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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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Captivating CoverThe A-List Celebrity of the Blind & Visually Impaired Community

That's the title of the lead article in the December 2019 issue of "Captivating" Magazine, whose motto is "Inclusion is Limitless."  And who is this person they are writing about?  Why it's Roy Samuelson, master audio narrator and friend of the Audio Description Project.  You can view/listen to the interview or read the transcript, where you will learn how his interest in and later career in audio description narration started at a ride in Disney World.  (Posted Dec 10)

Facebook "Birthday Fundraiser" Yields Over $600 to Support the ADP!

Well-known audio narrator (the voice you hear providing audio description for TV and movies) Roy Samuelson began a "Birthday Fundraiser" on Facebook last September. The simple announcement encouraged friends to make a donation to the ACB in honor of his birthday, and all funds collected were sent by Facebook to the ACB to be used to support this project (ADP).  Way to go, Roy and friends!  If you have a lot of Facebook friends, maybe you could do the same!  Visit this Facebook page to setup a Birthday Fundraiser for the ADP, then drop us a note so we can follow-up.  (Posted Dec 3)

Roy's Birthday Fundraiser

All Things Audio Description Podcast

ACB RadioOn this episode of the ACB Advocacy Update podcast, Claire and Clark discuss all things audio description with Dr. Joel Snyder and Carl Richardson. They highlight the great work of the Audio Description Project, including the Benefits of Audio Description in Education Contest, as well as the 16th Audio Description Institute, and the rapidly evolving landscape of streaming services providing accessible user interfaces and audio described programming.  Listen to the podcast.  (Posted Dec 3)

Audio Description Training at ADI

ADI LogoOnce again the Audio Description Project's Audio Description Institute will be providing training for persons wishing to learn how to become an audio describer or to refresh skills.  The dates are February 22-24 in Alexandria, Virginia.  Registration is now open.  Read the ADI Brochure.  (Updated Dec 3)

Cord Cutting With AD in Mind

Cord CuttingWith cable and satellite TV costs rising, many customers (1.7 million in 3Q19) are investigating cord cutting, looking for lower-cost alternatives.  This becomes even more important as the streaming wars heat up, with additional fees for their services.  But what is a person to do if they depend upon that good old SAP channel for audio description?  Your webmaster faced this decision and investigated many options.  You can read his report of how to approach the problem, what solutions are out there, and what he finally decided upon, with a complete review of that service on our new page, Cord-Cutting Options Supporting Audio Description.  We hope to keep expanding this page as we get other users' success stories -- and we have one already for The Channels App.  Send your feedback to the webmaster.  (Updated Nov 12)

Lots of Updates to Our Streaming AD Page

Recently we have made many updates to our page dedicated to which streaming services offer audio description.  We added Apple TV+ and Disney+ details of course, but we also added information about Apps like Channels and Philo.  If an App (like Philo) interests you but doesn't support Audio Description (it doesn't), then please take the time to write their Customer Service folks and ask for it!  Tell them you would be a subscriber if they added it.  Take a look at our Streaming AD page!  (Posted Dec 10)

Audio Description News

New Audio Described DVDs and Blu-ray Discs

The following DVDs were released with Audio Description tracks on December 10:  Hustlers; It Chapter Two; Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood.  The following DVDs were released on December 3 with Audio Description tracks:  Ready or Not; The Goldfinch.

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Confirmed for Next Week (Dec 17):  Abominable; Downton Abbey; Overcomer; Where's My Roy Cohn; and probably Ad Astra and Rambo: Last Blood.

Recent Described DVDs:  Hustlers; It Chapter Two; Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood; Ready or Not; The Goldfinch; Angel Has Fallen; Lives Well Lived; Official Secrets; Blinded by the Light; Dora and the Lost City of Gold; 47 Meters Down: Uncaged; After the Wedding; Brian Banks; Good Boys; The Angry Birds Movie 2; Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw; Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark; The Art of Racing in the Rain; The Kitchen; Luce; The Lion King; Crawl; Stuber; The Art of Self-Defense; Annabelle Comes Home; Toy Story 4; The Wedding Guest; Maiden; Spider-Man: Far From Home; more...   

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Over 250 Disney+ Described Titles Added

Disney+ LogoEarlier in December we released the first official list of audio described titles on the new Disney+ streaming service in the USA.  Since then we have added more titles, and we are up to 286 as of today.  All Disney+ Originals include description, and we are completing our list of Originals and TV Series now.  But the basic list of titles is there, and it is extensive!  As a reminder, some Disney titles are under exclusive contract to other streaming services as far out as late 2021 and are not included yet.  We are able to list those titles appearing in the next 30 days however, and you will find trailers for future titles, many with description, on the service.  (Updated Dec 10)

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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!