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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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FCC Seeks YOUR Input on "Video Description"

IMPORTANT!!!  Let your voice be heard!
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In preparation for a report to Congress, the FCC is soliciting input on "recent developments in the video description marketplace."  Those topics which apply to consumers are as follows:

  • The amount and types of programming described, including children's programming and specific examples of what is watched.
  • The extent to which household members, both visually impaired or not, watch described programming.
  • The ease with which consumers can access online guides, and how well the networks inform you of their described programming.
  • How well are networks making available Video-On-Demand of previously described programming?
  • Are there "any data points that quantify or otherwise capture the benefits of video description for audiences"?
  • Other questions are primarily for networks to answer.

This is an extremely important opportunity for each individual who enjoys the benefits of described television programming to provide input!  Failing to respond means you are willing to let others decide how much described programming you receive.  PLEASE take the time to read the following document and provide your input.  FCC 11-43 Document.  (To read a version with all the footnotes removed, use this Screen Reader version of FCC 11-43 Document link.)  Then use the Online Express Input Form to submit comments.  In the online input form, type "11-43" in "Proceedings," press Enter, then continue through the form.  If you prefer to submit a Word or other format document, use the Regular Filings option, type "11-43" in "Proceedings," press Enter, then continue.  Deadline is April 1.  Do it now! 

NEW REPLY OPTION:  You can email your personalized comments to no later than Thursday, March 28, and the ACB national office will file your comments on your behalf. (Updated Mar 23)

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Call For Nominations:
11th Annual ADP Achievement Awards

It's time once again to nominate individuals and organizations for our annual "Achievement in Audio Description" awards.  Categories are as follows:

- 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

You can read the award nomination document and/or view past winners.  Deadline is June 7.  (Posted Mar 19)

WMU Student Helps Launch AD for Theatre

The Kalamazoo (Michigan) Civic Theatre was approached by a patron about offering audio description.  Fortunately, they located Abby Tongue, a student at Western Michigan University's Department of Blindness and Low Vision Studies, who reached out to others, including the ACB, to prepare herself to offer her services as an audio describer.  Read the story of how this came about!  (Posted Mar 12)

The Oscars:  A Missing Award

They honor the script writers, but how about the audio describers?  "For blind cinema goers, audio description is a crucial part of any film.  It is just as important as acting, cinematography and score."  That's the premise of this article on The Conversation website entitled, Oscars: audio description brings film to life for blind people, it deserves an award too.  The article concludes with, "It may be too late for this year but it seems only right that an audio describer is properly awarded at the 2020 Oscars."  Read it and see if you agree!  By the way, the French Confederation for the Advancement of Blind People has addressed this issue, as noted in the article. Très bien! (Posted Feb 26)

“Access,” a Short Film About Accessibility

It took Chris Higgins nearly four years to complete "Access," a short documentary which "follows Cory Joseph through a typical day, showing how he uses his smartphone, Braille display, tactile watch, and guide dog (named Vine) to navigate the world."  He struggled with editing to allow for audio description, but here's the great point of all this:  "Ultimately I decided that there should be only one version of this film, and it should include Audio Description, because that makes the film accessible to a wider audience.  I think there’s a lesson for creative people:  Even if you think you 'get it,' you might not be getting it.  Leave room to reconsider."  Wow!  Thank you Chris.  Read the Article and Watch Access.  (Posted Feb 15)

2019 BADIE Contest Winners Announced

The 2019 winners of the Benefits of Audio Description In Education have been announced.  Congratulations to Grand Prize Winner John Holstein from the West Virginia School for the Blind for his review of Snowflake Bentley and Voyage to Mars -- and to all the other winners.  Read the BADIE Press Release.  (Posted Feb 5)

Marilee Talkington Luncheon Address

Finally, we have excerpted the luncheon address by Marilee Talkington at our ADP Conference last July from an otherwise damaged conference recording.  Marilee is an actress with significant visual impairment.  She recounted for us her experience trying to break into the commercial world of acting, and we play (on the recording) an excerpt of her role in an NCIS episode last year.  Listen to the 40-minute MP3 file by clicking the link above.  (Posted Jan 18)

Audio Description News

New Audio Described DVDs and Blu-ray Discs

On March 19, 2 audio described DVDs were released:  Mary Poppins Returns; Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.  We also found two more described DVDs which were released in February:  Maria by Callas; The Happy Prince.

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Recent DVDs:  Mary Poppins Returns; Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse; Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald; Green Book; Mortal Engines; Creed II; Instant Family; The Favourite; Mary Queen of Scots; Ralph Breaks the Internet; The Possession of Hannah Grace; A Star is Born; Can You Ever Forgive Me?; Overlord; Robin Hood; At Eternity's Gate; Bohemian Rhapsody; Maria by Callas; Nobody's Fool; The Front Runner; The Happy Prince; A Private War; Dr. Seuss' The Grinch; The Cloverfield Paradox; The Girl in the Spider's Web; The Sisters Brothers; Widows; Boy Erased; Hunter Killer; Indivisible; Slice; The Nutcracker and the Four Realms; The Wife; First Man; Johnny English Strikes Again; The Hate U Give; Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween; Halloween; more...   

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Streaming Video Listings Unified Updated

For the past few weeks we've been talking about modifications to our streaming video listings for iTunes, Netflix, and Prime Video to add more and more features.  Now, finally, they all contain the same information:  Title, Type (movie, series, etc.), link to content, genre, and rating, PLUS we have separate by-genre listings for each service.  Please note that each service assigns a primary genre to each video, and their choice of genres may differ from service to service for the same title, plus we "consolidate" similar genres for convenience.  (Updated Mar 23)

Audio Describer Training

The next class is in North Carolina from May 16-20 (the March class sold out, so they scheduled an additional offering), offered by Audio Description Training Retreats.  After that, the next class will be in July in Rochester, NY, offered by Joel Snyder's Audio Description Institute.  See our Education page.  (Updated Feb 26)

Looking For a Described Movie or TV Series?

If you are looking for a movie or TV series with description, please consult our Master AD List.  It includes all TV series on FCC-mandated networks, those in syndication with Netflix or Prime Video, plus Netflix-Original or Amazon-Original TV series.  All commercial DVDs ever produced with description are also listed, plus every described movie on Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, or Netflix.  There are currently over 2500 titles on our list, with nearly half of them duplicated in more than one service (which means a movie you are looking for might be on DVD, iTunes, Netflix, and/or Prime Video).  It is truly the "Master List" of all AD titles available in the USA, and there is nothing like it anywhere else in the world!  (Updated Mar 12)

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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!