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Introducing Our New ADP Coordinator:
message from Joel Snyder, PhD, Founder and Senior Consultant, Audio
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
email@example.com! (Posted Feb 26)
All About Audio Description
That's what's covered in many of the articles in the February issue of the
Braille Forum. Check it out! Don't miss
ACB’s Audio Description Project: What We’ve Accomplished and
All About the Audio Description Project Website among the many interesting
articles. (Posted Feb 26)
Deadline Extended to March 15th!
Enter the 2021
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
It'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 23:
The 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:
Next Week March 2: All My Life; Half Brothers;
2021 USA Described DVDs:
The Croods: A New Age;
A Call to Spy;
Let Him Go;
Love, Weddings & Other Disasters; Tesla;
Wild Mountain Thyme;
Jungleland; Lupin III: The First;
Love and Monsters.
USA Described DVDs:
2021 | 2020 | All
Since 1997 | For Children
Don’t Make Low-Vision Viewers Choose Between Vibrant 4K Picture and Audio
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Audio Described TV Shows
100 Days Wild; Gold Rush: White Water; Lost Relics of the Knights Templar;
Moonshiners: Master Distiller; Mysteries of the Deep; Street Outlaws: Mega Cash Days; check schedule for times.
Sundays at 7pm. Feb 16
Frozen in Time; Rehab Addict Rescue. Feb 16
Debris, Mondays at
10pm (premiere Mar 1). Feb
Kenan, Tuesdays at
8:30 pm; Young Rock,
Tuesdays at 8 pm. Feb 16
Best Friends Furever With Kel Mitchell and Tails of
Valor - Saturday mornings.
View: TV Shows
by Network or
TV Shows by Day.
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
Due 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
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.
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!