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The publication is adapted from
Joel Snyder's dissertation for his PhD from the Center for Accessibility
and Ambient Intelligence at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona in
Dr. Snyder is the President of
Audio Description Associates, LLC, and Director of ACB's Audio
Description Project; he began work in audio description with Margaret
and Cody Pfanstiehl in 1981 and has trained describers/introduced
description throughout the United States and in
more than 35 countries.
From the book:
"Audio Description (AD) makes
the visual images of theater, media and visual art accessible for people
who are blind or have low vision. Using words that are succinct,
vivid, and imaginative (via the use of similes or comparisons),
describers convey the visual image that is either inaccessible or only
partially accessible to a segment of the population.
"In addition, the visual image
is often not fully realized by people who see, but who may not observe.
Description may also benefit people who prefer to acquire information
primarily by auditory means and those who are limited-by proximity or
technology, for instance-to accessing audio of an event or production.
While description was developed for people who are blind or visually
impaired, many others may also benefit from description's concise,
objective 'translation' of the key visual components of various art
genres and social settings."
Read what people
are saying about
Joel Snyder and
Audio Description Training:
"I had the great pleasure to
work with Joel Snyder as a special consultant during a three-day
training session. We share common values: a commitment to the highest
quality in audio description, the most effective ways to develop that
level of expertise, and the belief that the involvement of audio
description consumers is key. Joel's longevity and breadth of experience
with audio description is unparalleled; his trainees reap the
considerable benefits of his substantial background."
President, Audio Eyes, Inc., Los Angeles, California
"Joel Snyder's training
provided new insight into a research area which has now become an
important area of study throughout Europe. His experience and his
wisdom, along his with generosity, are a major driving force in the
field of audio description and an inspiration to us all."
-Dr. Pilar Orero,
PhD Coordinator, Center for Accessibility and Ambient Intelligence,
Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Barcelona
"Joel provided audio
description training for our local theater, and it was amazing to
observe how much the confidence and the ability of the trainees
constantly improved throughout the weekend. Just when I thought I was
receiving as much description as possible, the trainees would try again,
and their work would be much improved."
Mississippi Public Broadcasting, New Stage Theatre, Jackson, Mississippi
"For decades, Joel Snyder has
combined his astonishing command of language with his keen attention to
detail to create word pictures that stir the mind's eye, especially for
patrons of the arts whose physical eyes cannot see. Still, they see
imaginatively, exquisitely. Making the visual verbal" truly enlivens the
arts! And Joel has been a pioneer in doing so. His gift for making
performances accessible and his leadership in audio description
conferences we coordinated were highlights of my tenure at the Kennedy
Center. His book has been long-awaited and no doubt will become the
standard for prospective audio describers around the world."
Founding Director of Accessibility, the John F. Kennedy Center for the
Performing Arts, Washington, DC
"Studying audio description
with Joel Snyder is an experience that goes much beyond learning the
standards of visual translation. He demonstrates how description can
empower people who are blind to exercise their interest in the arts and
media. Dr. Snyder does not only teach the standards of audio
description; he teaches that audio describing is an act of respect for
people with disabilities. Learning audio description with Joel Snyder is
learning how to make words paint images in the minds of
audio description consumers."
Lima, Professor, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil
"Prior to our third annual
disability film festival in 2006, we invited Joel Snyder to Moscow to
prepare local audio describers for our festival. Audio description was
still unheard of in Moscow and was not being provided at all. Joel
introduced AD to Russians by way of an interactive training that not
only introduced the concept of AD in detail but gave each participant
the opportunity to practice describing films. Later, half of the group
successfully audio described films at our festival. Today, AD is still
slowly developing as a service in Russia, but for those of us who
participated in that first training, audio description has become a
significant service that we will continue to promote."
Director, Perspektiva-Best Buddies, Moscow, Russia
"I am grateful to Dr. Snyder
for sharing with the Hong Kong arts community the fundamentals of audio
description-observation, editing, language and vocal skills and most
importantly: passion. We learned how "the visual is made verbal" to
increase access to the arts, a concept in line with our own commitment
that the "arts are for everyone." Dr. Snyder has sown the seeds for a
thriving audio description scene
in Hong Kong!"
Chairperson, Arts with the Disabled Association, Hong Kong (VSA Hong
"When Joel Snyder came to
Iceland in 2009, there was no knowledge of audio description in the
country and no qualified audio describers. But as a result of Dr.
Snyder's work, there is now both knowledge and selection of audio
describers available that can produce audio description in Icelandic."
Einarsson, Chairman, Blindrafelagid, Icelandic Organization of the
Visually Impaired (BIOVI), Reykjavik, Iceland
"When we hosted Joel Snyder in
South Africa, he mesmerized the participants with his lively
facilitation style and his expertise in audio description. In
introducing audio description in Durban, Johannesburg, and Cape Town, he
opened our world to unlimited possibilities!"
Durban, South Africa
"It was my great pleasure to be
a part of Joel Snyder's comprehensive Audio Description Institute, an
audio description training program sponsored by the American Council of
the Blind. I especially appreciated his focus and understanding of the
needs of audio description users: people who are blind or partially
sighted. His book includes this focus as well as a thorough grounding in
the fundamentals of audio description; I know it will be an invaluable
asset for the study of audio description."
Digital Media and Culture Development Officer, Royal National Institute
for Blind People, London, England