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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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Featured Articles

Marilee Talkington Luncheon Address

Finally, we have excerpted the luncheon address by Marilee Talkington at our ADP Conference last July from an otherwise damaged conference recording.  Marilee is an actress with significant visual impairment.  She recounted for us her experience trying to break into the commercial world of acting, and we play (on the recording) an excerpt of her role in an NCIS episode last year.  Listen to the 40-minute MP3 file by clicking the link above.  (Posted Jan 18)

Audio Description in Israel

In 2018, Israel's Central Library for the Blind received the annual Audio Description Project's International award.  Later this month (January 2019), the Library will offer its first Audio Description training course.  Read about all the accomplishments the library has made in the past year regarding audio description!  (Posted Jan 15)

CVAA Accessibility Rules Now Apply to Video Games

A waiver offering video games temporary exemption from the Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 has expired, meaning that games released after the expiration date of December 31, 2018 have a set of new communication-focused rules to keep in mind to stay on the up-and-up with the Federal Communications Commission and dodge potential fines.  Read CVAA accessibility rules come into effect for games as FCC waiver expires.  (Posted Jan 9)

Inaccessible Specialty Video Websites

As a visually impaired gay man, author/journalist Belo Cipriani was excited when he "heard about GayMovie Database — a new, online database of over 1,000 TV shows, as well as short and long movies of interest to the LGBTQ community."  Unfortunately, it wasn't very accessible.  In this article, he discusses his frustration with the pervasive problem about websites ignoring accessibility upfront and the difficulties of retrofit.  Read Seeing in the Dark: Debunking digital inclusion.  (Posted Jan 9)

Audio Description Is For Sighted Folks, Too!

Roland BearneA December article in The Slate highlights how GOOD audio description can enhance ANYONE's enjoyment of a film.  In The Best Performance in A Christmas Prince Is the One You Never See On Screen, the author declares, "in the case of A Christmas Prince, the audio description serves another bonus function [beyond its intended audience], because it also happens to be the ideal A Christmas Prince––watching companion."  The author wisely reminds us, "Good audio description does not call attention to itself."  She then goes on to compliment describer Roland Bearne's audio description.  Bearne (pictured), a Brit, has been describing for almost 20 years.  (Posted Jan 1)

Celebrating 10 Years 

Happy 10th Birthday - Audio Description Project!

In January 2009, Joel Snyder and then-ACB president Chris Gray proposed the establishment of an initiative to promote and celebrate the development of audio description: the Audio Description Project (ADP). Kim Charlson led the ADP's steering committee until her "promotion" several years ago to ACB President. Since that time, Dan Spoone has ably steered the ADP toward its current vibrant level of activity with the important contributions of Dr. Joel Snyder, the Project's director, and Fred Brack, the ADP webmaster. For a review of the ADP's accomplishment over the past decade and throughout 2018, please read Our First Decade report. (Posted Dec 18)

Joe, Fred, Kim, Dan
Joel, Fred, Kim, and Dan

And Thanks Also to ...

Here's two more folks who bring contributions to this website each week. Sebastian Andrade Miles, who pours over TV listings each week to bring you our TV by Days listing; and Vicki Vogt from the Perkins School for the Blind Library, who each week compiles and circulates a detailed listing of all the described movies currently showing in theatres.  We extract them and offer her listing to you under Cinema above.  Thanks!  (Posted Jan 1)

Sebastian Andrade Miles Vicki Vogt

Audio Description News

NOTICE:  Website Updates Delayed Until February

We apologize, but there will be no website updates between January 18 and February 2.  For this reason, we will list the DVDs we know will be released with AD tracks during this period (there likely will be more, though):

New Audio Described DVDs and Blu-ray Discs

On January 15, 3 new audio described DVDs were released:  Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween, Halloween, The Old Man & the Gun.  On January 8, three new audio described DVDs were released:  Hell Fest, Mid90s, and What They Had.

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Recent DVDs:  Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween, Halloween, The Old Man & the Gun, Hell Fest, Mid90s, What They Had, Bad Times at the El Royale, Night School; and from 2018: White Boy Rick, A Simple Favor, Little Women, The House with a Clock on Its Walls, The Predator, Venom, Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero, Colette, Peppermint, Smallfoot, The Equalizer 2, Mission: Impossible - Fallout, Operation Finale The Happytime Murders, The Nun, Searching, The Little Stranger, 2001: A Space Odyssey (Re-Mastered), Blindspotting, Crazy Rich Asians, Dog Days, Kin, Pixar Short Films Collection 3, Alpha, Mile 22, more...   

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Survey of Worldwide Audio Description Activity

A year ago, the ACB's Audio Description Project joined forces with the World Blind Union to survey organizations around the world on the availability of audio description in their country.  The survey consisted of just eleven carefully chosen questions, and users from 69 countries responded.  Their final report is now available.  View the AD Survey results.  (Posted Dec 20)

Podcast Interview With Roy Samuelson

If his name is familiar to you, it's because Roy Samuelson is the voice behind the audio description of many TV shows (like NCIS, Blue Bloods, and Lethal Weapon) and movies (like First Man and Venom).  Listen to this interview by Blind Abilities.  (Posted Dec 18)

Considerations for Movie Description

In a recent podcast, blind consumer Thomas Reid questions some decisions made in describing a recent blockbuster movie, from word choice to failing to read credits to deciding who should voice the description.  He then goes on to consider something many of us have talked about before:  the concept of a preshow script to set the stage for the movie, just like many of us do today in live theatre.  Listen to:  Reid My Mind Radio - On Black Panther Audio Description - Race, Selection & Time.  You can follow Thomas on Twitter as @TSReid.  (Posted Dec 11)

Smithsonian American Art Museum
Offers Tours for Those with Visual Impairment

The Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC, offers docent-led tours for people with visual impairment each month.  Check our Museums page for a wide variety of audio described tours at museums and other exhibits and tours.  (Posted Dec 4)


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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!