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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 using the VisualPing website.

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Biden Inauguration With Audio Description

Biden Being Sworn InThe Inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris (Wednesday, January 20, 11 am ET); Featuring: Swearing-In Ceremony, Pass In Review, Arlington National Cemetery Wreath Laying Ceremony, Presidential Escort, Parade Across America
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Celebrating America (Wednesday, January 20 at 8:30 pm ET)
Audio Description:  (Posted Jan 21)

Bridging the Gap: Media Accessibility and AD

Respectability LogoThe Sundance Film Festival is sponsoring a panel discussion entitled “Bridging the Gap” – Media Accessibility & Audio Description.  The discussion will take place via Zoom on Sunday, January 31, at 2:30 pm Eastern time (11:30 am Pacific), and enrollment (via the link above) is free.  Moderated by Michele Spitz (Woman of Her Word voiceover artist and philanthropist), six panelists will participate.  Their titles include writer, director, head audio description writer, voiceover artist, post production manager, and AD enthusiast.  Join them!  If you can't make it, check the site later for a recording.  (Posted Jan 19)

AD Service Providers Now Categorized

Menu OptionsDue to the growth in the number of providers (now approaching 100), the AD Services page has been revised to categorize each service provider (vendor) and to allow visitors to narrow in on exactly what they are looking for by selecting the category to display.  In addition, buttons on the page now allow for simplified new submissions or updates to existing entries.  Categories include:  Writing, Voicing, Audio Engineering, Full Service (all 3 previous services), Quality Control and Consulting, Training, and Local AD Providers (e.g., local live theatre).  Existing providers may wish to verify our choice of categorization, and those not already listed are welcome to submit new listings.  (Posted Jan 19)

Deadline Extended to March 15th!
Enter the 2021 BADIE Contest

BADIE LogoTime was running out (but the deadline was just extended!) for school-age children to submit their reviews of audio described videos and potentially be rewarded with prizes.  The 2021 Benefits of Audio Description In Education (BADIE, rhymes with lady) contest is open for submissions from children aged 7 to 21.  Read about the BADIE Submission Process.  The new deadline for entries is March 15.  (Updated Jan 15)

ACB/ADP Achievement Award Nominations

Red RibbonIt's time again (the 13th time, to be exact) to nominate an individual or organization for an ADP Achievement Award.  This year the categories have been restructured a bit to allow separate nomination for individuals and organizations for Media, Performing Arts, and Museums.  Read the full nomination criteria and options for submitting a nomination at 2021 ADP Achievement Award Nominations.  You can also see previous winners in The Audio Description Honor Roll.   (Posted Jan 12)

ADP Website Year-End 2020 Report

EyeballsDuring 2020, I tried to find ways to make the ADP website more informative and usable. Here are some of the updates that occurred during the year, in no particular order, in case you missed a few:

Read the rest of the Website YE 2020 Report.  (Reposted in shortened form Jan 12)

Q&A on Audio Description With Dr. Joel Snyder

Joel SnyderADP Project Director and President of Audio Description Associates Dr. Joel Snyder was recently interviewed by Equal Entry Services, a company whose primary focus is on how people with disabilities actually use technology.  "[T]here is simply no good reason why a person with a physical disability must also be culturally disadvantaged."  Read the Q&A on Audio Description With Dr. Joel Snyder.  (Posted Dec 22)

Lost in Translation:
Audio Description Needed in Commercials!

White poodleIf you are blind, you can relate to this experience had by Sumaira Latif, Leader, Company Accessibility, Procter & Gamble, as she previewed a company commercial for the "Flash" brand :  "Everyone in the room kept laughing when it started playing, but all I could hear was the song ‘Flash’ by Queen. What I didn’t know was that it was a dog singing the song, and that the creativity and humour embedded throughout the advert was intended to make consumers smile."  Read:  Lost in translation: Why audio description must go onto the accessibility agenda; or view the Flash commercial with AD.

You may also wish to read this excellent article, ‘The voice of blind people hasn't been heard’: inside the fight for audio-described ads, which covers the same story but goes further, showing additional described advertisements and discussing the challenges associated with getting them published.  "P&G has proven its campaigning power in the UK market, American broadcasters may soon follow.  The world’s largest advertiser is now audio-describing all of its ads in the US, as well as in the UK and Spain..." 

Update We have finally found some audio described commercials and are pleased to present this new page of Commercials With Audio Description!  (Updated Dec 22)

Audio Description News

Audio Described DVDs and Blu-ray Discs

2 DVDs with Audio Description were released on January 19: Dreamland; The Climb.  3 DVDs with Audio Description were released on January 12Jungleland; Lupin III: The First; Spell.  1 DVD was released on January 5 Love and Monsters.

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Next Week January 26:  Come Play.

2021 USA Described DVDs:  Dreamland; The Climb; Jungleland; Lupin III: The First; Spell; Love and Monsters2020 Titles Right Arrow Honest Thief; Kajillionaire; Infidel; Tenet; The Wolf of Snow Hollow; Coming to America (4K); Made in Italy; The Rental; Relic; Summerland; The Broken Hearts Gallery; more...

USA Described DVDs:  2021 | 2020 | All Since 1997 | For Children

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SAP FeatureNew Audio Described TV Shows

Call Your Mother, Wednesdays at 10:30pm ; Celebrity Wheel of Fortune, Thursdays at 8pm; The Chase, Thursdays at 9pm; The Hustler Thursdays at 10pm.  Updated Jan 15

Fox Name That Tune, Mondays at 9pm; Call Me Kat Thursdays at 9pm; The Great North coming Feb 14th.   Updated Jan 12

HGTV Help! I Wrecked My House, Thursdays at 10am; Ty Breaker, various times.  New Jan 12

NBC Mr. Mayor, Thursdays at 8pm; Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist, Tuesdays at 8pm.  New Jan 12

TBS The Go-Big Show, Thursdays at 9pm (also on TBS). New  Jan 12

View:  TV Shows by Network or TV Shows by Day.

Google Play Store Audio Described Titles

Google Play LogoGoogle appears to offer audio described titles for sale or rent in their Google Play Store.  They seem to have 26 movies, and possibly 23 TV series (but beware the "More Movie Results" heading on the same page).  Once we figure out a way to get a regularly updated listing, we will formally list them on our site.  For now, you can click our Other Media link in the navigation bar where you will find a link to Google's listing.  Basically, you go to the Google Play Store, select "Movies & TV," then search for "audio description."  Or just click here for Google Play Store AD titles!  (Posted Jan 19)

Audio Description for Horror Films

NosferatuIf you like horror films, you may be interested in joining a new Facebook group:  Audio Description Horror Films.  The founder, Jaye Adams, is an "upcoming independent horror filmmaker" who pledges his films will be "inclusive of AD"; and he will use the FB group "to collaboratively help shape these films."  He urges sharing of information about the best described horror films, including comments about description quality. 

By the way, we track described films by genre for several streaming services.  If you are interested in the horror genre, check out our iTunes list, Netflix list, and Prime Video list.  (Posted Jan 15)

The Mandalorian’s Audio Description is Truly “The Way"

The MandalorianIf you are a fan of Disney's The Mandalorian, then you will "get" the title of this article.  The audio description of The Mandalorian has received a lot of praise from viewers, and this article goes into detail as to why.  "First of all, the descriptive language they use is impressive ... clear, concise, and graceful as if the words came from a book." 

While the language is the choice of the audio description writer, how that language is expressed verbally is equally important.  "[Nicole] Zanzarella’s voice fits perfectly into the show. She is never hard to understand, and the narration is entirely seamless. She also does a great job of not filling every moment of silence with narration. Instead, she gives the audience enough time to enjoy the fantastic soundtrack that accompanies the space western."  Read The Mandalorian article!  (Posted Dec 18)

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.

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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 has come from the American Council of the Blind's Audio Description Project since 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: 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!