Menu  Audio Description Project

 


Skip Navigation



The Audio Description Project

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 InstagramWe are:  adp.acb.org.


There are over 10,000 titles on the
Red Star Master AD List Red Star
Pointer Latest Additions
Pointer Oldest Described Movies
Pointer All Media AD Counts
Christmas Tree Holiday Themed Videos! Christmas Tree
Check if a video is described!

 


title

text  

Featured Articles

Netflix Audio DescribedUpdated SAG Awards to be Described on Netflix

This year's Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards show on Saturday, February 24, will be described on Netflix. Both the Preshow/Red Carpet at 7pm EST (4pm PST)and Award show at 8pm EST (5pm PST) will be live described by Descriptive Video Works (Darren Polish, Tansy Alexander, and Tristan Snyder). We expect the show recording to remain on Netflix for a while. (Updated Feb 20)

BADIE: Benefits of Audio Description in Education Updated Lights, Camera, Description!
New Deadline: February 19th

The American Council of the Blind’s Audio Description Project (ADP) and the Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP) are accepting entries for BADIE, or the Benefits of Audio Description in Eduction, an essay contest for blind and visually impaired young people (ages 7 to 21), from now through February 11th. It’s a great chance for students to engage with accessible learning materials, unleash their inner film critic, and compete for fun prizes. (Updated Feb 9)

ADI Logo: Text inside a red circle: ADI Audio Description InstituteAudio Description Institute Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for the previously announced Audio Description Institute. Follow the link for details, or go directly to the ADI Registration Form. (Posted Feb 5)

Public Comment Period for the Draft Audio Description Specialist Certification Criteria Now Open

The Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation & Education Professionals (ACVREP) is establishing the Certified Audio Description Specialist (CAUDES) certification to formally recognize individuals who are proficient in audio description best practices across a wide range of formats and venues. Areas of practice include, but are not limited to, prerecorded media, performing arts, interactive displays, live events, museums, and education. The ACVREP is inviting the public to provide comments and feedback on the draft criteria for the CAUDES certification. View the criteria documents. The 60-day public comment period will close on March 31, 2024. Written comments can be submitted to comments@acvrep.org, putting CAUDES in the subject line. (Posted Feb 1)

The gold Oscar statueUpdated And the Nominees Are… How and Where To Find the 2024 Academy Awards Nominations with Audio Description

If you’re a movie fan, you probably can’t wait to watch the Oscars next month. To help you get ready, we've compiled a list of nominated films in all categories and where to find the ones with AD. Grab your popcorn and choose your own winners! Note that streaming services and movie theaters change what films they offer; this list is accurate as of January 23, 2024, and will not be updated. See our list of nominees; then use our Find A Video page to look for where a title may be available with AD in the future. Please note that we have a separate page on Best Picture winners since 1927. (Updated Jan 24)

Red award ribbonCall for Nominations for the 2024 ADP Awards

What do a chef, a museum, and a very large telescope have in common? They were all recipients of a 2023 ADP Award! The ADP Awards recognize achievement in audio description in seven categories, including media, performing arts, museums, the public sector, and research and development. Nominations will be accepted from January 8 to April 21, 2024, and the winners will be announced in July at the American Council of the Blind’s Conference and Convention.

Shop on Amazon to Support the ACB/ADPSupport Us!  Making Holiday Purchases???

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.

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.

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!)

Audio Description News

The Poster House Logo: an open pair of lips in blue on white New Vibrant Verbal Description Tour: The Swiss Grid

Every month, Poster House in NYC offers Vibrant Verbal Description Tours (typically via Zoom) specifically for community members who are blind or have low vision. Their tours allow you intimate access to the items in their current shows and permanent collection. This month's tour will be on February 27th from 4-5pm: Vibrant Verbal Description Tour: The Swiss Grid. Events are free. To RSVP, visitors can email access@posterhouse.org or call 914-295-2387. For the Zoom event, you will be emailed poster images for reference as well as information about accessing Zoom the day of the virtual tour. (Posted Feb 17)

Google Google's Guided Frame Commercial ... with AD

During Sunday’s Super Bowl, a commercial for Google’s Pixel Guided Frame highlighted the importance and value of accessibility in consumer technology. Bridge Multimedia provided the audio description for this important message. ACB applauds technology companies that are prioritizing accessibility to create a more inclusive experience for all. Check out the commercial with audio description titled “Javier in Frame,” on YouTube. Read a USA Today article about the commercial. (Posted Feb 13) 

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

Of the over 1700 described DVDs available, the following were released this year.  Here are the newest ones (last two weeks):

SAP Feature New Audio Described TV Series

NOTE! We update Mid-Season Premiere dates in our TV by Network listing.

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.

Master AD Video CountLooking For a Described Movie or TV Series?

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

Reference

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?


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. As an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases, which help support the cost of bringing you this website..

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, Italian, 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!