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The Audio Description Project

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 what titles are available in various media.  Join our online discussion, follow us on Facebook or Twitter We are:  adp.acb.org.


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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.

Podcast:  Subtitles for the Blind

Want to hear a great podcast, very professionally produced?  David Pogue has produced a 49 minute podcast covering the history of audio description, lots of samples, problems and solutions, and a nice pointer back to this website!   Well worth your time.  Listen to Subtitles for the Blind.  (Posted Jan 14)

BADIE Logo: Benefits of Audio Description In EducationDeadline for BADIE 2022 Contest Extended!

Once again, the Audio Description Project and the Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP) are co-sponsoring an exciting opportunity for blind and visually impaired young people, ages 7 to 21:  the Benefits of Audio Description In Education (BADIE) contest.  Young people choose an audio-described film or video from the more than 6,000 educational titles available through DCMP - visit www.dcmp.org.  They watch the film, then write an evaluation of its audio description, commenting on the extent to which the description enhanced or detracted from their experience with the film.

Contest winners receive first, second, and third place prizes, and the grand prize winner is awarded an iPad Mini and the chance to read his/her winning essay at the ACB's National Conference and Convention. Teachers of first place winners also receive prizes.

To register for the contest, find guidelines and prize information, learn how audio description is created, and get tips for writing a good review, visit www.badiecontest.org.  The deadline for contest entries is February 21, 2022, and winners will be notified in late March of 2022.  (Updated Jan 11)

Year-End 2021 Webmaster Report

The number of audio described titles we list on the ADP website grew dramatically during 2021.  In January, we hit 5000; and now at the end of December, we have almost reached 7000, a nearly 40% increase!  The key reasons for the increase were:

  • The addition of two new streaming services with AD:  HBO Max and Peacock
  • The addition of titles from the Google Play Store
  • The conversion of CBS All Access to Paramount+, and their increase in described titles
  • With cinemas reopening, those titles added to the list also
  • Prime Video added 500 new titles for predominantly older movies and series all at once, though the fact that they had their description voiced via Text-To-Speech was not without controversy.

During the year, 129 movies with AD made it to cinemas as they reopened.   42% of the 106 now out of the cinemas made it to DVD, though some more may come in 2022.

125 DVDs with AD tracks were released.  Disney and its subsidiaries described 100% of their 16 major DVDs this year.  Universal did well with 81% of their 37 DVDs, while Warner Bros and Shout! Factory described about 60% of theirs.  Sony and Paramount hit 40%, while Lionsgate brought up the rear as usual with 13% of their 70 DVDs (the highest number of total DVDs by far for all studios).  On the other hand, RLJ Entertainment dba Image Entertainment released 25 DVDs, none of which had AD.

New user options were added to the website during the year:

  • USA AD Service Providers were made available by categories, plus Search by name
  • A search of titles on the Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP) website was added to our own Search page for described titles
  • Weekly updates of all new AD offerings by service were mailed to the ADP Email Discussion List and made available online, sorted by service
  • We added a page of older (pre-2000) movies with AD, sortable by Vendor or Decade
  • Several streaming service listings were updated to include year of release and to allow users to display titles by year
  • Listings were updated to allow the user to display Series and Movies separately (that was a user suggestion)
  • The TV By Network page was enhanced to include more information, like shows currently active, last seen dates, and comments
  • New TV Networks were added to both the Daily and By Network page:  E!, Hallmark, and TLC.
  • We started posting Website Tips.

Internal website work included the move to new servers, which changed our external URL; some color and white space changes to align better with the ACB website; working with several streaming vendors to get weekly listings directly from them rather than having to search on our own; and eliminating over 50 separately maintained pages by automating programming and using a common web page to display results.

What's ahead for next year? We'll see what the proposed merger of HBO Max and discovery+ brings; and we have heard that two more streaming services will be adding audio described titles. The ACB is approaching a third service to urge them to add AD titles, too.

Finally, I would like to thank my associates who contribute to the website:

  • Vicki Vogt from Perkins Library, who supplies the weekly Cinema data
  • Timothy Wynn, who curates the daily TV listings (that's a LOT of work!)
  • Serina Gilbert, who has taken over as Social Media Coordinator, promoting all new website content

Fred Brack, ADP Webmaster, 12/31/21

Tip:  Turning on AD on an Apple TV

Audio Description TipHere's a tip about how to turn on audio description on an Apple TV.  Press the Siri button and say "Switch to English," swipe right once, then press Select. While you can say "Switch to English Audio Description," it won't, just leaving you on English ... so don't waste words!  (Posted Oct 12)

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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!)

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.

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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 Described DVDs and Blu-ray Discs

2 DVDs with audio description were released on January 18:  Last Night in Soho; The Addams Family 2.  2 DVDs with audio description were released on January 11:  Dune; Halloween Kills.  2 DVDs with audio description were released on January 4:  Antlers; Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (4K).

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Next Week Jan 25:  Moffie.

USA Described DVDs:  2022 | 2021 | All Since 1997 | For Children

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SAP Feature New Audio Described TV Shows

ABC Promised Land.  Jan 18

Street Outlaws (1/11); Street Outlaws: Farmtruck and AZN; Garage Rehab (1/4).  Updated Jan 11

HGTV Home Inspector Joe (1/14); Married to Real Estate (1/14); Unfinished Business (1/4).  Updated Jan 14

Flower Shop Mysteries (1/18); Hannah Swensen Mysteries (1/18); Matchmaker Mysteries (1/18); Emma Fielding Mysteries (1/14).  Updated Jan 18

Audio Describer Training

Roadmap covering various audio description media like TheatreThere are now two opportunities this winter for training to become an audio describer or increase your skills as one.  From now through the end of January, Bonnie Barlow is teaching classes of from 1 to 4 students.  And, just announced, Access Virginia is teaching an on-site class in Newport News, VA, on January 21.  For details, see our Education page.  (Updated Dec 21)

Looking For a Described Movie or TV Series?

6000+ AD VideosIf you are looking for a movie or TV series with description, 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 ten streaming services (Apple TV+, Disney+, Google Play, HBO Max, Hulu, iTunes, Netflix, Paramount+, Peacock, Prime Video).  All commercial DVDs ever produced with description are also listed, plus every described movie on the eight streaming services.  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?

Support Us!

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.

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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!