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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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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.

Red award ribbonACB's 2022 Audio Description Awards Gala Winners

ACB's second annual Audio Description Awards Gala took place on November 29, 2022.  It celebrated outstanding achievements in audio description in media and expanded awareness of its benefits.  You can view the one-hour ceremony at www.ADAwardsGala.org and Right-pointing arrow read the list of award winners.  Congratulations to all of them!  (Updated Nov 30)

You can also watch the Gala online using Pluto TV.  We have also created a page of instructions for screen reader and voiceover access to Pluto.

ACVREP Certified Audio Describer Open Forum

On October 24, 2022, the Audio Description Subject Matter Expert (SME) Committee of the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation & Education Professionals (ACVREP) held an online Open Forum discussion where Audio Description writers, especially those who are blind or have low vision, were asked to share their process in crafting description.  Using these links, you can listen to the forum or read a PDF of the forum proceedings.  (Posted Nov 22)

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

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 (last two weeks):

NOTE:  On November 1 we added the following DVDs released on October 18th, both of which had conflicting information online as to whether or not they have an audio description track.  If you see any of these in a store (check the rear cover under Languages) or purchase one, please let us know!

  • A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon
  • The Innocents

Image of a man's face with tape over his mouthVibrant Verbal Description Tour: With My Little Eye

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 December 13th from 4pm-5pm:  With My Little Eye: Warnings for the Homefront, an exhibition about World War I posters responding to "spy fever."  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.  (Updated Nov 21)

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?

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*

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.

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!