The Elf on the Shelf® and Elf Pets® have fast become holiday mainstays, appearing in a wide variety of popular books, toys, and videos, and loved by children of all ages all around the world. Audio description is an added soundtrack that describes visual images for the benefit of people who are blind or have low vision.
Once again, the American Council of the Blind (ACB), VITAC, and The Lumistella Company are proud to offer a special radio broadcast of the animated holiday special, “Elf Pets: A Fox Cub’s Christmas Tale,” on ACB Media to make holiday cheer more widely available to all this season. On December 23 this holiday program will also feature a special audio-described production of Rory Hoffman’s “The Twelve Days of Christmas”, a visit from Santa himself, and live phone calls from kids. The program will close with a historic airing of an audio-described version of the 2015 White House holiday greeting including a tour of The White House at Christmas time.
“The holidays are a wonderful time for gathering with family,” said Dan Spoone, president of the American Council of the Blind. “And even if you can’t be together physically, we can all join each other in our respective homes and listen to the sounds of the season. We’re grateful to the creators of The Elf on the Shelf® series, musician Rory Hoffman, and VITAC for the chance to share audio-described versions of classic holiday entertainment. And Santa will be with us, too! What could be better?”
Audio description makes video programming more accessible by inserting voiced descriptions of a television program’s key visual elements during natural pauses in the program’s dialogue, ensuring that individuals who are blind or with low vision can better understand and appreciate a program. For television, the description track can be found on a secondary audio channel available on most TV sets and accessible through the television’s onscreen menu.
The audio described broadcast of “Elf Pets: A Fox Cub’s Christmas Tale” opens with a narration of the credits and description of the background imagery: “Scout Elf Productions Presents… a blue sky with light snow and white clouds…in text: “Elf Pets, a Fox Cub’s Christmas Tale”…a snowy owl swoops by...”
“Santa cares about all children and hopes they share a sense of connection to the North Pole and its magic,” said Chanda Bell, The Lumistella Company co-CEO and Santa’s chief storyteller. “As Santa’s partners, we are grateful to collaborate with these trusted organizations to expand access to our animated stories.”
How to tune in:
- Starting at 3PM ET on December 23, 2021 ACB presents “Elf Pets: A Fox Cub’s Christmas Tale”, the program will also feature musician Rory Hoffman, who is blind, playing “The Twelve Days of Christmas” on 12 different instruments, a visit from Santa, calls from kids, and an audio-described version of the 2015 White House holiday greeting video featuring a tour of The White House at Christmas time.
- ACB Media is a non-profit, internet-based, audio-only live stream. Listen on ACB Media 4 at http://acbmedia.org/4 or ask your Amazon device to “Open ACB Media 4.”
- You can also listen to ACB Media via telephone by calling (518) 906-1820 and selecting number 4 for the ACB Media 4
The American Council of the Blind is a national member-driven consumer organization representing Americans who are blind and visually impaired. During the organization’s 60-year history, ACB has become a leader in national, state, local, and even international advocacy efforts. With 68 affiliates, ACB strives to increase independence, security, equality of opportunity, and to improve the quality of life for all people who are blind and visually impaired.
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