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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 using the VisualPing website.

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All ADP Conference Audio/Video Now Available

We have obtained the last of the July ADP Virtual Conference audios and videos.  Visit our Conferences page to access them.  (Posted Sep 22)

Describing Diversity in Theatre

The subject of how to describe diversity (for example, actor's races) in theatre has become a topic of great interest in the past year or two.  VocalEyes UK has just published the results of a project started in mid-2019 involving both users and providers of audio description, as well as theatre professionals.  The results of an online survey, interviews, and workshops were used to prepare the report.  In addition to the report, links to additional resources are provided at the Describing Diversity Report website.  (Posted Sep 22)

Flight Paths in JapaneseFlight Paths - a New Way of Storytelling

There's a new online partially animated production called Flight Paths which integrates audio description with the main audio of the video.  "Take a journey with old and contemporary tales of blind visually impaired travelling artists, inspired by the Goze - blind female performers of Japan.  Combining animation, aerial movement and creative audio description, witness stories of travel, blindness and migration through interactive navigation."  Take off now with Flight Paths!  (Posted Sep 15)

New Site Feature:  Find Described Video

Find a Video LogoWant to know if a favorite movie or TV series is audio described?  Instead of searching manually through the Master AD List, you can now simply type the title (or part of a title) in the box at this top of this page (or a similar box on the Master AD List page) to find out.  Give it a try!  The only caveat for use is that if you type more than one word, they must be in the proper order (e.g., "potter deathly" will not find "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," but "harry potter", "deathly hallows", or even just "potter" or "deathly" will work).  This option has been added to the mobile device Menu also.

New  You can now also check all media AD counts.

New  Our official Find a Described Video Press Release!  (Updated Sep 15)

Audio Description News

Audio Described DVDs and Blu-ray Discs

No DVDs with Audio Description have been released since September 1, when Irresistible was released.  2 DVDs with Audio Description were released on August 25:  The Burnt Orange Heresy; The King of Staten Island.  The low count is due to cinema closures.  Unknown/Possible:  Babyteeth; How to Build a Girl; Swallow; The Other Lamb; The Trip to Greece; The Wretched.  Let us know!

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Next Week Sep 29:  None known.

Recent USA Described DVDs:  Irresistible; The Burnt Orange Heresy; The King of Staten Island; Emperor; Military Wives; The High Note; Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan - Season Two; Resistance; SCOOB!; Body Cam; Trolls World Tour; Out of My Head; The Hunt; The Invisible Man; Downhill; Emma; Onward; Sonic The Hedgehog; The Way Back; Birds of Prey; Blumhouse's Fantasy Island; Call of the Wild; The Photograph; The Traitor; Bloodshot; Gretel & Hansel; Ordinary Love; I Still Believe; The Rhythm Section; Bad Boys For Life; Like a Boss; Looking for Alaska: Season 1; more...

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

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Podcasts on Audio Description

Podcast IconWe know of three recent podcasts regarding audio description of movies.

  1. Audio Descriptions in Movies for the Blind, interviewing ADP Project Director Dr. Joel Snyder, from Newstalk in Ireland.
  2. The Importance Of Audio Description For Subtitled Movies, interviewing Denise Decker, Chair of the ADP's Performing Arts, Museums, and Parks Committee.
  3. Advocates For Deaf And Blind Laud Netflix's New Playback Features, interviewing Everette Bacon from the NFB.
  4. And don't miss the archive of All Things Audio Description from ACB Radio's August 16th Sunday Edition With Anthony.  It features Roy Samuelson and five other people involved in audio description.  As the ACB Radio site is being worked on, we point to a temporary file you can access to listen.

Want more?  Visit our Podcasts page for recurring series and individual podcasts.  (Posted Aug 25)

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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 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: 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 libraries.  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!