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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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BADIE LogoBADIE 2022 is Open for Submissions!

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 January 31, 2022, and winners will be notified in early March of 2022.  (Posted Dec 3)

The words "Section 508" in blue on white with stars and stripesADP Section 508 Subcommittee Report

The Audio Description Project is guided by a Steering Committee and six subcommittees.  Periodically we offer reports of subcommittee activity.  This report was submitted by Committee Chair Patrick Sheehan.

The Section 508 subcommittee of the Audio Description Project (ADP) has focused on three tracks concurrently in the first half of 2021. These are education, acquisition and AD training from the AD Institute. In the spring of 2021 members of the 508 ADP presented to GSA's bi-monthly 508 meeting promoting the use of AD as either a Reasonable Accommodation (Section 501) or as part of general program access (Section 504). Although the technical standards for implementing AD in the federal government are clear (Section 508) it is sometimes difficult to know when AD is considered a reasonable accommodation or a program requirement. Knowing what has to be done sometimes is easier then figuring out who is responsible for incorporating AD into multimedia projects. This work is ongoing in the federal sector with agencies having differing levels of maturity of AD programs within their agencies.

The 508 subcommittee completed its Vendor Capability Survey and mailed this out to around 120 commercial AD vendors in July. This survey serves two purposes one is to draw attention to the federal sector as an opportunity for commercial AD vendors to apply their expertise. This survey also serves as one step in the market research process that agency procurement officials can use as part of their acquisition strategy for future procurements. The 508 subcommittee is eager to demonstrate to the 508 community that there are an abundant of vendors who can do this kind of work and it will not break the bank.

Lastly, members of federal agencies have enrolled in the Audio Description Institute which met virtually in March this year. The reaction of video and multimedia producers to the training has been very positive. They were unaware of the rigor that is part of the AD process and were surprised at its application in television, movies, theaters and museums. The media producers all agreed that having both the technical producers of AD and consumers as part of this training was worthwhile and very informative. (Posted Dec 3)

2021 Audio Description Awards Gala November 18 at 7:30 pm
American Council of the Blind
Salutes Audio Descriptions Award Winners

In its inaugural year, the Audio Description Awards Gala honored significant achievements that paved the way for creating the Audio Description standard, as well as recognized the best of television, streaming, and the film industry's commitment to accessible media via audio description.  In a one-hour broadcast on November 18th, eight individuals and organizations were honored.   Rewatch the video!  You will find all the honorees in our Press Release on AD Award Winners.  And please use this opportunity to DONATE to the ACB on behalf of the ADP.  (Updated Nov 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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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.

"Say His Name" Streaming w/AD Dec 7, 8:30 EDT

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival LogoSay His Name (Five Days for George Floyd) premiered at the 2021 Big Sky Documentary Festival and is qualified for documentary short for the 2022 Oscars.  Audio description was added by an AD team ( writer, narrator, quality control, and mix) who are all blind or have low vision.  The film will be streamed free and followed by a panel discussion with the Director and AD Team. You must RSVP to attend.  (Posted Dec 3)

Audio Described DVDs and Blu-ray Discs

3 DVDs with audio description were released on November 30:  Malignant; Saint Maud; Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.  3 DVDs with audio description were released on November 16:  Candyman; Jungle Cruise; The Eyes of Tammy Faye.

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Next Week Dec 7: Copshop; Cry Macho; Dear Evan Hansen; One Night in Miami …; Ron's Gone Wrong.

USA Described DVDs:  2021 | 2020 | All Since 1997 | For Children

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New Audio Described TV Shows

Christmas Special!  Although there are many Christmas movies on TV with AD, one of the all-time greats is the 1946 "It's a Wonderful Life" with James Stewart and Donna Reed.  It will air December 4 at 8pm EST per the NBC Schedule.  Please remember:  Our TV by Days schedule, meticulously maintained by Timothy Wynn, lists many Christmas movies and specials, not all of which are properly tagged as having AD in the networks' own listings!

SAP FeatureABC Abbott Elementary (11/30); The Great Christmas Light Fight (11/23).  Updated Nov 30

NBC That's My Jam.  New Nov 30

TBS George Lopez; Harry Potter: Hogwarts Tournament of Houses.  New Nov 26

TNT Shaq Life.  New Dec 3

Yo hablo espanolAudio Description in Spanish

At the present time, we list some titles with audio description in Spanish for three different streaming services.  (Posted Nov 2)

  • Netflix:  158 in LatAm Spanish, 118 in Spain Spanish (separate page)
  • Disney+:  4 titles (search for Spanish in Foreign Language AD section at bottom of page)
  • Hulu:  2 titles (search for Spanish in main listing)

Audio Describer Training

Audio describer with a maskThere is just one open opportunity this fall and 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.  For details, see our Education page.  (Updated Nov 2)

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!