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AD Logo:  The letters A and D followed by three soundwavesHere you will learn everything about Audio Description, from what is it, to samples, to who does it, to what titles are available in various media.  Join our online discussion, and follow us on Facebook,Twitter, or Instagram We are:  adp.acb.org.


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The word "Netflix" in redThe Netflix Commitment to Accessibility

Earlier this year, Netflix held several "Accessibility Screenings" in several locations.  Described by one as "a grand peek behind the curtain at Netflix's accessibility efforts," the screening included an open-AD presentation of "The Gray Man."  The ACB's executive director Eric Bridges was there and is quoted in the following article:  With Accessible Movie Screenings, Netflix Pushes On Normalizing Entertainment Equality For All.  Note that we currently list nearly 2000 Netflix titles with English AD and over 1500 titles with Foreign AD (in the USA).  (Posted Aug 16)

Save the DateACB's 2022 Audio Description Awards Gala

ACB's second annual Audio Description Awards Gala, a virtual event, will take place on November 29, 2022.  It celebrates outstanding achievements in audio description in media and expands awareness of its benefits.  Please save the date to join us on Nov 29th, 2022, to celebrate audio description in media. Visit www.ADAwardsGala.org to learn more. To view the 2021 event, visit: https://youtu.be/a9z5FCBfpNU.  (Posted Aug 5)

The words "Section 508" against a background of stars and stripesSection 508 Subcommittee Report

What's the Committee been up to?

  • Assisted in training 500 primarily state and federal employees on the value of audio description
  • Gave feedback to several federal agencies on how their YouTube videos are not meeting section 508 requirements
  • Successfully nominated the Centers for Disease Control and Office of the Associate Director for Communications for the first ADP Public Sector Award.

Read the full 508 Subcomittee report.  (Posted Jul 29)

Image of a reportPerforming Arts, Museums, and Parks Subcommittee Report

What's the Committee been up to?

  • Advocating with the 9/11 Memorial & Museum leadership regarding integration of AD
  • Researching audio described cruise ship entertainment
  • Consulting with the U.S. National Park Service to make its online brochures more accessible

Read the full Subcomittee report.  (Posted Jul 19)

Feature Your Organization Here

AD Logo Patron getting AD receiver What do YOU do for audio description?  Do you provide services professionally?  Are you a non-profit which has been providing description for local theaters for years?  An independent?  A theatre or museum which provides description?  We'd like to hear from you.  Send us a write-up about your work, and we'll consider it for publication here!  Use the Webmaster link at the bottom of the page.

Did You Know?Website Tip:  Network Shows on Streaming Services

Three of the streaming services with AD offerings are owned by the parent companies of the four commercial broadcast TV networks:  ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC.   You may wonder which of the networks' shows you can find on their streaming service, and we just made that easy for you by adding buttons to select only listings from their TV networks.

  • For Hulu, you can find shows on ABC and Fox.
  • For Peacock, you can find shows for NBC.
  • For Paramount+, you can find shows for CBS.

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The ACB/ADP Amazon.com Associate Link

SUPPORT the ADP Website!  (please ...)

The ACB/ADP Amazon.com Associate LinkIF you make purchases via Amazon, you can help support the expenses associated with the Audio Description Project and this website.  If you shop online by clicking our "Shop Now!" link (which is always on this main page), any and all purchases you make from Amazon will result in a commission to the ACB (American Council of the Blind), our parent organization.  Purchasing videos via our DVDs page counts, as do additional purchases made while buying a DVD.  PLEASE remember this and help us out!  THANKS!  (And of course you can also click the DONATE button at the top of every page!)

Support Us!  Making Holiday Purchases???

Shop on Amazon to Support the ACB/ADP Please support the cost of this website by initiating any Amazon purchases via our link to the right, or just remember to type this address:  adp.acb.org/amazon.  As an Amazon Associate, the ACB receives a small commission from each referred sale.

Audio Description News

DVDs and Blu-ray discs DVDs and Blu-ray discs New DVDs & Blu-ray Discs with AD

Of the over 1400 described DVDs available, the following were released this year.  Here are the newest ones:

Golden Oscar TrophyBest Picture Nominations

The following movies, all of which now have AD tracks, were nominated for Best Picture Oscar.  (Updated Apr 15)

  • Belfast:  DVD, Google Play, iTunes, Prime Video *Best Original Screenplay*
  • CODA:  Apple TV+ *Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor*
  • Don't Look Up:  Netflix
  • Drive My Car:  HBO Max *Best International Feature*
  • Dune:  DVD, HBO Max, Prime Video *Most Awarded*
  • King Richard:  DVD, HBO Max, Prime Video *Best Actor*
  • Licorice Pizza:  Cinema, iTunes, Prime Video
  • Nightmare Alley:  DVD, HBO Max, iTunes, Prime Video
  • The Power of the Dog:  Netflix *Best Director*
  • West Side Story:  DVD, Disney+, HBO Max, iTunes, Prime Video *Best Supporting Actress*

James Webb Telescope Images With Alt Text

The first gallery of images from the James Webb telescope have been presented with very detailed alt-text for images.  If you have a screen reader, you should be hearing these descriptions as soon as you enter the web page. James Webb Telescope First Images Gallery.  You may also read the story behing the images.  (Posted Jul 22)

Looking For a Described Movie or TV Series?

Master AD Video CountIf you are looking for a movie or TV series with description in the USA, please consult our Master AD List.  It includes all TV series on FCC-mandated networks, those in syndication with streaming services, plus original offerings from Apple TV+, Disney+, HBO Max, Hulu, Netflix, Paramount+, Peacock, and Prime Video.  All commercial DVDs ever produced with description are also listed, plus every described movie on the eight streaming services plus iTunes and Google Play.  There's nothing like it anywhere else in the world! 

Feature Your Organization Here

AD Logo Patron getting AD receiver What do YOU do for audio description?  Do you provide services professionally?  Are you a non-profit which has been providing description for local theaters for years?  An independent?  A theatre or museum which provides description?  We'd like to hear from you.  Send us a write-up about your work, and we'll consider it for publication here!  Use the Webmaster link at the bottom of the page.

Help With Promoting Audio Description Locally

AD LogoIf you have the opportunity to promote audio description locally to an organization you belong to or are asked to speak to, we have developed a ONE PAGE document that you can customize as necessary for your area.  It explains briefly what description opportunities are available:  live theatre, TV, DVDs, and internet streaming.  It then points readers to our site to learn more (like specifically what shows, movies, or TV series have description).  Download your own copy for customization by right-clicking the following link:  Audio Description: What's Available?

Shop on Amazon to Support the ACB/ADPSupport Us!

Please support the cost of this website by initiating any Amazon purchases via our link to the right, or just remember to type this address:  adp.acb.org/amazon.  As an Amazon Associate, the ACB receives a small commission from each referred sale.

Also of Interest!


The ACB/ADP Amazon.com Associate Link You can support the ADP website by initiating any purchases you choose to make from Amazon by clicking the link to the right. The ACB is an Amazon Associate, and we would make a small commission from your purchase.

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 Founder and Senior Consultant 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, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Chinese, 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!