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Audio Description Institute 2017, Alexandria VA

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The American Council of the Blind's Audio Description Project Announces Its Eleventh 

 AUDIO DESCRIPTION INSTITUTE

February 25-27, 2017

(Saturday through Monday)

In Conjunction with ACB's 2017

Presidents' Meeting (ACB Affiliate Presidents)

Crowne Plaza Old Town Alexandria (Virginia)

 

Third time in the Washington, DC area!

 Audio Description (AD) makes visual images accessible for people who are blind or have low vision.  Using words that are succinct, vivid, and imaginative, media describers convey the visual image from television and film that is not fully accessible to a significant segment of the population (more than 21 million Americans experience significant vision loss).

 The implementation of the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act has spawned a virtual cottage industry for the development of description for broadcast television.

BE A PART OF IT!

Who Should Attend

- Anyone interested in:

- working as freelance description writers for broadcast television

- working as a describer in a local performing arts program

- working as a describer for visual art exhibitions

and

- Experienced audio describers desiring an updated refresher course.

 NOTE:  freelance writers for broadcast television projects can often be based anywhere in the world--computer equipment capable of accommodating high-speed downloads is a must.

Topics Include--
1) audio description history and theory 
2) the "Four Fundamentals of Audio Description" ©

3) active seeing/visual literacy-developing skills in concentration and observation
4) the art of "editing" what you see
5) vivid language: "The Visual Made Verbal"™ 

6) "Speak the speech, I pray you"--using the spoken word to make meaning   

 Program

- Three full days of intensive, interactive training;

- A Monday luncheon will be provided;

- Each registrant will receive a copy of Dr. Joel Snyder's ACB-published The Visual Made Verbal:  A Comprehensive Training Manual and Guide to the History and Applications

of Audio Description.

The interactive sessions (limited use of lecture, questions/discussion throughout, generous use of media, and individual and group writing exercises) are designed to provide immediate feedback and "give and take," allowing for adaptation according to a sense of participants' grasp of the material.  In addition, experienced users of description are a part of the Institute's faculty, providing an important perspective throughout the sessions. 

 This Institute will begin at 9:00 am on Saturday, February 25, 2017 and conclude at 4:00 pm on

Monday, February 27, 2017 

(detailed agenda below).   

 Participation is strictly limited.  The Institute will issue ACB-sponsored certificates to all successful 

participants confirming completion of this 

professional description training program.          

 Institute Director/Staff

Joel Snyder, Ph.D.-- One of the first audio describers, Dr. Snyder began describing theater events and media in 1981; he is the President of Audio Description Associates with clients around the world (see www.audiodescribe.com for more information) and Director of ACB's Audio Description Project.  For six years, he led a staff that produced description for nationally broadcast films and network series including  "Sesame Street" broadcasts and DVDs.  Snyder has worked with description and trained describers in more than 40 states and the District of Columbia and he has taught description in over 50 countries. 

 Andrea Garbelotti, JD -- Ms. Garbelotti is a top audio describer and trainer of audio describers in Brazil and throughout South America.  She also specializes in the translation of audio description--

Portuguese-English-Portuguese.

 In addition, DC-area audio description consumer consultants (audio description enthusiasts who are blind or have low vision) will offer their perspectives.

 Tuition - $495.00 - credit card payment accepted by secure on-line registration

 Lodging

 Crowne Plaza Old Town Alexandria

901 N. Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA  22314

(703) 683-6000 or website

 Room rates will be $109.00 per night for singles and doubles plus state and local taxes (total-$125.81).  Parking is $20 per day.  Reservations can be made by telephone at 877 317-5752.  Be sure to let the customer service representative know that you are with ACB.  Or you can reserve a room on-line by clicking here.

 To Register

Visit:  

2017 DC-Based Audio Description Institute

The number of participants we can accept is limited--

so please register on-line and soon to avoid being left out.

   Contact  Joel Snyder at jsnyder@acb.org -- 202 467-5083

with any questions -- see you in Washington, DC!

 JOEL SNYDER 

Director, Audio Description Project

American Council of the Blind

jsnyder@acb.org -- 202 467-5083

www.acb.org/adp 

 President, Audio Description Associates, LLC  

"The Visual Made Verbal"  ™

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™  ADA logo--an eye within an ear

6502 Westmoreland Avenue, Takoma Park, MD  20912

jsnyder@audiodescribe.com -- 301 920-0218

Cell:  301 452-1898  --  Fax: 208 445-0079

 For more information about audio description, please visit:

www.audiodescribe.com  

 AGENDA

2017 ACB-Audio Description Project

AUDIO DESCRIPTION INSTITUTE

Crowne Plaza Old Town Alexandria - Alexandria, Virginia

February 25-27, 2017

 DAY I - Saturday, February 25, 2017   9:00 am - 5:00 pm 

*  9:00 am-9:30 am:  Introductions

 *  9:30 am-11:00 am:  Opening Workshop

- The Visually Impaired User

- Audio Description History and Theory

- Overview of Fundamentals of Audio Description

 - Concentration / Observation

- Editing What You See

 Language 

- Vocal Skills:  Speech and

Oral Interpretation Fundamentals

 * 11:00 am - 11:15 am:  break

* 11:15 am-12:30 am:

- Opening Workshop (continued)

* 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm  - Lunch on your own

* 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm:

- Opening Workshop (continued)

* 3:30 pm - 3:45 pm: break

* 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm:

- Audio Description exercises

- Viewing / analysis of audio described excerpts

DAY II - Sunday, February 26, 2017   9:00 am - 5:00 pm

*  9:00 am-11:00 am: 

- Viewing / analysis of audio described excerpts

- Audio Description practicum--Individual description sessions 

with selected video scenes

* 11:00 am - 11:15 am:  break

* 11:15 am-12:30 pm:

- Viewing / analysis of audio described excerpts

- Audio Description practicum--Individual description sessions 

with selected video scenes

 * 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm  - Lunch on your own

* 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

- Viewing / analysis of audio described excerpts

- Audio Description practicum--Individual description sessions 

with selected video scenes

* 3:30 pm - 3:45 pm:  break

* 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm:

- Viewing / analysis of audio described excerpts

- Audio Description practicum--Individual description sessions 

with selected video scenes

  DAY III - Monday, February 27, 2017  9:00 am-4:00 pm

* 9:00 am - 10:45 am: 

- Audio Description practicum--Individual description sessions 

with selected video scenes

* 10:45 am - 11:00 am:  break

* 11:00 am - 12:30 pm:

- The Mechanics of Audio Description

- Audio Description Writing Software

- Audio Description Producers--

How to Get Work 

As A Describer

* 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm - INSTITUTE LUNCHEON

* 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm:

- Audio Description practicum--Individual description sessions 

with selected video scenes

 * Audio Description in the U.S. and around the world 

* Review / Discussion 

Graduation!