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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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Paramount Studios Releases 150+
New AD Tracks for Old Movies

In May, the Forrest Gump (25th Anniversary) Blu-ray disc was released.  What was different that you might care about?  It had an audio description track!  Forrest Gump was one of over 150 old movies that Paramount has been retrofitting with brand new AD tracks.  Most of them will not reappear on disc, but those tracks will make it to streaming services.  (Forrest is also on iTunes and Prime Video; plus check out Jack Ryan series like The Hunt for Red October on Prime Video for example.)  Pointer Read our interview about the new AD tracks with one of the key players responsible at Paramount to learn more (like something about a guy named Maverick who likes to fly planes...).  (Posted Aug 20)

Audio Recordings of July's Mini ADP Conference

Audio recordings from the two sessions at July's Mini ADP Conference are now available.  Visit our 2019 Conference page to listen.  The panels were:

  • Audio Description Accessibility and Technology:  Open Forum with Representatives from Major Providers and Streaming Services
  • Audio Description Advocacy:  Legislative Advocacy; and Promoting AD in National Parks, Performing Arts Venues, Museums, and Educational Settings

CBS All Access App Begins Offering AD

The CBS All Access App offers access to live content (in select markets) and over 10,000 previous episodes via streaming devices.  In August 2019, they began to offer audio described content for such programs as Star Trek Discovery, The Twilight Zone, and The Good Fight.  ABC has offered AD in their free Watch ABC App for a long time, but NBC and Fox do not offer AD in their apps; so CBS is a welcome addition.  There is a fee for service for most content ($6 or $10/month).  (Posted Aug 20) 

Lots of Updates to Our Streaming AD Page

Recently we have made many updates to our page dedicated to which streaming services offer audio description.  Changes, such as the CBS All Access App and those affecting Apple are discussed, along with whatever we know about upcoming services like Disney+, AT&T TV, and HBO Max.  Take a look at our Streaming AD page!  (Posted Aug 20)

Cord-Cutting and AD

Lots of folks are investigating cord-cutting these days.  Cord-cutting is when you drop a cable or satellite contract and use alternative, cheaper solutions to access networks of interest.  There are many considerations and numerous options; but of prime interest to visitors to this website is whether or not the proposed solution passes through audio description (the "SAP Channel").  If you have experience good or bad in this area, please write the webmaster or post to our discussion list.  (Posted Aug 20)

Commercials With AD

Some companies have released TV commercials with audio description.  We congratulation the companies for the brands we know about:  Bounty, Head and Shoulders, Pampers, Subaru, and Wells Fargo.  We are seeking permission to replay them here, but in the meantime we simply wish to acknowledge the accessibility efforts of these companies.  (Posted Aug 20)

Next Audio Describer Training Class

The next opportunity to be trained or refreshed as an Audio Describer comes in October.  Audio Description Training Retreats is offering two classes:  Level 1 and Level 2, on Lake James, in Nebo, NC.  For more information, visit our Education and Training page.  (Posted Aug 13)

Edinburgh Festival: Many Performances With AD

Each August, Edinburgh, Scotland, offers five separate events as part of the Edinburgh Festival.  Most run throughout the month.  ADA Scotland provides audio description for many of the events.  For a list of described events, please see the ADA Scotland AD Listings page.  (Posted Aug 13)

Audio Description News

New Audio Described DVDs and Blu-ray Discs

On August 20, 4 new audio described DVDs were released:  A Dog's Journey; Brightburn; The Hustle; The Sun is Also a Star; The Tomorrow Man.

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Coming Next Week (Aug 27):   Rocketman; The Secret Life of Pets 2.

Recent Described DVDs:  A Dog's Journey; Brightburn; The Hustle; The Sun is Also a Star; The Tomorrow Man; All is True; Avengers: End Game; Pokémon: Detective Pikachu; Poms; The Curse of La Llorona; El Chicano; Long Shot; The Intruder; UglyDolls; Alita: Battle Angel; Hellboy; Missing Link; Breakthrough; Shazam!; Teen Spirit; Little; Pet Sematary 2019; The Best of Enemies; Dumbo; The Aftermath; Hotel Mumbai; Slaughterhouse Rulez; Us; Wonder Park; Captain Marvel; Captive State; Five Feet Apart; A Madea Family Funeral; Greta; How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World; Isn't It Romantic; more...   

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Audio Description For Small Dance Companies

Dancer with ChairWhile audio description for people with visually impairment is not a wholly unknown service in the Bay Area (San Jose-based AudioVision frequently describes shows for both SHN and the Curran Theatres in San Francisco), it hasn’t much penetrated the strata of smaller and more experimental theater and dance companies.  Jess Curtis wants to change that.  Read:  Telling While Showing: New Audio Description Services from Jess Curtis/Gravity.  "Through Gravity, [Curtis] hopes to help foster a growing awareness of accessibility for all—and not just in the larger theaters.  In fact, with a grant from the Haas Foundation, Curtis' company can offer other Bay Area companies the opportunity to host audio description services at their shows for a reduced cost through the end of 2019."

Dr. Joel Snyder and Esther Geiger, a Laban Movement Analyst, went to San Francisco last year to train Jess Curtis and Gravity in audio description technique.  (Posted Aug 13)

[Photo Credit:  Meegan Hertensteiner dances in an audio-described production of Deborah Slater's Solos Lost and Found at SFIAF. (Deborah Slater)]

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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!