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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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The Twelve Days of Christmas
by Rory Hoffman, with Audio Description

Christmas TreeEnjoy this special holiday audio/video presentation from the American Council of the Blind with description provided by Joel Snyder of the Audio Description Project.  Rory Hoffman, who is blind, started playing instruments at age three and now plays over a dozen (which is fortunate, since he plays a different one for each of the Twelve Days of Christmas)!  Having performed at the Grand Ole Opry, with many groups touring the US and worldwide, we are fortunate to be able to enjoy his skills on this Christmas favorite.  Listen and watch The Twelve Days of Christmas.  (Posted Dec 13)

Considerations for Movie Description

In a recent podcast, blind consumer Thomas Reid questions some decisions made in describing a recent blockbuster movie, from word choice to failing to read credits to deciding who should voice the description.  He then goes on to consider something many of us have talked about before:  the concept of a preshow script to set the stage for the movie, just like many of us do today in live theatre.  Listen to:  Reid My Mind Radio - On Black Panther Audio Description - Race, Selection & Time.  You can follow Thomas on Twitter as @TSReid.  (Posted Dec 11)

Early 2019 Audio Describer Training

Arts Access Inc. sponsors audio describer training annually, and the next offering is January 10-11.  Learn more about the agenda, places to stay, and REGISTER at this Arts Access sign-up page.  There will be a different training class in NC from March 14-18 by Audio Description Training Retreats.  And, just announced, the ADP's Audio Description Institute will be held in the DC area February 23-25.  (Updated Dec 13)

Smithsonian American Art Museum
Offers Tours for Those with Visual Impairment

The Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC, offers docent-led tours for people with visual impairment each month.  Check our Museums page for a wide variety of audio described tours at museums and other exhibits and tours.  (Posted Dec 4)

"HBO ... Discriminates Against Blind People"
Opinion from the Huffington Post

Elyse Wanshel, a reporter for the Huffington Post, has written an Opinion column titled, HBO’s ‘My Brilliant Friend’ Discriminates Against Blind People.  As a legally blind person, she is unable to read the subtitles in this series spoken in Italian, nor is she able to perceive either the nuances or key aspects of the video that any sighted person would perceive.  She bemoans the fact that HBO acknowledges "it does not offer video description services for any of its programming...  Yet HBO won’t budge, nor did it offer me any explanation as to why it does not offer audio description."

Having worked in the past with Netflix and more recently Hulu on the subject of offering audio description, the ACB and the Audio Description Project are looking into how best to persuade other studios and video services like HBO to commit to providing Audio Description.  (Posted Nov 13)

Hulu Commits to Audio Description

Hulu LogoHulu, with over 20 million streaming subscribers, and advocates from the American Council of the Blind and Bay State Council of the Blind have reached a settlement agreement to increase the accessibility of Hulu's streaming service to individuals who are blind or have low vision.  As a result, Hulu will undertake efforts to make its website and software applications accessible via screen readers and will provide audio description tracks for streaming content where possible.  Content and accessibility will begin to rollout sometime in 2019.  Read the Press Release.  (Posted Oct 17)

Audio Description News

New Audio Described DVDs and Blu-ray Discs

On December 11, the following audio described DVDs were released:  Colette, Peppermint, Smallfoot, The Equalizer 2; and here's one we missed earlier:  Dog Days.

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Recent DVDs:  Colette, Peppermint, Smallfoot, The Equalizer 2, Mission: Impossible - Fallout, Operation Finale, The Happytime Murders, The Nun,  Searching, The Little Stranger, 2001: A Space Odyssey (Re-Mastered), Blindspotting, Crazy Rich Asians, Dog Days, Kin, Pixar Short Films Collection 3, Alpha, Mile 22, Puzzle, The Meg, Itzhak, BlacKkKlansman, Christopher Robin, Incredibles 2, Papillon, Slender Man, Teen Titans Go! To the Movies, The Darkest Minds, The Spy Who Dumped Me, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Sorry to Bother You, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Hotel Transylvania 3, Skyscraper, Leave No Trace, Sicario: Day of the Soldado, The First Purge, Solo: A Star Wars Story, The Seagull, Uncle Drew, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, more...   

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Audio Described Christmas TV Movies

Just a quick reminder, many Christmas TV movies are audio described!

Goodbye Blindy.tv

Some of you have enjoyed the free described programming on blindy.tv.  Be advised that they closed up shop at the beginning of October due to increasing technical challenges in keeping the streams operational.  (Posted Oct 23)

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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!