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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 Submit button. 

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Audio Description For Small Dance Companies

Dancer with ChairWhile audio description for people with visually impairment is not a wholly unknown service in the Bay Area (San Jose-based AudioVision frequently describes shows for both SHN and the Curran Theatres in San Francisco), it hasn’t much penetrated the strata of smaller and more experimental theater and dance companies.  Jess Curtis wants to change that.  Read:  Telling While Showing: New Audio Description Services from Jess Curtis/Gravity.  "Through Gravity, [Curtis] hopes to help foster a growing awareness of accessibility for all—and not just in the larger theaters.  In fact, with a grant from the Haas Foundation, Curtis' company can offer other Bay Area companies the opportunity to host audio description services at their shows for a reduced cost through the end of 2019."

Dr. Joel Snyder and Esther Geiger, a Laban Movement Analyst, went to San Francisco last year to train Jess Curtis and Gravity in audio description technique.  (Posted Aug 13)

[Photo Credit:  Meegan Hertensteiner dances in an audio-described production of Deborah Slater's Solos Lost and Found at SFIAF. (Deborah Slater)]

Edinburgh Festival: Many Performances With AD

Each August, Edinburgh, Scotland, offers five separate events as part of the Edinburgh Festival.  Most run throughout the month.  ADA Scotland provides audio description for many of the events.  For a list of described events, please see the ADA Scotland AD Listings page.  (Posted Aug 13)

Next Audio Describer Training Class

The next opportunity to be trained or refreshed as an Audio Describer comes in October.  Audio Description Training Retreats is offering two classes:  Level 1 and Level 2, on Lake James, in Nebo, NC.  For more information, visit our Education and Training page.  (Posted Aug 13)

2019 ADP Achievement Award Winners

The following award winners were announced at the ACB Convention in Rochester, NY, on July 9:

Achievement in Audio Description - Performing Arts:  Hunter Gullickson, The Guthrie Theater - Minneapolis, MN.
Special Recognition Achievement in Audio Description - Montclair State University - Montclair, NJ.
Achievement in Audio Description - Media:  Microsoft/Xbox - Seattle, WA.
Achievement in Audio Description - Visual Art / Museums / Visitor Centers:  Hannah Goodwin, Museum of Fine Arts - Boston, MA.
Achievement in Audio Description - International:  Vera Arma, ARTIS Project - Viterbo Area, Italy.
Dr. Margaret R. Pfanstiehl Memorial Achievement Award in Audio Description - Research and Development:  Dr. Brett Oppegaard, The UniDescription Project - University of Hawaii.
Barry Levine Memorial Award for Career Achievement in Audio Description:  Jon P. Skaalen - Minneapolis, MN.

Official Awards Announcement; all previous winners Honor Roll.  (Posted Jul 9)

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Feature Your Organization Here

AD Logo Patron getting AD receiver What do YOU do for audio description?  Do you provide services professionally?  Are you a non-profit which has been providing description for local theaters for years?  An independent?  A theatre or museum which provides description?  We'd like to hear from you.  Send us a write-up about your work, and we'll consider it for publication here!  Use the Webmaster link at the bottom of the page.

Audio Description News

New Audio Described DVDs and Blu-ray Discs

On August 13, 2 new audio described DVDs were released:  All is True; Avengers: End Game.  On August 6, 3 audio described DVDs were released:  Pokémon: Detective Pikachu; Poms; The Curse of La Llorona.

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Coming Next Week (Aug 20):   A Dog's Journey; Brightburn; The Hustle; The Tomorrow Man.

Recent Described DVDs:  All is True; Avengers: End Game; Pokémon: Detective Pikachu; Poms; The Curse of La Llorona; El Chicano; Long Shot; The Intruder; UglyDolls; Alita: Battle Angel; Hellboy; Missing Link; Breakthrough; Shazam!; Teen Spirit; Little; Pet Sematary 2019; The Best of Enemies; Dumbo; The Aftermath; Hotel Mumbai; Slaughterhouse Rulez; Us; Wonder Park; Captain Marvel; Captive State; Five Feet Apart; A Madea Family Funeral; Greta; How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World; Isn't It Romantic; The Upside; Never Look Away; Cold Pursuit; Fighting with My Family; Happy Death Day 2U; more...   

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Audio Description for All

Audio narrator Roy Samuelson (NCIS, Bosch, movies) has written an article entitled Did You Know Of This Way To Enjoy Movies and TV Shows?.  While he "explains" audio description, he also notes:  "While supporting the blind and low vision community is an integral part of this work, sighted audiences can also enjoy the benefits of Audio Description, particularly when commuting, cooking, giving their eyes a break from staring at a screen, or helping keep track of multiple characters."  Those of us (like your webmaster) who are spouses or partners of AD users already reap these benefits!  Enjoy the article and share it with those who could benefit. 

Update July 30:  Roy has been interviewed in yet another podcast:  Blind Abilities Super Duper Extra: Spider-Man: Far From Home is Here, And Audio Describer Roy Samuelson Spins His Own Web on Audio Description.  You'll hear excerpts of shows he's done, some not released yet, and his discussion with a fan of his work.  You may also choose to read a transcript of the Blind Abilities podcast.  You'll find other podcasts with Roy referenced in this article from our archives

Update July 30:  And here's another interesting podcast, though not with Roy:  How Do You Watch Movies If You Can’t See?.  This one is on Spotify, for which you can get a free subscription.  The producer is "The Be My Eyes Podcast."  (Updated Jul 30)

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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!