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This week's (June 19-24) national tour of “School of Rock” at ASU Gammage will offer a chance to try out a new app that provides accessibility services — closed captioning and audio description — as well as translations into foreign languages. The app was also used during the recent Tony Awards broadcast. Read more about GalaPro. (Posted Jun 19)
Guerilla Opera, a Boston-based experimental opera company now in its 11th season, is launching a new outreach program to support a deeper, richer, and interactive experience for patrons with visual disabilities. One performance from each production will include guided pre-concert tactile tours of the set as well as the company's usual talk-backs with the composers and creators; Large Print program books; and Audio Guides and program book narration available for download and to stream from any mobile devices. Read the Guerilla Opera Article and/or Listen to a Sample Program Book Narration. (Posted Jun 19)
Here are the major documents associated with subjects that will be presented at our ADP Conference in St Louis from July 1-3 (see below for enrollment):
A May 2018 FCC Order and Public Notice has changed the FCC mandate for which TV networks are required to provide audio description effective July 1. The Order drops the Disney Channel and TNT and replaces them with HGTV and the Discovery Channel. In addition, networks will now be required to provide a larger number of hours of described TV (87.5 per quarter), with limited "credit" for repeats. (Posted May 29)
The NC Museum of Art's exhibit "You Are Here: Light, Color, and Sound Experiences" (now through July 22) features immersive art installations by 15 contemporary artists, including large-scale light works, sound installations, video works, mixed-media room-size environments, and site-specific projects. To make the experience accessible to visitors with visual impairment, they hired two audio describers from Raleigh's Arts Access to describe the exhibits. Podcasts of these descriptions, averaging two minutes apiece, are available for all to enjoy. Visit the You Are Here Podcasts or read the press release (PDF). We hope other museums will follow the NCMA lead and hire local describers to create audio descriptions of their own exhibits! (Updated June 5)
A recent NY Times article featured Mana Hashimoto, a blind professional dancer and choreographer, who supplements audio description of dance with a hands-on experience in her "Dance Without Sight" workshop. As she says, "touch adds another layer to verbal descriptions." Read How to Convey Dance to Those Without Sight? All Hands On! (Posted May 22)
The agenda and registration for the 2018 ADP Conference in St Louis, MO, July 1-3, is now available, along with complete registration information. As usual, we have some great sessions, including a broadcast media description update, National Parks Service update, Describer Certification discussion, and your opportunity to evaluate excerpts of audio described films. Our luncheon speaker will be Marilee Talkington, a legally blind actress who starred in a recent episode of NCIS and will also have a role in the upcoming "In The Dark" from The CW. (Updated May 15)
We're ready for you: Registration is now open for the fourteenth Audio Description Institute. It is being held in St Louis, MO, from July 4-6, right after the ADP Convention, which is being held in conjunction with the ACB Convention. The need for audio describers is growing significantly: get trained (or refreshed) in this class! Read all about the 2018 AD Institute (PDF).
If this timing or location doesn't fit your schedule, check out Audio Description Training Retreats, which is teaching a class in western North Carolina July 12-16. (Posted May 8)
Movies For the Blind (MFTB) is a weekly audio podcast of public-domain movies and TV shows with audio description added so anyone can listen to a movie like it's an audiobook or an audio drama. It was started by Valerie Hunter of Canada in 2007. You can subscribe via your favorite podcast app (like iTunes) or access via the MFTB Website. Read Valerie's article about the MFTB service and how it was started. (Posted May 1)
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Big City Greens and Big Hero 6 The Series show at various times.
Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back, Wednesdays at 9pm.
Swamp Mysteries with Troy Landry, Thursday at 9pm.
Shades of Blue, Sundays at 10pm.
(Updated Jun 19)
Actiview, a free app which supplies audio description tracks for a movie playing in a theater or on any other device, has released an eighth movie track: Incredibles 2. Previous tracks include Solo: A Star Wars Story, Megan Levy, Wonderstruck, Breathe, Coco, The Man Who Invented Christmas, and Dealt. (Updated Jun 19)
Aira provided audio description of the Royal Wedding on May 19. Note, however, that the recording begins with 23 seconds of silence, so please be patient! You may advance forwards or backwards through the description in 15-second increments by using the left or right arrow keys. (Posted May 22)
Last December, we reported on a focus group evaluating a UniDescription App at Yosemite National Park. Another group has just tested the App at Muir Woods. Sixteen ACB members from California chapters evaluated and gave overall positive reviews to the App. The project "aims to create digital audio spaces and more accessible places." The UniD app is available for both iOS and Android smart phones and contains audio description of more than 50 National Park Service brochures so far. (Posted May 15)
If you are looking for a movie or TV series with description, please consult our Master AD List. It includes all TV series on FCC-mandated networks, those in syndication with Netflix or Prime Video, plus Netflix-Original or Amazon-Original TV series. All commercial DVDs ever produced with description are also listed, plus every described movie on Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, or Netflix. There are currently over 2000 titles on our list, with nearly half of them duplicated in more than one service (which means a movie you are looking for might be on DVD, iTunes, Netflix, and/or Prime Video). It is truly the "Master List" of all AD titles available in the USA, and there is nothing like it anywhere else in the world! (Updated Jun 19)
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