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2018 ACB/ADP Achievement Award Nominations

 

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The American Council of the Blind's 

Audio Description Project

Announces Call for Nominations for the

Tenth Annual ADP Awards-2018

 

The Audio Description Project (ADP) is a wide-ranging audio description promotion and production initiative with goals that include-

 

- building advocacy on behalf of audio description;

- offering a range of educational resources and working to establish nationally acknowledged user-focused guidelines for quality description in its various genres as well as a professionally recognized certification program for audio describers;

- encouraging growth of audio description with an emphasis on the involvement of AD users/consumers, especially youth;

- disseminating information on audio description and provide general support for regional, state, and local forums;

- encouraging studies on audio description particularly with respect to its efficacy as a technique for conveying visual images and its impact on literacy for children and others.

 

One part of the project involves the recognition of outstanding contributions to the field of audio description. 

 

Application Categories

 

This year's ADP Awards include a call for nominations in six categories:

 

- Achievement in Audio Description - Media

- Achievement in Audio Description - Performing Arts

- Achievement in Audio Description - Museums/Visual Art/Visitor Centers

- Achievement in Audio Description - International

- Dr. Margaret Pfanstiehl Memorial Award in Audio Description - Research and Development

- Barry Levine Memorial Award for Career Achievement in Audio Description

 

The call for nominations ends on Friday, June 8, 2018, with winners announced during a plenary session of the American Council of the Blind Conference and Convention and at the Audio Description Project Conference, July 2018 in St. Louis, MO. 

 

Nomination material, criteria and more information follows and is also available (after April 15) at:  www.acb.org/adp

 

 

The Awards and Criteria for Selection of Recipients

 

- Achievement in Audio Description - Media

- Achievement in Audio Description - Performing Arts

- Achievement in Audio Description - Museums/Visual Art/Visitor Centers

- Achievement in Audio Description - International

- Dr. Margaret Pfanstiehl Memorial Award in Audio Description - Research and Development

- Barry Levine Memorial Award for Career Achievement in Audio Description

 

The Achievement Awards are made to individuals and/or organizations for outstanding contributions to the establishment and/or continued development of significant audio description programs in each of three areas:  media, performing arts, and museums.  The Dr. Margaret Pfanstiehl Memorial Award for Research and Development is made to an individual or organization for outstanding research that leads to the advance of audio description. 

With the exception of the International Achievement Award and the Dr. Margaret Pfanstiehl Memorial Award for Research and Development only US-based organizations or individuals are eligible.

 

The Barry Levine Memorial Award for Career Achievement in Audio Description has been established as a tribute to the late Barry Levine, the highly-respected moderator of the Audio Description listserve, administered by the American Council of the Blind (ACB).  Barry was not only an avid description user in both media and performing arts; he served so many others as the President of Audio Description International.  He was a trusted friend and valued mentor; when he passed away suddenly in May 2009, the nation lost a forceful and impressive advocate for audio description.

The Barry Levine Memorial Award for Career Achievement in Audio Description recognizes an individual for outstanding contributions to the field of audio description over an extended period of time, leading, inspiring or providing significant service to others.

 

Past Recipients

 

- Achievement in Audio Description - Media

 

2009- Maria Diaz and Closed Caption Latina

2010- WGBH and Media Access Group

2011- Harry A. Jessell, TV News Check

2012- Described and Captioned Media Program

2013- Hollywood Access Services

2014- Diane Johnson and Descriptive Video Works

2015- Netflix

2016- Fred Brack

2017- ABC Digital

 

- Achievement in Audio Description - Performing Arts

 

2009- Lisa Helen Hoffman and Geva Theater

2010- Paper Mill Playhouse

2011- Mimi Smith and Amaryllis Theater Company

2012- Kentucky Center for the Arts

2013- Steppenwolf Theatre

2014- Adrienne Arsht Performing Arts Center

2015- Jesse Minkert and Arts and Visually Impaired Audiences

2016- Arts Access 

2017- Lori Ward, Tennessee Performing Arts Center

 

- Achievement in Audio Description - Museums/Visual Arts/Visitor Centers

 

2009- Elisabeth Axel and Art Education for the Blind

2010- Beth Ziebarth and Smithsonian Institution

2011- Rebecca McGinnis and Metropolitan Museum of Art

2012- National Park Service

2013- The White House

2014- Sandy Malmquist and the Connecticut Children's Museum

2015- Meadows Museum of Art at the Southern Methodist University

2016- Dole Institute of Politics/Audio Reader

2017- none

 

- Achievement in Audio Description - International

 

2009- Joan Greening and the Royal National Institute of Blind People, U.K.

2010- Bernd Benecke and Bayerischer Rundfunk, Germany

2011- 20th Century Fox International, U.K.

2012- Track One Communications, India

2013- Accessible Media, Inc., Canada

2014- Steph Kirkland and the VocalEye Descriptive Arts Society, Canada

2015- Anne Hornsby, Mind's Eye, U.K.

2016- Bos Soluções e Serviços Ltda., Sao Paulo, Brazil

2017- ABLE, New Zealand

    Dr. Anna Jankowska, Poland

 

- Special Recognition Achievement in Audio Description

 

2015- Sebastian Andrade-Miles - Glendale, CO

2016- Alice Austin, Eliot, ME

          Mark Messersmith, The Visual Voice - Mountain View, CA

2017- Timothy Wynn

 

- Dr. Margaret Pfanstiehl Memorial Award in Audio Description - Research and Development

 

2009- none

2010- American Foundation for the Blind

2011- Dr. Joshua A Miele and the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute

2012- Dr. Philip Piety

2013- Ryerson University and Dr. Deborah Fels

2014- Dr. Louise Fryer

2015- Accessible Media, Inc. "AMI Player"

2016- Disney / Pixar "Disney Movies Anywhere App"

2017- Actiview

 

- Barry Levine Memorial Award for Career Achievement in Audio Description

 

2009- Jim Stovall (Narrative Television Network)

2010- Gregory Frazier and Audio Vision

2011- Dr. Barry Cronin

2012- Dr. Alan Woods

2013- Rick Boggs

2014- Dr. Joel Snyder

2015- Dr. Pilar Orero

2016- Dr. Francisco Lima

2017- Diane Johnson, Descriptive Video Works

 

How to Nominate

 

We urge you to recognize someone who has contributed significantly to the growth of audio description.  Submitting a nomination is easy!  It's a three-step process:

 

  • 1--Tell Us About the Nominee
  • 2--Tell Us About Yourself
  • 3-- Support Your Nomination

 

Fill out the form below OR make your nomination on-line at:

2018 Audio Description Awards NOMINATIONS

 

 

Nomination Form

2018 Annual Audio Description Project Awards

 

- You may submit as many nominations as you wish (one nomination/form).

- Self-nominations are permitted.

- DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS:  June 8, 2018

 

Submit your nominations to: danspoone@cfl.rr.com

 

or to:   

 

  Dan Spoone, Chair

      Audio Description Project Steering Committee

             American Council of the Blind

             1703 N. Beauregard St., Suite 420

Alexandria, VA 22311St. Louis, MO 63109

 

or make your nomination on-line at:

 

2018 Audio Description Awards NOMINATIONS

  

1)  TELL US ABOUT THE NOMINEE

 

Award for which you're making a nomination (choose one):

 

 

_____ Achievement in Audio Description - Performing Arts

 

_____ Achievement in Audio Description - Media

 

_____ Achievement in Audio Description - Museums/Visual Art/Visitor Centers

 

_____ Achievement in Audio Description - International

 

_____ Dr. Margaret R. Pfanstiehl Achievement Award in Audio Description - Research and Development

_____ Barry Levine Memorial Award for Career Achievement in Audio Description

 

Name of Nominee:        __________________________________

 

Email:                              ___________________________________

 

Street Address:              ___________________________________

 

City-State-Zip:                ___________________________________

 

Phone:                            ___________________________________

 

Fax:                                 ___________________________________

 

 

 

 

2)  TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

 

 

Your Name:                   __________________________________

 

Email:                              ___________________________________

 

Street Address:              ___________________________________

 

City-State-Zip:                ___________________________________

 

Phone:                            ___________________________________

 

Fax:                                 ___________________________________

 

 

 

 

3)  Support Your Nomination

 

For Achievements Awards in Media, Performing Arts, or Museums, attach (or type below) a 350 words or less statement that illustrates how your nominee has made outstanding contributions to the establishment and/or continued development of significant audio description programs in media, performing arts, or museums.

 

For the Dr. Margaret R. Pfanstiehl Award in Research and Development, attach (or type below) a 350 words or less statement that illustrates how your nominee has conducted outstanding research that has led to the advance of audio description. 

 

For the Barry Levine Memorial Award for Career Achievement in Audio Description, attach (or type below) a 350 words or less statement that illustrates how your nominee has made outstanding contributions to the field of audio description over an extended period of time, leading, inspiring or providing significant service to others.

 

 

DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS:  June 8, 2018

 

Submit your nominations to: danspoone@cfl.rr.com

 

or to:   

 

  Dan Spoone, Chair

  Audio Description Project Steering Committee

  American Council of the Blind

  1703 N. Beauregard St., Suite 420

  Alexandria, VA 22311St. Louis, MO 63109

   

or make your nomination on-line at:

 

2018 Audio Description Awards NOMINATIONS

 

 

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