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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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Featured Articles

The gold Oscar statue given to winnersNew!! And the Nominees Are ...

If you would like to watch the movies nominated for Best Picture or any other Academy Award category, ADP Media Committee Chair Carl Richardson has compiled a complete list of where to find the nominee's films, if they are audio described.  View our list of Academy Award Nominations With AD.  (Posted Jan 31)

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.

AnnouncementNominations Now Open for the 15th Annual ADP Awards

One important aspect of the Audio Description Project involves the recognition of outstanding contributions in the field of audio description.  Each year at the annual ACB Convention, we honor individuals and organizations with Achievement awards.  Please nominate now by visiting our Call for Nominations web page, which lists all the categories and offers several ways to nominate.  (Posted Jan 27)

Circus performers above the words "Omnium, a bold new Circus"Omnium Circus: "A Celebration of Diversity"

Omnium: A Bold New Circus transports the audience into a world of wonder:  the stars of international circus celebrating that disability and diversity shine through the joy and excitement of Circus arts.  You can enjoy "A Celebration of Diversity" on your schedule.  Your ticket gives you access to the audio described performance from 10:00am to 11:59pm EST on the day of your choice and is available seven days a week for the one hour show. More information and tickets at Eventbright.  (Posted Jan 24)

Photo of Pat SheehanSection 508 Subcommittee YE Report

In his year-end 2022 report, committee chair Patrick Sheehan describes the committee's accomplishments, including nomination of the first ADP Public Sector Award to the Centers for Disease Control, and presentations on audio description for GSA's Interagency Accessibility Forum, which in part addressed the benefits and challenges of doing audio description in-house, plus the wonderful work done by the National Park Service on their UniDescription project.  Read the 508 Report.  (Posted Jan 15)

A young woman with long red hair cascading over her shouldersTabitha Kenlon, New Audio Description Project Coordinator

The ACB has hired a full-time coordinator for the Audio Description Project. Tabitha Kenlon, PhD has a scholarly background and experience working in the arts. She taught in Boston and Dubai and recently completed an MSc International Relations at University College Dublin.  She reports to Clark Rachfal, Director of Advocacy and Governmental Affairs, and will coordinate the work of all the ADP contractors (such as for this website) and volunteers.  ACB AnnouncementWelcome Tabitha!  (Updated Jan 10)

Audio Description InstituteNext Audio Description Institute

The next Audio Description Institute will be held virtually February 20-24, 2023, from 1-5 pm, taught by Dr. Joel Snyder and four other professionals.  If you want the best training to become an audio describer (or a refresh) or a voiceover artist for audio description, this is it!  Read the ADI brochure for more information and to sign up.  (Posted Dec 13)

Did You Know?New!! Website Tip:  Disney DVD Chime Feature

If you play a physical DVD or Blu-ray disc of a Disney (or subsidiary like Pixar) title since 2010, when you insert the disc into the player, you should hear a chime.  At this point, if you press 5 on your remote (possibly followed by Enter), the audio description track should be activated.  (Posted Jan 31)

Also of Interest

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.

Reference

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!)

Audio Description News

An airplaneNew!! Vibrant Verbal Description Tour: New Orleans Travel Posters

Every month, Poster House in NYC offers virtual Vibrant Verbal Description Tours 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.  The next tour will be February 21st from 4pm-5pm:  New Orleans Travel Posters.  Please email [email protected] or call (914) 295-2387 to sign up for either event.  You will be emailed poster images for reference as well as information about accessing Zoom the morning of the virtual tour.  (Posted Jan 31)

Foreign Language Names with English crossed outUpdated A Master AD List for Non-English AD

We used to have a separate listing of over 2000 Netflix titles available in the USA with foreign (non-English) audio description tracks.  And we had Disney+ titles with non-English AD tracks listed at the bottom of the Disney+ page.  And now we are able to add Prime Video non-English AD to the list (plus a few Hulu titles) -- but where?  It's time for a new, consolidated master list of foreign AD titles!  See our Master List of Non-English AD TitlesUpdate  We have added a sort-by-service option, so you can easily find only titles for services you subscribe to.  (Updated Jan 31)

The Showtime logo: The word Showtime in black on a white backgroundUpdated It's Showtime, Folks!

We are pleased to add a new streaming service's audio described programming to the ADP website.  Welcome, Showtime, a Paramount Global company.  AD is only available via the Showtime app (not on cable TV).  Currently, AD is not available via the bundling option with Paramount+, but Paramount has assured us they are working on remedying that.  We will let you know when that happens.  Note that while the number of movies and series episodes is limited at present, we expect a significant increase in the future, along with additional device support.  See our list of Showtime described programmingUpdate Paramount has announced that Showtime will be merged with Paramount+ "later this year."  (Updated Jan 31)

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

Of the over 1500 described DVDs available, the following were released this year.  Here are the newest ones (last two weeks):

We have conflicting information as to whether or not the following titles (not listed yet) have an AD track.  Can you help?

  • Bones and All
  • Blade of the 47 Ronin
  • Watcher (not The Watcher)

Red RibbonBest of 2022

Visually impaired reviewer Mac the Movie Guy has been posting his Best of 2022 lists in various categories.  Most of the titles he lists have audio description.  Here are links to his lists (with new lists added as he publishes them, most recently Jan 23):

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?

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 the transactional services:  iTunes, Google Play, and Vudu.  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.

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.


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!