Dear Young People (ages 7-21), TVIs, classroom teachers,
and Audio Description enthusiasts!
The AMERICAN COUNCIL OF THE BLIND's
AUDIO DESCRIPTION PROJECT (ACB-ADP)
DESCRIBED AND CAPTIONED MEDIA PROGRAM (DCMP)
Annual BENEFITS of AUDIO DESCRIPTION IN EDUCATION Contest
(formerly the Young Described Film Critic contest)
A "Listening Is Learning" Initiative
The mission of the American Council of the Blind's
(ACB) Audio Description Project (ADP) is to promote and advocate
for the use of high-quality Audio Description in television,
movies, performing arts, museums, educational materials and other
venues where the presentation of visual media is critical to the
understanding and appreciation of the content.
The mission of the DCMP is to promote and provide equal
access to communication and learning through described and captioned
educational media. The ultimate goal of the DCMP is for accessible
media to be an integral tool in the teaching and learning process for
all stakeholders in the educational community, including students,
educators and other school personnel, parents, service providers,
businesses, and agencies. DCMP HAS A COLLECTION OF SOME 6000 DESCRIBED
AND CAPTIONED educational media titles available to those students and
their teachers who qualify.
Kids love movies! Movies, videos and other forms
of multimedia are, these days, integral to public, private, and
special education curriculum. If you're a young person who can't
see or can't see well, audio description provides access to all the
visual images of the movies that your sighted peers enjoy.
The Benefits of Audio Description In Education (BADIE)
contest wants you to experience media with audio description and then
tell us about what you've experienced! Here's how the process works:
- Register for the contest on the DCMP website at
- You, your classroom teacher or TVI-and perhaps your
entire class-will then choose an audio described film from the more
than 6000 titles available through DCMP (the film can be downloaded or
streamed) OR you can borrow an audio described video or
film from your talking book library, or your local public library.
Dozens of audio described videos are also available through the ADP's
- Once you've watched the video or film, you have a
chance to win prizes for yourself and your teacher AND recognition for
your school. And--a chance to hold the awesome title:
A BADIE award-winner!
- All you need to do for a chance to win is to write,
type or record your own review of the film or video that you watch.
There are four contestant entry categories:
Sophomore (ages 7 to 10), Junior (ages 11 to 15), Senior (ages
16 to 21), and
Alternate Assessment *.
(* The Alternate Assessment category refers to students
whose participation in their general statewide assessment program
(testing in Math, Science and Language Arts) is not appropriate, even
with accommodations. Alternate Assessment student performance is
evaluated at three levels of complexity. Student achievement is
reported through performance levels described as emergent, achieved
and commended. Access Points are academic expectations written
specifically for students with significant cognitive disabilities.)
You can enter the contest as many times as you like!
Contest winners in each category will be chosen by January of 2017,
the grand prize winner will receive an iPad Mini!
- Each first place student winner
will receive a $100 iTunes gift card.
- Each second place winner will
receive a $50 iTunes gift card.
- Each third place winner
will receive a $25 iTunes gift card.
- Each supporting teacher who has a
winning student will be awarded a $100 Amazon gift card.
All who enter the contest will be awarded certificates
FOR ENTRIES - Wednesday, November 30, 2016.
You can submit entries anytime between now and Wednesday November 30
2016. Be the first to submit your review!
All data on the application form must be submitted
online, but the film reviews may be submitted in hard copy braille,
large print, or audio format.
Send us your recorded or written entry (in regular or
large print or Braille) via email or postal mail (submissions
from outside the United States are fine). Send your entry to:
ACB-DCMP Benefits of Audio Description In Education
1703 N. Beauregard St., Suite 420
Alexandria, VA 22311 USA
phone: 202 467-5083
You will need to include these details:
Which age category? -- Sophomore (ages 7 to 10), Junior
(ages 11 to 15), Senior (ages 16 to 21) or Alternate
Name of school and class or if home-schooled
School address and phone number
Name of teacher and TVI
The title of the film or video that you are reviewing
Don't forget to attach your review! And before
you submit your review, please consider our --
TIPS FOR WRITING THE ULTIMATE FILM REVIEW
1. Keep it short: 250 words maximum. Tell us which specific
parts of the audio description gave you the most vivid sense of what
was happening in the film. How did the audio description make you
feel? How did it help you learn? Which description did you like best,
and which did you not like? Why?
2. Write in the present tense. For example: "the main
character of the film is called" or "when the film starts, he or she
does this or that".
3. Make it fun! Just because you're writing a review doesn't
mean it can't be fun to read. Make it as entertaining as possible for
4. Dish the Dirt! Say exactly what you think (but say it well).
Tell the reader whether you loved or hated the film or video but be
certain to say why. The judges want to hear your personal opinion.
5. Don't tell the story. You only have 250 words so don't waste
them telling the story. Readers only need to know the outline of
the plot and a little bit about the main characters.
6. Be a reporter! If you can, take notes while you're watching
the film (write down memorable quotes, significant moments, etc.).
7. Make time. The best reviews are written while the film is
still fresh in the mind, so do try to get your ideas down as soon as
possible after seeing the film.
8. Edit! Don't forget to re-read your review, edit it, then
prepare a finished version.
9. No cheating! Make sure your work is original and not copied
from another source in any way.
10. Meet your deadline. Even the most famous and best paid film
critics in the world have to get their reviews done on time so don't
forget your deadline:
Wednesday, November 30, 2016.