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Welcome to the Audio Description Project!

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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Introducing Our New ADP Coordinator:
Jo Lynn Bailey-Page

Jo Lynn Bailey-PageA message from Joel Snyder, PhD, Founder and Senior Consultant, Audio Description Project.

I have an exciting announcement that addresses the growth of the Audio Description Project (ADP) and its place within the American Council of the Blind (ACB).

It has been a privilege to direct the activities of the ADP since its founding 11 years ago under a contract with my company, Audio Description Associates, LLC.  We've grown a great deal, and with that growth comes more administrative responsibilities.  That work will now be assumed by ACB staff in the person of the new ADP Coordinator and Grant Writer, Jo Lynn Bailey-Page.  My company still maintains a contract with ACB to provide a range of consulting services including the direction of our training programs and special projects (we're right now in the midst of our 18th Audio Description Institute, our first virtual Institute with 60 registrants from 22 states and 3 countries).  So please join me in welcoming Jo Lynn in her new capacity! 

And from ACB Executive Director, Eric Bridges:

On behalf of the American Council of the Blind (ACB), I am proud to announce the newest member of our team:  Jo Lynn Bailey-Page!  On March 1st, Jo Lynn will join us as Audio Description Project Coordinator & Grant Writer.  She will be supporting Tony Stephens, Director of Development, with coordinating all aspects of the Audio Description Project as well as preparing and submitting grant proposals to potential funders.  For the last five years, Jo Lynn served as a Grant Writer Contractor for ACB.  Her accomplishments include securing funding opportunities for ACB's Online Community Engagement and "Get Up and Get Moving" initiative, creating the Grants Power Grid to target major corporations, and expanding our grants pipeline to fifty-plus submissions.  Jo Lynn also has 10 years' experience working as an Independent Audio Describer, providing live audio description and developing scripts for performances and exhibits.  She also is leading ACB's active participation in the UniDescription Project with the University of Hawaii and the National Park Service.  She has a Bachelor's in Music, Vocal Performance from George Mason University and is a graduate of Joel Snyder's Audio Description Associates Training Institute.  While many of you have probably met her during our conventions and DC Leadership Conferences in the past, please join me in welcoming Jo Lynn by leaving her a message at 202-467-5081 or jbailey-page@acb.org!  (Posted Feb 26)

Deadline Extended to March 15th!
Enter the 2021 BADIE Contest

BADIE LogoTime was running out (but the deadline was just extended!) for school-age children to submit their reviews of audio described videos and potentially be rewarded with prizes.  The 2021 Benefits of Audio Description In Education (BADIE, rhymes with lady) contest is open for submissions from children aged 7 to 21.  Read about the BADIE Submission Process.  The new deadline for entries is March 15.  (Updated Jan 15)

ACB/ADP Achievement Award Nominations

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.   (Posted Jan 12)


Audio Description News

Audio Described DVDs and Blu-ray Discs

1 DVD with Audio Description was released on February 23The Croods: A New Age.  2 DVDs with Audio Description were released on February 16:  A Call to Spy; Horizon Line.  3 DVDs with Audio Description were released on February 9:  Freaky; Greenland; Sputnik.

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Next Week March 2:  All My Life; Half Brothers; Monster Hunter.

2021 USA Described DVDs:  The Croods: A New Age; A Call to Spy; Horizon Line; Freaky; Greenland; Sputnik; Let Him Go; Love, Weddings & Other Disasters; Tesla; Wild Mountain Thyme; Come Play; Dreamland; The Climb; Jungleland; Lupin III: The First; Spell; Love and Monsters.

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. New Feb 19

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Discovery Channel 100 Days Wild; Gold Rush: White Water; Lost Relics of the Knights Templar; Moonshiners; Moonshiners: Master Distiller; Mysteries of the Deep; Street Outlaws: Mega Cash Days; check schedule for times. Updated Feb 16

Fox Cherries Wild, Sundays at 7pm.  New Feb 16

HGTV Frozen in Time; Rehab Addict RescueNew Feb 16

NBC Debris, Mondays at 10pm (premiere Mar 1).  New Feb 23
Kenan, Tuesdays at 8:30 pm; Young Rock, Tuesdays at 8 pm.  New Feb 16

The CW Best Friends Furever With Kel Mitchell and Tails of Valor - Saturday mornings.  New Feb 12

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Audio DescriberAudio Describer Training

The next two audio describer training classes are full, but there is a wait list for the April 15th Audio Description Training Retreats class, with no known classes upcoming after that.  (Posted Feb 26)

AD Service Providers Now Categorized

Menu OptionsDue to the growth in the number of providers (now approaching 100), the AD Services page has been revised to categorize each service provider (vendor) and to allow visitors to narrow in on exactly what they are looking for by selecting the category to display.  In addition, buttons on the page now allow for simplified new submissions or updates to existing entries.  Categories include:  Writing, Voicing, Audio Engineering, Full Service (all 3 previous services), Quality Control and Consulting, Training, and Local AD Providers (e.g., local live theatre).  Existing providers may wish to verify our choice of categorization, and those not already listed are welcome to submit new listings.  (Posted Jan 19)


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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!