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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 Notify Me button. 

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Audio Description Roundtable

A Roundtable MeetingOn Sunday, March 29, the ADP conducted its first Audio Description Roundtable.  64 people connected via Zoom.  After brief statements by the four hosts (Kim Charlson, Carl Richardson, Joel Snyder, and Fred Brack), we opened the line to questions, and lots of good information about AD (streaming in particular) was exchanged!  You can listen to the Roundtable now, and hopefully you will join us in the future for another one.  (Posted Mar 31)

ADP Convention: Plans Have CHANGED

On March 30, the ACB Board voted to CANCEL the July in-person convention in Schaumburg, IL, due to the Coronavirus crisis, with the intent of replacing it with a virtual conference (via Zoom or other conferencing service) for some of the original programming.  Thus the ADP Convention will follow suit, and we will announce revised plans after the ADP Conference Committee meets in early April.  (Updated Mar 31)

Airline Information and Entertainment Access Act

AirplaneOn March 19, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), Ranking Member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, and his Senate Democratic colleagues introduced the Airline Information and Entertainment Access Act (S.3473).  This bill would require airline carriers to provide access to in-flight safety information, general announcements and entertainment options for people with disabilities.  Read more about S.3473.  (Posted Mar 24)

ACB Advocates for AD at the Oscars

In a letter addressing four separate topics, ACB President Dan Spoone has written to David Rubin, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (home of the Oscars).  Of special interest is our request that no picture be allowed nomination for Best Picture unless it has both an audio description track and captioning.  This was inspired by the fact that this year's award winner (Parasite) does not meet this criterion.  Other topics include the establishment of award categories related to AD and the development of AD for older films.  Read the David Rubin letter and an article referenced in it, "Oscars: audio description brings film to life for blind people, it deserves an award too." (Posted Mar 3)

Call for Nominations for the
Annual ADP Achievement Awards

Red RibbonIt's that time once again when YOU get to nominate a PERSON or ORGANIZATION that you feel has made a major contribution to audio description over time.  There are SIX nominations categories, and you can submit your nomination online or by mail.  Full instructions are contained on our Call for Nominations page.  (Posted Feb 4)

Audio Description News

Audio Described DVDs and Blu-ray Discs

2 DVDs with Audio Description were released on March 31:  Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker; The Current War.  3 DVDs with Audio Description were released on March 24:  1917; The Grudge; The Song of Names

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Next Week Apr 7:  Cats; Dolittle; Little Women.

Recent USA Described DVDs:  Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker; The Current War; 1917; The Grudge; The Song of Names; Black Christmas; Jumanji: The Next Level; Richard Jewell; Beauty and the Beast (1991); Bombshell; Charlie's Angels; Spies in Disguise; A Bug's Life; Dark Waters; Playmobil: The Movie; Queen & Slim; Wall-E; Frozen II; Knives Out; 21 Bridges; A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood; Frankie; Jojo Rabbit; Midway; Ford v Ferrari; Doctor Sleep; Greener Grass; Last Christmas; Playing With Fire; The Good Liar; The Nightingale; Underwater!; Harriet; Motherless Brooklyn; Terminator: Dark Fate; more...

USA Described DVDs:  2020 | 2019 | All Since 1997 | For Children

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Audio Description Podcasts

Listen to this recent podcast entitled Enjoying the Movies After Vision Loss with Audio Description.  Then check out our list of current first-run films with AD in local cinemas, or read all about Audio Description at the Movies.

Life After Blindness has a new podcast entitled An Audio Description Extravaganza!, covering the following: "[A conversation with] audio description narrator and voiceover artist, Roy Samuelson about the creation process and the current state of audio described content. Then ... how to turn on the audio described track within 5 of the top video streaming services. And ... the availability of audio description, accessibility and the future of AD."

See our list of additional podcasts covering Audio Description.  (Updated Mar 31)

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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!