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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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Christopher RobinActiview Is On a Roll!

Actiview, a free app which supplies audio description tracks for a movie playing in a theater or on any other device, has announced three movies this month:  Pick of the Litter (limited release coming Aug 31), Far From the Tree (limited release), and (Disney's) Christopher Robin.  Previous tracks include Antman and the Wasp, Incredibles 2, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Megan Levy, Wonderstruck, Breathe, Coco, The Man Who Invented Christmas, and Dealt.  (Updated Aug 21)

ACB Pushes FCC on TV AD Listings

At the July 2018 ACB Conference, the membership voted on 23 proposed Resolutions, one of which was entitled TV Listings.  The resolution urged the FCC to "to exercise all appropriate authority to require the broadcast and non-broadcast networks to establish and/or join an automated digital listing of all available audio-described programming; and ... monitor such listings on an ongoing basis for quality assurance ..."  (Posted Aug 14)

Tactile Comic Strips

The Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, CA, recently contracted the LightHouse MAD Lab to create a tactile version of one of the original Peanuts comic strips.  While the work can be viewed on request at any time, there will be a special Accessible Tour Day on September 23 at 11:30am which emphasizes tactile objects.  For information, contact monica@schulzmuseum.orgIf you are a museum looking for tactile displays, please contact the MAD Lab.  (Posted Aug 14)

Gaming Video Audio Described

Many people who are visually impaired also like to participate in video games.  While we have no experience with or knowledge of accessible games, we found this video of "Fortnite" very interesting because the owner audio describes what he is doing in the portions of the game he shows.  Very interesting and worth a look!  Fortnite Video.  (Posted Aug 14)

Next Audio Describer Training Class

The next opportunity to be trained as an audio describer will come on October 18th in western North Carolina with an all-inclusive price for transportation from the airport and lakeside accommodations.  Visit the Audio Description Training Retreats website for details.  (Posted Aug 7)

Mandated TV AD Changes July 1

A May 2018 FCC Order and Public Notice changed the FCC mandate for which TV networks are required to provide audio description effective July 1.  The Order drops the Disney Channel and TNT and replaces them with HGTV and Discovery.  In addition, networks will now be required to provide a larger number of hours of described TV (87.5 per quarter), with limited "credit" for repeats.  Both HGTV and Discovery have now published a schedule of described programming, and their shows have also been added to our Master AD List.  (Updated August 7)

2018 ADP Conference

What a wonderful ADP Conference we had in St. Louis!  We had great panels and individual speakers, highlighted by our luncheon speaker, actress Marilee Talkington, who fascinated us with her story of the difficulty of becoming a recognized actress with a disability.  (She is one of only four visually impaired actors/actresses.)  Her performance in the 350th episode of NCIS was played one evening, along with the movie "Dealt," the story of Richard Turner, a master "card manipulator" (magician) who hated being introduced as blind. 

We invite you to visit our 2018 Conference Page, where you will find a slideshow plus pointers to handouts.  We hope to add audio files soon.  See also 2018 ADP Achievement Awards.  (Updated July 4)

Audio Description News

New Audio Described DVDs and Blu-ray Discs

On August 21, there were four DVDs released with audio description:  Action Point, Deadpool 2, God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness, Show Dogs.  On August 14, there was one audio described DVD released:  Avengers: Infinity War.

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Recent DVDs:  Action Point, Deadpool 2, God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness, Show Dogs, Avengers: Infinity War, Breaking In, Life of the Party, The Rider, Final Portrait, Overboard, The Miracle Season, Ready Player One, I Feel Pretty, Isle of Dogs, Rampage, Super Troopers 2, Traffik, A Quiet Place7 Days in Entebbe; Beirut; Blockers; Tyler Perry's Acrimony; Pacific Rim Uprising; Paul, Apostle of Christ; The Death of Stalin, Unsane, Love, Simon; Loveless; Sherlock Gnomes; The Strangers: Prey at Night; Tomb Raider 2018; more...   

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Recent Audio Described USA TV Programs

ABC New  SPECIAL:  The Story of the Royals, a two-night, four-hour primetime television event documenting the fascinating lives of the British royal family begins WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 22 9|8c.  Previous:  Castaways, Tuesdays at 10pm; and CMA Fest Wednesdays at 8pm.

Discovery Alaskan Bush People, BattleBots, Cooper's Treasure, Deadliest Catch, Diesel Brothers, Expedition Unknown, Hard to Kill, Mad Dog Made, Misfit Garage, Naked and Afraid, Treasure Quest, Ultimate Ninja Challenge.  NOTE:  Since Discovery is newly offering audio description and repeats often, not all episodes of the previously listed shows will be described.  See the new Discovery AD Schedule[We have urged them to keep this up to date!  Write them if it is not.]

HGTV Beachfront Bargain Hunt, Caribbean LifeNOTE:  Since HGTV is newly offering audio description and repeats often, not all episodes of the previously listed shows will be described.  See the new HGTV AD Schedule.    [We have urged them to keep this up to date!  Write them if it is not.]  (Updated Aug 14)


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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!