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Welcome to the Audio Description Project!

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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Featured Articles

Photo of Colleen and her guide dogColleen Connor: Audio Description Advocacy Icon

Recently, Bold Blind Beauty ran an article on Colleen Connor, the owner of Audio Description Training Retreats (ADTR).  You can learn about her background in a DC museum, rewriting the audio described tour of the museum, and how this lead to her co-ownership of ADTR, of which she is now the sole proprietor. Read the article about Colleen.  (Posted May 17)

Book CoverThe Routledge Handbook of Audio Description

The Routledge Handbook of Audio Description is now available in hardcopy and eBook, including Kindle and BookShare.  In 38 chapters written by industry experts (including Joel Snyder and his wife), it "provides a comprehensive overview of the expanding field of audio description" in all fields.  (Updated May 20)

Three smartly dressed woman from the Netflix series 'Emily in Paris'Addressing Fashion in Audio Description

Any audio describer will tell you there is never enough time to properly describe a show, so compromises have to be made.  But sometimes describers may not realize what may be important, or more important, to blind listeners.  This article, Blind and Low-Vision Viewers Care About Screen Style — So Why Does Audio Description Skip It?, presents the arguments:

  • Characters' outfits are rarely viewed as important enough to describe
  • What a character is wearing really informs a lot about who they are
  • Fashion descriptions ... need an upgrade
  • There should be a knowledge of fashion, even if it's just having an understanding of the fashion vocabulary
  • It's important for blind and visually impaired people to have access to knowing what the current trends are.

Something for all of us describers to think about!  (Posted Apr 26)

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.

Website address: jw.orgAudio Descriptions Make Conventions More Accessible to Blind and Visually Impaired

For three years now, Jehovah's Witnesses have been including audio description in their extensive collection of conference videos.  "The continued production of the audio descriptions is part of the ongoing efforts of Jehovah's Witnesses to make spiritual food readily accessible to the world's estimated 43 million people who are blind and 295 million people who are visually impaired."  Their approach is interesting:  "When considering a segment of the convention, the Witnesses' team initially listens to the audio only, without seeing the video portion, mimicking the experience of someone who is blind or visually impaired." Read the JW story about AD.  (Posted Feb 4)

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:

SAP Feature New Audio Described TV Series

Note!  On May 17, we updated our TV by Network page to indicate what series are renewed for the Fall, which are now in their final season (because they have been canceled), and we removed those canceled series which completed this past quarter:  ABC: Queens; CBS: B-Positive and Good Sam; FOX: Our Kind of People and Pivoting; NBC: Kenan and The End Game; TBS & USA: The Last O.G.  We have also published the networks' proposed Fall 2022 Lineup.

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*

FCC Seal, red letters on a dark blue circleFCC Online Forum on Audio Description

The FCC held a Video Programming Accessibility Forum - Online Audio Description on Monday, March 28.  The Forum explored the state of audio description availability for online video programming, including best practices and technical issues, and also how to enhance accessibility, such as voluntary actions to promote online audio description.  You can now watch and listen to the forum on YouTube.  (Updated Mar 29)

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.

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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 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, 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!