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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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A red ribbon shaped for an awardACB Announces 2022 Audio Description Award Recipients

The following awards will be presented on July 4 during ACB's 61st annual conference and convention.

  • Achievement in Audio Description — Performing Arts/Individual: Maryfrances Evans, Executive Director, Iowa Radio Reading Information Service, Des Moines, IA
  • Achievement in Audio Description — Performing Arts/Organization: Prime Stage Theatre with Nathan Ruggles, Audio Describer, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Achievement in Audio Description — Media/Individual: Norma Jean Wick and Tony Ambrosio, Descriptive Video Works, Ontario, Canada
  • Achievement in Audio Description — Visual Art/Museums/Visitor Centers/Individual: Holly Griesemer, Management and Program Analyst, National Park Service Midwest Region/Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance and Accessibility Programs, Omaha, NE
  • Achievement in Audio Description — Visual Art/Museums/Visitor Centers/Organization: Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kill Devil Hills, N.C.
  • Achievement in Audio Description — International: World Blind Union, Toronto, Canada
  • Achievement in Audio Description — Public Sector: Centers for Disease Control Accessibility Program and Office of the Associate Director for Communications, Atlanta, GA
  • Dr. Margaret R. Pfanstiehl Memorial Achievement Award for Research and Development — Audio Description: Dr. Elisa Perego and Dr. Christopher Taylor, University of Trieste, Trieste, Italy
  • Barry Levine Memorial Award for Career Achievement in Audio Description:  Mark Turits, Vice President, Captioning and Audio Description/Access Services, Paramount Global, New York, NY

Read the Awards Press Release.  (Posted Jun 14)

A notepad with "Agenda" written at the topADP Conference July 1-8 Agenda

This year's ADP Conference will be held as usual in conjunction with the annual ACB Conference.  You may attend in person in Omaha, Nebraska, or virtually via Zoom.  You will find full information on our Conferences page, including a pointer to the full agenda and how to register.  Here are our sessions:  (Updated May 31)

  • Panel Presentation: Audio Description, "Nothing About Us Without Us": Blind Consultants, Voiceover Talent, and Production Professionals Involved in Creating AD
  • Panel Presentation: Audio Description Update on TV Broadcast and Cable Networks and the CVAA
  • Panel Presentation: Self Description: Too Much or Just Enough - Blind Community Perspectives
  • A Day in the Life of an Audio Engineer/Describer
  • ADP Awards Presentation
  • Take a Walk in the Park: Get Up and Get Moving as You Explore our Midwest National Parks through the National Parks Service's Healthy Parks, Healthy People Program
  • Update and Audio Describe Your Profile Photo (on-site only)
  • Get to Know More About the 2022 Audio Description Project Award Winners
  • Brett Oppegaard, The UniDescription Project  (ACB General Session)

Webinar: Audio Description on the Rise.
Why Everyone is Doing it and You Should, Too!

Vitac held the subject webinar on June 1, 2022, and has kindly published a video of it.  Learn what audio description is, how it's created, and how it's being used, as well as how audio description can benefit all audiences.  This recorded webinar features information from Dr. Joel Snyder, Audio Describer, and Carl Richardson, ADA Coordinator/504/Diversity Officer; details on what's involved in producing audio description; highlights of what consumers want in their audio described programs; and provides updates on audio description regulations and requirements.  Watch the Vitac Webinar.  (Posted Jun 7)

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.

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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!)

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 Description News

FireworksMacy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular to be Audio Described

According to an NBC Press Release, the two-hour show will be audio described on Monday, July 4 from 8-10 PM EDT on NBC and will stream on Peacock.  An encore presentation will follow from 10-11 PM ET/PT on NBC.  (Posted Jun 29)

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:

VUDUVudu Now Listing Titles With AD

The transactional streaming service Vudu is now listing a few titles with audio description for rent or purchase.  Because they have indicated to us that they plan to request AD tracks from vendors from now on, we have integrated them into our service.  You can view the titles on our new Vudu AD page.  (Updated Jun 19)

The Audio Description Institute logo in a red circleNext ADP Audio Description Institute Scheduled

If you want to learn how to become an audio describer and/or understand what is involved in audio description, the next Audio Description Institute is August 8-12, 2022, 1 - 5 pm each afternoon, and will be held virtually. See the ADI Announcement for details and to register.  (Posted Jun 7)

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*

FCC Seal, red letters on a dark blue circleFCC Online Forum on Audio Description

The FCC held a Video Programming Accessibility Forum - Online Audio Description on Monday, March 28.  The Forum explored the state of audio description availability for online video programming, including best practices and technical issues, and also how to enhance accessibility, such as voluntary actions to promote online audio description.  You can now watch and listen to the forum on YouTube.  (Updated Mar 29)

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.

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?

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.

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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 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, 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!