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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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Facebook "Birthday Fundraiser" Yields Over $600 to Support the ADP!

Well-known audio narrator (the voice you hear providing audio description for TV and movies) Roy Samuelson began a "Birthday Fundraiser" on Facebook last September. The simple announcement encouraged friends to make a donation to the ACB in honor of his birthday, and all funds collected were sent by Facebook to the ACB to be used to support this project (ADP).  Way to go, Roy and friends!  If you have a lot of Facebook friends, maybe you could do the same!  Visit this Facebook page to setup a Birthday Fundraiser for the ADP, then drop us a note so we can follow-up.  (Posted Dec 3)

All Things Audio Description Podcast

On this episode of the ACB Advocacy Update podcast, Claire and Clark discuss all things audio description with Dr. Joel Snyder and Carl Richardson. They highlight the great work of the Audio Description Project, including the Benefits of Audio Description in Education Contest, as well as the 16th Audio Description Institute, and the rapidly evolving landscape of streaming services providing accessible user interfaces and audio described programming.  Listen to the podcast.  (Posted Dec 3)

Time is Running Out to Enter
The 2020 BADIE Contest!

Each Fall, the ADP, in conjunction with the Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP), sponsors the Benefits of Audio Description in Education (BADIE) Contest.  Students ages 7 to 21 view an audio described video and write a review of that movie.  PRIZES will be awarded in each age category.  LAST DAY TO ENTER IS FRIDAY DECEMBER 6!  Read the details about entering the BADIE Contest!  (Updated Nov 27)

Audio Description Training at ADI

Once again the Audio Description Project's Audio Description Institute will be providing training for persons wishing to learn how to become an audio describer or to refresh skills.  The dates are February 22-24 in Alexandria, Virginia.  Registration is now open.  Read the ADI Brochure.  (Updated Dec 3)

Cord Cutting With AD in Mind

With cable and satellite TV costs rising, many customers (1.7 million in 3Q19) are investigating cord cutting, looking for lower-cost alternatives.  This becomes even more important as the streaming wars heat up, with additional fees for their services.  But what is a person to do if they depend upon that good old SAP channel for audio description?  Your webmaster faced this decision and investigated many options.  You can read his report of how to approach the problem, what solutions are out there, and what he finally decided upon, with a complete review of that service on our new page, Cord-Cutting Options Supporting Audio Description.  We hope to keep expanding this page as we get other users' success stories -- and we have one already for The Channels App.  Send your feedback to the webmaster.  (Updated Nov 12)

New Website Navigation and Listings

With the addition of Apple TV+ and Disney+, we needed new navigation options to cover the described titles from both streaming services.  This necessitated a review of how we are offering those options to you, and we decided to revamp the header and navigation areas of our website pages as you can see above.  We have added a couple of other new navigation options:  Our Conferences and an "Other" listing of titles available with AD from sites other than the biggies we list (we expect this to grow over time).  We hope you find this useful and welcome your feedback.  (Updated Nov 12)

Audio Description News

New Audio Described DVDs and Blu-ray Discs

We've had trouble locating a number of the DVDs released in the past two weeks, but here are the ones we have found with Audio Description:  Ready or Not; Angel Has Fallen; Lives Well Lived; Official Secrets.  On November 19, 2 DVDs with AD were released:  Blinded by the Light; Dora and the Lost City of Gold.  We are pretty sure The Goldfinch is described, but we can't find a copy to prove it.

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Coming Next Week (Dec 10):  Hustlers, Once Upon a Time...In Hollywood.

Recent Described DVDs:  Ready or Not; Angel Has Fallen; Lives Well Lived; Official Secrets; Blinded by the Light; Dora and the Lost City of Gold; 47 Meters Down: Uncaged; After the Wedding; Brian Banks; Good Boys; The Angry Birds Movie 2; Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw; Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark; The Art of Racing in the Rain; The Kitchen; Luce; The Lion King; Crawl; Stuber; The Art of Self-Defense; Annabelle Comes Home; Toy Story 4; The Wedding Guest; Maiden; Spider-Man: Far From Home; more...   

See these lists of described DVDs released in the USA:

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Over 250 Disney+ Described Titles Added

Two weeks ago we released the first official list of audio described titles on the new Disney+ streaming service in the USA.  Last week we added more titles, and we are up to 286 as of today.  Initially, the Disney+ Originals and TV Series were not included, but all Disney+ Originals do include description, and we are adding the Originals and TV Series now.  And we are working with Disney on the best choice of genre to list.  But the basic list of titles is there, and it is extensive!  As a reminder, some Disney titles are under exclusive contract to other streaming services as far out as late 2021 and are not included yet.  We are able to list those titles appearing in the next 30 days however, and you will find trailers for future titles, many with description, on the service.  [We are also listing upcoming titles for the Apple TV+ service.]  (Updated Dec 3)

AD Titles Milestones Reached!

In a sense they are arbitrary, but we like "round numbers."  Congratulations to both Netflix and Amazon Prime Video for breaking 1000 titles each the week of October 15!  (iTunes already did.)  And in turn, that lets us break the 3000 described titles mark [ Update OVER 3400 TITLES NOW! ] in our Master AD List (which has been reformatted slightly to make it easier to get more information about each title).  (Updated Nov 27)

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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!