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Welcome to the Audio Description Project!

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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2016 ADP Conference and AD Institute
Enrollment Now Open!

YOU ARE INVITED to attend our 2016 AD Conference and/or our tenth AD Institute (to train audio describers) in Minneapolis, MN, the week of July 3, 2016.  We have a fantastic agenda!  For more information on either the Conference or Institute, click the links above.  (Updated Apr 19)

2016 ADP Award Nominations — DEADLINE EXTENDED!

It's that time of year, time to honor an individual or organization that you respect for their work offering, enhancing, and promoting audio description.  You'll find complete nomination instructions, including an online or printable award nomination form, at our 2016 ADP Award Nominations page.  Do it now!!!  The new deadline is JUNE 3. (Updated May 24)

Netflix Further Committed to Accessibility

During the past year, Netflix has introduced 140 shows with audio description tracks.  Now, after engaging in a "structured negotiation settlement" with the ACB and others, they are even further committed to accessibility.  For example, by the end of 2016, all Netflix platforms (like iPads) should be fully accessible, including features such as searching for described shows.  Read about the Netflix settlement.  Of particular interest:  This settlement paves the way for similar negotiations with Amazon, Hulu, etc.!  (Posted Apr 19)

Facebook Introduces "Automatic Alternative Text"

Facebook has just introduced a feature called AAT, or Automatic Alternative Text, which will attempt to describe posted images to people with visual impairment who use VoiceOver on iPhones or iPads (initially).  Read about Facebook's AAT feature.  (Posted Apr 5)

Reference

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, for Kindle, and on Bookshare.  Read more details about Dr Snyder's book

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Audio Described DVDs and Blu-ray Discs

The most recent Audio Described DVDs we know about are:  How to be Single, Risen, The Finest Hours, and Zoolander No. 2: The Magnum Edition

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2016 Recent:  How to be Single, Risen, The Finest Hours, Zoolander No. 2: The Magnum Edition, Deadpool, Joy, The Choice, The 5th Wave, Krampus, Ride Along 2, Son of Saul, The Revenant, The Lady in the Van, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, Concussion, Point Break, Daddy's Home, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip, The Big Short, Brooklyn, Sisters, In the Heart of the Sea, The Peanuts Movie, Victor Frankenstein, Creed, Legend, The Night Before, Becoming Bulletproof, The Good Dinosaur, Black Mass, Steve Jobs, The 33, more ...

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Recent and Upcoming New Described TV Series

Fox premiered Coupled (dating show) on Tuesday May 17 at 9pm Eastern.  They are also describing Houdini & Doyle Mondays at 9pm.

NBC recently introduced Crowded (comedy) on Sundays at 9:30 pm and Heartbeat (medical drama) on Wednesdays at 8 pm. 

USA Network picked up the canceled series Motive (police drama) from ABC and has started the third season Fridays at 10 pm.

The History Channel is newly describing Alone Thursdays at 9pm and Top Gear Tuesdays at 9pm, along with Iron & Fire Mondays at 10 pm.  (Updated May 17)

iTunes Now Offering Described Videos

Apple's iTunes is offering OVER 200 movies with audio description tracks.  You can tell an individual movie offers description because iTunes shows an AD icon right after the CC (closed captioning) icon under the title.  You can also search in iTunes for "audio description," but don't expect the listing to be complete.  Pointer See our list of the described movies on iTunes.  Learn about all streaming service options via our new Streaming page.  (Updated May 24)

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 ...

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!