More News from the Audio Description Project

Fifth Annual Young Described Film Critic Contest

Young people with a visual impairment have a chance to win prizes for themselves AND recognition for their schools.  And a chance to hold the awesome title: Young Described Film Critic of the Year!  All you need to do for a chance to win is to write, type or record your own film review of any described movie.  The top nominees in three age categories will be invited to an awards ceremony at the American Council of the Blind 2013 convention in Columbus, Ohio during the week of July 7.  The deadline for entries is Friday, June 7, 2013.  For more information, and to enter on-line, visit Or you can send a written entry in regular, large print or braille, via e-mail or postal mail to: ACB-Young Described Film Critic, 2200 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 650, Arlington, VA 22201; e-mail, or phone (202) 467-5083.

Call for Nominations for the Fifth Annual ADP Awards-2013

This year's ADP Awards include a call for nominations in six categories:

  • Achievement in Audio Description – Media
  • Achievement in Audio Description – Performing Arts
  • Achievement in Audio Description – Museums
  • Achievement in Audio Description – International
  • Dr. Margaret Pfanstiehl Memorial Achievement Award in Audio Description – Research and Development
  • Barry Levine Memorial Award for Career Achievement in Audio Description

 The call for nominations ends June 15, 2013, with winners announced during a plenary session of the ACB conference and convention in July in Columbus, Ohio.
Nomination material, criteria and more information are available at

Fifth Annual Audio Description Institute

The signing of the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act has spawned a virtual cottage industry for the development of description for broadcast television.  You can be a part of it, working as a describer, or, if you're an avid description consumer, work is available as a consultant on the scripting for museum tours, media and for the performing arts.
The interactive sessions (limited use of lecture, questions/discussion throughout, generous use of media, and individual and group writing exercises) are designed to provide immediate feedback and give and take, allowing for adaptation according to a sense of participants' grasp of the material.                                                            
This three-day intensive program will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 and conclude at 4 p.m. on Friday, July 12, 2013.   
Participation is strictly limited.  The institute will issue certificates to all successful participants confirming completion of this professional description training program.         
You can apply in June with your on-line registration for the ACB conference and convention.  For more information, contact Joel Snyder at, or phone (202) 467-5083 or (301) 920-0218.