check our Netflix listing for the details of their more than 385 described titles.  (Updated May 18)

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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!