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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 Notify Me button. 

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FCC Proposes Expanding Video Description
Your Input Is Needed!

The comment period for the FCC's proposal to start phasing in new television markets required to pass through audio description has begun.  The proposal is to start January 2, 2021, expanding at a rate of 10 markets per year for four years, bringing the current 60 markets to 100.  They will also consider expanding this number beyond 100.  Also, at the urging of the ACB/ADP, they have proposed using the term 'audio description' rather than 'video description' in the future in accordance with a recent recommendation from the Commission’s Disability Advisory Committee (in which the ACB participates).

YOUR COMMENTS ARE REQUIRED to get this implemented!  Read the FCC Proposal; then submit your comments using the Express form.  The Proceeding Number is 11-43 for the first field.  Comment briefly on either or both the market expansion and/or eliminating the term "video description."  You can also check this user's experience filing the form.  The deadline is June 22.  (Updated Jun 2)

Audio Description Narrator Training

In what may be a first-of-its-kind, distinguished AD Narrator Roy Samuelson is offering to train voice-over artists in the nuances required for excellent AD narration in this limited-attendance June 11th seminar.  Read more about the AD Narrator Seminar.  (Posted Jun 2)

Audio  Describer Training

There are three seats left for the July 9-12 virtual (Zoom) Audio Description Training Retreat.  See our Education page for details.  (Posted Jun 2)

Three Weeks in Athens, All About AD!

ColosseumLast December, ADP Project Director Dr. Joel Snyder traveled to Greece on a Fulbright Specialist Grant for a three-week residency giving a series of seminars, workshops, and public programs on audio description.  Read about Joel's trip.  (Posted May 26)

ADP Convention Agenda

A D P with a soundwave and Braille belowThis year's ACB Conference will be held as a virtual conference (via Zoom) from 9:30am to 9:30pm daily starting July 3.  The ADP Conference will be held each afternoon Mon-Fri at various times, plus some pre-conference specials.  The cost to attend the ADP Zoom sessions will simply be the $25 fee required to register for the ACB Conference.  Registration will open May 21.  Here is the agenda (or read the detailed agenda):

  • Fri Jul 3, 6pm:  2020 Academy Award Winner for BEST PICTURE, Parasite.  The catch is that this film is NOT available in the USA with audio description, but WE HAVE A COPY WITH DESCRIPTION!
  •  Sat Jul 4, 7pm:  Disney's Pick of the Litter, with one of the participants present to answer questions.
  • Sat Jul 4 9pm:  Described 2019 Fireworks from the Mall in Washington, DC.
  • Mon Jul 6 4:30pm:  Getting the Most Out of the ADP Website
  • Mon Jul 6 7:30pm:  Entertainment and Media Industry Update with panelists discussing their audio description offerings
  • Tue Jul 7, 12:30pm:  AD Achievement Award Winners
  • Tue Jul 7, 3pm:  FCC Legislative Update
  • Wed Jul 8 4:30pm:  AD Opportunities Within the National Parks System
  • Thu Jul 9 3pm:  Strategies for Cord-Cutting and Streaming Services
  • Fri Jul 10 3 pm:  Audio Description and Quality Control (the hiring of description producers / describers / narrators and audio editors).
  • Fri Jul 10, 8pm: "Banquet" speaker:  Roy Samuelson, a leading Audio Description Narrator.  Roy will be sharing how his firm informs, inspires, and recruits relevant organizations into a new initiative in blind audience empowerment.
  • All week: Various audio described tours on ACB Radio (Updated May 19)

Audio Descriptions for 360-Degree Video

A 3D Video Clip of an underwater diverEqual Entry, a global company which helps businesses accommodate the needs of persons with disabilities using technology, has released a video of a recent seminar entitled Audio Descriptions for 360-Degree Video.  The purpose of the seminary was "to share our research on audio descriptions (AD) for immersive media, and start a conversation with the wider accessibility community about where to go from here ... [to answer the question] Under what circumstances could there be a benefit to having a live audio describer for content that was not originally designed with accessibility in mind?"  Because the video was projected all around the participants, special challenges were encountered addressing which way the participant was facing.  (Posted May 19)


Audio Description News

Audio Described DVDs and Blu-ray Discs

No DVDs with Audio Description were released on June 2.  1 DVD was released with Description on May 26:  The Invisible Man.  We have also added three additional described DVDs from the past month that we have now verified:  Birds of Prey; Looking for Alaska: Season 1; The Way Back

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Next Week June 9:  The Hunt.

Recent USA Described DVDs:  The Invisible Man; Downhill; Emma; Onward; Sonic The Hedgehog; The Way Back; Birds of Prey; Blumhouse's Fantasy Island; Call of the Wild; The Photograph; The Traitor; Bloodshot; Gretel & Hansel; Ordinary Love; I Still Believe; The Rhythm Section; Bad Boys For Life; Like a Boss; Looking for Alaska: Season 1; The Gentlemen; The Turning; Just Mercy; Underwater; Cats; Dolittle; Little Women; Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker; The Current War; 1917; The Grudge; The Song of Names; Black Christmas; Jumanji: The Next Level; Richard Jewell; Beauty and the Beast (1991); Bombshell; Charlie's Angels; Spies in Disguise; A Bug's Life; Dark Waters; Playmobil: The Movie; Queen & Slim; Wall-E; Frozen II; Knives Out; 21 Bridges; more...

USA Described DVDs:  2020 | 2019 | All Since 1997 | For Children

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New Audio Described TV Shows

Remember Sunday Evening Movies?  CBS is bringing them back -- audio described!  Here's the remaining schedule [we are checking on June...], with showings beginning at 8pm EDT:

  • Sunday, May 31, 2020:  INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE

ABC The Story of Soaps, Tuesdays at 8pm; The Genetic Detective, Tuesdays at 10pm.  Updated May 26.

TBS and TNT Snowpiercer, various times.  Added May 19.

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Spectrum Access: Enabled Media

Spectrum Access LogoRemember Actiview?  It allowed you to download a limited number of Audio Description tracks to your iPhone for use in a cinema or at home for private listening to the AD track while watching a movie -- great if someone with you didn't need or want to hear the track.  Now Charter Communications (who owns the Spectrum brand) has picked up the App, renamed it Spectrum Access: Enabled Media, kept it free, and has over 300 AD tracks available for downloading!  (It also supports Closed Captions, but not Cinema at this time.)  We've created a list of Spectrum Access titles and integrated Spectrum Access into our Master AD List.  Thank you Charter!  (Here is Actiview's "Goodbye" message to users.) (Updated May 19)

Enhancements to This Website

With some extra stay-at-home time on his hands, your webmaster has made the following enhancements to this website:

  • Spectrum Access listings have been added, both as a unique link in the navigation area and to the Master AD list.
  • The Disney+ AD Titles listing now has a separate listing at the bottom of USA titles with foreign language description.
  • For the Prime Video AD Titles listing, the "Included (Free) With Prime" titles are now broken out at the bottom, along with the list of free titles on IMDB TV, and the titles now all have links to Prime Video.  In addition, movie release years are now included in the listing, when available.
  • In the Master AD List, if you click on "DVD" after a title, you go directly to the DVD description; and for the streaming services, you go to the index letter matching the first letter in the title, in the cases where titles are indexed.

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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, streaming services, 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.  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: A Comprehensive Training Manual and Guide to the History and Applications of Audio Description, is available in print (English, Portuguese, Polish, and Russian), for Kindle, on Bookshare, and in Braille and as an audio book from NLS libraries.  Read more details about Dr. Snyder's book...

Dedicated organizations around the world facilitate the offering of audio description for movies, videos, live theatre, and television.  This website attempts to expose their fine work to as many interested viewers as possible. Thank you for visiting!