by Fred Brack, Webmaster
The Audio Description Project (ADP) website is the go-to place for everything you could want to know about audio description (AD). We offer three types of information:
- Basic information about AD, like what is audio description, samples of description, where you can find AD, podcasts about AD, how you can be trained as an audio describer, and what individuals and organizations offer AD services.
- General information about each source of programming with description and specifically how you access description: at the movies, on DVD, on television, with streaming services; and where you might find description at performing arts venues, museums, parks, and tours.
- Specific video titles with audio description tracks from all sources: movies, DVD, TV, and individual streaming services. And we have a searchable master list of nearly 5,000 titles!
Of course, with COVID-19, the local movie theaters have been closed; but when they reopen, you should know that almost every first-run movie now contains an audio description track, and you need only ask at the box office for an audio description headset. See our website for tips on how to make sure you get the correct headset (not one just for folks who are hard of hearing), as well as a listing of current movies with AD.
Over 1,300 DVDs have audio description tracks, and we list them all dating as far back as 1997. Our listing gives you pointers to purchase them on Amazon if you like.
Hundreds of TV series have description tracks which are available on what is called the SAP, or Secondary Audio Programming, channel. Our website explains how to access this track, depending on whether you get your TV over the air, via a media stick, or a cable or satellite receiver. And we offer two listings of described shows: one by network, and the other by day.
There are six major streaming services (like Netflix and Prime Video) that offer thousands of audio-described titles, and we list them all for you. We expect at least two more to come on board in 2021, and we’ll be ready.
We also urge you to find out if your local theater groups offer any audio-described performances and offer help in finding them. You may also want to check our listings for theaters, museums, and tours in locations to which you travel.
So come visit us to learn how and where to find audio description. You can type in any movie or TV series name in our search field, and we’ll tell you where you can find described versions. If you have a child who has a visual impairment, note that our listings are also sortable by rating, which is helpful in finding age-appropriate programming. We are at www.adp.acb.org. Come visit!