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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 using the VisualPing website.

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The FCC Wants to Know
What Changes You Want to the CVAA

FCC SealWe detail WHAT you might want to comment on and HOW to submit your comments to the FCC on the subject of how you feel the FCC may need to take greater control over what shows are distributed with audio description (the essence of the CVAA).  Read our article on how to submit commentsIf you don't comment, they will assume you are satisfied with the status quo.  Deadline is May 24.  (Updated April 27) 

We Support the TBS Petition to the FCC

On April 29, 2021, the FCC released a Public Notice seeking comment on TBS's petition for limited waiver of the requirement to provide 87.5 hours of audio described programming per calendar quarter.  Parent company WarnerMedia is requesting this waiver for TBS because the audio description re-run rule does not adequately count the full quantity of audio description aired by TBS.  This waiver request is similar to that sought successfully by NBC-Universal for USA Network in 2019, but with two clear differences.
(1) TBS pledges to air at least 1,000 hours of described programming each quarter, equal to that of USA Network.  In addition, TBS pledges to average more than 1,400 hours of described programming per quarter over the waiver period.
(2) WarnerMedia commits that it will describe 100% of newly produced, non-live programming aired between 6:00 a.m. and midnight ET within three business days of receipt from the production company not only on TBS, but also on TNT and TruTV, TBS sister networks, which are not subject to the Commission's audio description requirements.  (The USA commitment was 75%.)
The ACB encourages all interested parties to file comments in support of the TBS waiver request.  Comments are due by June 1, 2021.  To file your comments, write them up in a file and go to https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filings and enter the generic proceeding number 11-43.  Alternatively, go to https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filings/express and type your comments directly.  It's OK to be brief!  (Posted Apr 30).

ACB/ADP Achievement Award Nominations
Deadline extended to May 23rd

Red RibbonIt's time again (the 13th time, to be exact) to nominate an individual or organization for an ADP Achievement Award.  This year the categories have been restructured a bit to allow separate nomination for individuals and organizations for Media, Performing Arts, and Museums.  Read the full nomination criteria and options for submitting a nomination at 2021 ADP Achievement Award Nominations.  You can also see previous winners in The Audio Description Honor Roll.   (Updated Apr 30)

Sighted People Benefit from AD, Too

Scene from TV ShowWhile we tend to think of audio description as an accessibility accommodation for people with visual impairment, it turns out lots of sighted people can benefit from AD too.  In some cases these are folks with other challenges, such as learning disabilities, but have you considered things like listening to a movie while driving or doing something in a room with no TV?  How about giving people learning English more exposure to the language, or for explanation of items that might not be clearly visible or names you are not sure about?  We cover all of this in a new article entitled, "The Advantages of Audio Description for People Who Are NOT Blind!".  We even give you an option to print the page as a handout for a friend.  (Posted Apr 20)

Search of DCMP Catalog Now Available

TV screen and question markWe have updated our Find a Video search (above and on our Master AD List page) to give you an option to also search the DCMP (Described and Captioned Media Program) website, which offers free described and captioned versions of primarily educational films for family members and educators with early learners through Grade 12 students who are blind or deaf.  A subset of titles are free to all without meeting that qualification -- and Update we now note which matched titles are free to allSearch DCMP.  (Updated Apr 20)


Audio Description News 

Audio Described DVDs and Blu-ray Discs

2 DVDs with Audio Description were released on May 4:  Judas and the Black Messiah; The Little Things.  No described DVDs were released on April 27.  The April 20th release of Fantasia and Fantasia 2000 is a little complicated, since they are both available only via the Disney Movie Club in a single packaging called The Best of MickeyThere are many other copies out there, but none have audio description.  1 DVD with Audio Description was released on April 6:  Earwig and the Witch.  1 DVD with Audio Description was released on March 30:  Wonder Woman 1984.

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Next Week May 11:  Land; Pixie; The Mauritanian.

USA Described DVDs:  2021 | 2020 | All Since 1997 | For Children

Read:  Don’t Make Low-Vision Viewers Choose Between Vibrant 4K Picture and Audio Description.

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Where to Watch the Academy Awards Best-Picture Nominees

  • The Oscar TrophyNomadland:  Hulu, iTunes (Winner)
  • Mank:  Netflix
  • Minari:  Prime Video
  • Promising Young Woman:  DVD, Prime Video, iTunes
  • Sound of Metal:  Prime Video
  • The Trial of the Chicago 7:  Netflix

Other categories are mentioned in this Where to Stream... article.  (Updated May 4)

SAP FeatureNew Audio Described TV Shows

CBS Kids Say the Darndest Things; Wed 8pm.  Neew May 4

Discovery Channel  Deadliest Catch: Bloodline; Dirty Mudder Truckers; Six Degrees With Mike Rowe; Undercover Billionaire.  Neew May 4

HGTV Home Town Takeover; Mediterranean Life.  New May 4

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FCC Confirms Nonbroadcast Networks
Required to Provide AD Starting July 1

SAP FeatureThe FCC has finished its final selection process for the five nonbroadcast networks required to provide audio description for the next three years starting July 1.  The process involved naming the top 10 based on surveys, then allowing requests for exemptions.  As usual, news and sports networks requested exemption, and those exemptions were granted.  The five remaining networks are:  Hallmark, HGTV, History, TBS, and TLC.  Hallmark and TLC will be new; Discovery and USA will be dropped.  (Posted Mar 9)

IKEA's Audio Catalog

Ikea logoNot exactly audio description, but you may be interested to know that IKEA has produced its extensive catalog in audio format.  (Posted Apr 6)

Zoom MeetingAudio Describer Training in May

Audio Description Training Retreats has just three seats left for their (virtual) audio describer training classes in May.  The dates are May 6-9 and May 27-31.  Please visit our Training/Education page for details.  (Updated Apr 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, streaming services, and more.  Started in 2002 by AD International, funding and direction for this website has come from the American Council of the Blind's Audio Description Project since 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: 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!