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Past News Articles About Audio Description

This page contains selected news items previously featured on our main page, starting in 2022.

For previous AD news articles, see our listing from 2010 to 2014 and 2015 to 2018 and 2019 to 2022.


A group of people, one of whom is in a wheelchair, another of whom carries a white cane Described Videos That Feature a Person with a Disability

We have created a list of titles featuring one or more persons with a disability. The titles may or may not be available to view at any particular time; but by clicking on each title, you will be advised of where you may find them. The pointer to Described Videos That Feature a Person with a Disability is in our Reference listing below. (List Updated on June 28)

Multicolored Pride FlagAudio Described Films for Pride Month

Celebrate Pride Month with over 150 movies about the joys, sorrows, challenges, and triumphs of the LGBTQ+ community. Feel free to let us know about titles we've missed. (Updated Jun 29)

A hand drops a ballot into a box: Cast Your VoteCall for Nominations for the 2024 Audio Description People’s Choice Award - Closes Sunday May 19!

The American Council of the Blind (ACB) announces that the Audio Description People’s Choice Award is open for nominations. The winners will be revealed during the 2024 ACB Audio Description Awards Gala, which will take place virtually on Thursday, November 14th, at 7:30 PM Eastern Time. The Audio Description Awards Gala celebrates inclusivity and recognizes the entertainment industry’s role in providing access to film and television through audio description for people who are blind or have low vision. The Audio Description People’s Choice Award, now in its third year, is a unique opportunity for fans to get involved by showing their support for the audio description they love the most.

“In the first two years of the Audio Description People’s Choice Award, more than a thousand people participated. This is a unique opportunity for all AD fans to support the shows, writers, and voice talent they count on to make media more accessible,” said Scott Thornhill, ACB Executive Director.

The selection process for the Audio Description People’s Choice Award takes place in two phases. First, ACB will accept nominations in two categories, film and series, from May 4 through May 19. Second, the top titles in each category will compete for the grand prize during a two-week voting period from July 20 to August 4.

Nominee selections must follow the nomination criteria to be eligible for the finalist vote; then use the People’s Choice Award nomination form. To vote by phone, call 202-559-2042. This fall, join us at the 2024 Audio Description Awards Gala for an exciting evening featuring celebrity guests as we applaud audio description! Learn more at (Posted May 4)

11,000 AD Videos!Another Milestone: 11,000 Described Videos!

It's just a number, but it's a BIG number! In the last seven months we have added another thousand described videos to our Master AD List. We are also up to over 4,000 videos available in the USA with description in languages other than English. (Posted Apr 16)

BADIE: Benefits of Audio Description in EducationMeet the 2024 BADIE Essay Contest Winners

The Audio Description Project (ADP) and the Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP) are proud to announce the winners of the 2024 BADIE awards. Celebrating the Benefits of Audio Description In Education, the contest invites students who are blind or have low vision to watch an audio described (AD) video and write an essay evaluating the quality and usefulness of the AD. This year’s winners are:

Red award ribbonCall for Nominations for the 2024 ADP Awards

What do a chef, a museum, and a very large telescope have in common? They were all recipients of a 2023 ADP Award! The ADP Awards recognize achievement in audio description in seven categories, including media, performing arts, museums, the public sector, and research and development. Nominations will be accepted from January 8 to April 21, 2024, and the winners will be announced in July at the American Council of the Blind’s Conference and Convention.

Yo hablo espanolVoices of Inclusion: Pioneering the Fusion of Dubbing and Audio Description

You know what dubbing is, and you know what audio description is. For a person with visual impairment, both must be available simultaneously to full enjoy a foreign film. Read this article by Dicapta CEO Maria-Victoria Diaz to learn more. (Posted Apr 9)

CMT Music Awards SignCMT Music Awards - Audio Description

OK, Country Music fans, Sunday's CMT Music Awards on CBS Sunday April 7th starting at 8pm (in each time zone) will be audio described. The show will also be carried live on Paramount+ AD, but the streamed version later should have it (though perhaps not right away...). (Posted Apr 4)

Photo of Dr. PfanstiehlNew ACB and ADP Recognize Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month, and we’re proud to honor Dr. Margaret Rockwell Pfanstiehl (pronounced FAN-STEEL), a lifelong advocate for people who are blind or have low vision and a pioneer in the fields of accessibility and audio description.

Margaret, who was almost entirely blind due to retinitis pigmentosa, was on the leading edge of the accessibility movement. In the early 1970s, after earning her Ed.D. degree, she garnered support and funding around the Washington, D.C., area and founded the Metropolitan Washington Ear, an organization that continues to provide services today.

In the early 1980s, Margaret and her husband Cody developed The Ear's audio description program, the first ongoing description service in the world. Margaret and Cody, along with a core group of Ear volunteers (including Dr. Joel Snyder, the founder of the Audio Description Project) began offering description at Washington's Arena Stage and other area theaters.

Public Comment Period for the Draft Audio Description Specialist Certification Criteria Closing March 31

The Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation & Education Professionals (ACVREP) is establishing the Certified Audio Description Specialist (CAUDES) certification to formally recognize individuals who are proficient in audio description best practices across a wide range of formats and venues. Areas of practice include, but are not limited to, prerecorded media, performing arts, interactive displays, live events, museums, and education. The ACVREP is inviting the public to provide comments and feedback on the draft criteria for the CAUDES certification. View the criteria documents. The 60-day public comment period will close on March 31, 2024. Written comments can be submitted to, putting CAUDES in the subject line. Related: Audio Description Specialist Certification With Kim Charlson & Lolly Lijewski (Outlook on Western Radio). (Updated Mar 29)

Jess CurtisChoreographer and Access Advocate Jess Curtis

Choreographer and access advocate Jess Curtis died suddenly in the San Francisco area on March 11. Not only was Jess an innovative choreographer for his company "Gravity," he actively explored ways in which his work benefited from the involvement of people who are blind or have low vision. He championed the use of audio description to make dance accessible. Read a tribute article by KQED. Photo by Sven Hagolani. (Posted by Dr. Joel Snyder on Facebook, Mar 14)

Logo: A big F followed by Fandango at HomeVudu is Now Fandango at Home

The transactional streaming service Vudu, owned by Fandango Media (which is in turn jointly owned by NBCUniversal and Warner Bros. Discovery), has changed its name to Fandango at Home. At least for now, the website is still, which is pointed to from (which is for movie tickets). We have changed the name in our navigation links (above). (Posted Mar 14)

NCAACP Image Awards LogoNAACP Image Awards Airing with Description

For the first time in BET history, audio description will be available for a live telecast. The NAACP Image Awards airs live on Saturday, March 16, at 8:00 PM ET/PT on BET, CBS Television Network, BET Her, VH1, CMT, Comedy Central, Logo, MTV, MTV2, Paramount Network, Pop, Smithsonian Channel™, TV Land, and streaming on Paramount+. It is not clear that all networks will carry description, though we know that Paramount+ will not. (Posted Mar 14)

A cardinal in a circle with the words "Cardinal Rule Press"Cardinal Rule Press Now Offers Children's Illustrated Books with AD

A second company is now offering some children's illustrated books with audio description. You can visit Cardinal Rule Press to read about the books and get links to Amazon to order. They are also listed on our Other Media page, along with Imagination Storybooks. (Posted Mar 7)

Podcast logo: A microphone with soundwaves around itAudio Description Podcast with Tabitha

Canadian podcasters at AD Banter sit down with ADP Project Coordinator Tabitha Kenlon to discuss audio description, her background, and the Audio Description Project. Listen to the podcast or read the transcript. As a reminder, all the individual podcasts about audio description and all the ones dedicated to AD are listed on our Podcasts page. (Posted Mar 11)

A young girl with headphones reads a script in a booth 12-Year-Old Provides AD for London's National Theatre

In late January 2024, a 12-year-old girl wrote and delivered the audio description for 80 users at the National Theatre’s Olivier Theatre in London for Roald Dahl’s ‘The Witches.’ Read the story and/or listen to a 16-minute RNIB podcast with describer Eleanor and National Theatre's Head of Accessibility. (Posted Mar 3)

Netflix Audio Described SAG Awards Described on Netflix Stream

This year's Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards show on Saturday, February 24, was live described on Netflix by Descriptive Video Works. The streamed version is also audio described: (Updated Feb 25)

Google Google's Guided Frame Commercial ... with AD

During Sunday’s Super Bowl, a commercial for Google’s Pixel Guided Frame highlighted the importance and value of accessibility in consumer technology. Bridge Multimedia provided the audio description for this important message. ACB applauds technology companies that are prioritizing accessibility to create a more inclusive experience for all. Check out the commercial with audio description titled “Javier in Frame,” on YouTube. Read a USA Today article about the commercial. (Posted Feb 13) 

BADIE: Benefits of Audio Description in Education Updated Lights, Camera, Description!
New Deadline: February 19th

The American Council of the Blind’s Audio Description Project (ADP) and the Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP) are accepting entries for BADIE, or the Benefits of Audio Description in Eduction, an essay contest for blind and visually impaired young people (ages 7 to 21), from now through February 19th. It’s a great chance for students to engage with accessible learning materials, unleash their inner film critic, and compete for fun prizes. (Updated Feb 9)

The gold Oscar statueAnd the Nominees Are… How and Where To Find the 2024 Academy Awards Nominations with Audio Description

If you’re a movie fan, you probably can’t wait to watch the Oscars on March 10. To help you get ready, we've compiled a list of nominated films in all categories and where to find the ones with AD. Grab your popcorn and choose your own winners! Note that streaming services and movie theaters change what films they offer; this list is accurate as of January 23, 2024, and will not be updated. See our list of nominees; then use our Find A Video page to look for where a title may be available with AD in the future. Please note that we have a separate page on Best Picture winners since 1927. (Updated Jan 24)

The abbreviation C V T A and 2023 over a lightning boltWhy the Communications, Video, and Technology Act Matters

In this article, ADP Project coordinator Tabitha Kenlon tells us "Three Reasons to Love the CVTA" and urges you to advocate for it. Read: Why the CVTA Matters. (Posted Jan 21)

Photo of Fred BrackWebmaster's Year-End 2023 Report

As we march into 2024, I would like to reflect on some of the progress we have reported on the ADP Website throughout the past year. We started the year with 8,717 titles available with audio description, and we ended the year with 10,604, an increase of nearly 22%. Here are some of the key events during the year that helped increase that number.

Dancing Yellow Figure 1 Dancing Yellow Figure 2 Dancing Yellow Figure 3It Takes a Village ...

Your ADP webmaster would like to take a moment to thank all the contributors who make the contents of this website meaningful. That includes Timothy Wynn, who compiles the daily TV listing; Vicky Vogt, who sends me all the cinema titles weekly; Tabitha Kenlon, our ADP Project Coordinator, who has written many of the articles for this page and advises on other topics; Joel Snyder, ADP Founder, who contributes here, there, and everywhere; ADP Steering Committee chairs, Kim Charlson and Carl Richardson; and the chairs and members of our six committees. And of course I couldn't compile all those streaming service described titles without the cooperation of the major streaming services themselves and their assigned interfaces.
Fred Brack, ADP Webmaster


2024 Audio Description Institute Schedule

The ACB's Audio Description Institute teaches you everything about audio description and prepares you to be an audio describer. In 2024, the class dates will be April 8-12, 2024 and September 9-13, 2024. The classes will meet from 1 pm to 5 pm Monday through Friday and be taught virtually using Zoom. Registration for the April class will open on February 1, 2024, and will be announced here and via our social media platforms. For now, you can view the ADI Announcement from a previous class for more information. (Posted Dec 6).

AD Gala Replay of the Audio Description Awards Gala

Did you love the Audio Description Awards Gala on November 14? If so, you can catch it again and love it even more! And if you missed it, don't despair - it is still available! The Awards Gala is a fabulous celebration of audio description and inclusion. Here's how you can access the show right now. The Awards Gala is available on:

Visit for more information and to make a donation to help the ADP continue its advocacy for audio description. (Updated Nov 20)

ADP in Conversation Community Event Recording Now Available

It takes a team to create audio description, and that team is increasingly composed of both sighted and blind professionals. On November 11, the Audio Description Project and the ADNA Presents podcast sponsored the third in a series of ACB Community Events that brings together people who are blind or have low vision to discuss their careers in audio description. Panelists included Colleen Connor, Brandon Cole, and Krishna Washburn. If you missed the discussion (or loved it and want to listen again), here’s the recording. Note: The recordings are all accessible via our Podcasts page. (Posted Nov 17)

AD Gala Don’t Miss the Audio Description Awards Gala

It’s almost time for the most inclusively glamorous awards show of the year. The American Council of the Blind (ACB) presents the third annual Audio Description Awards Gala on November 14 at 7:30 PM ET. Join hosts Marilee Talkington and Conchita Hernandez Legorreta as they welcome special guests from the arts, entertainment, and sports worlds to recognize outstanding achievement in audio description. Haga clic aquí para la versión en Español. (Updated Oct 26)

National Parks Service Sign Exercise Your Creativity and Help Make National Park Brochures Accessible

Join the 2024 Descriptathon in February 2024 and help make national parks more accessible! ACB, the National Park Service, and UniDescription (UniD) are recruiting volunteers to create audio descriptions for selected national park brochures. Teams are composed of people who are sighted and people on the blindness spectrum, all of whom will collaborate to describe maps, paintings, and visual images within park brochures. All meetings are held remotely, so you might find yourself learning about a park in your state or across the continent. (Posted Oct 24)

SAP TV FeatureConsumer Reports "Watching TV While Blind" Discusses Accessible Television

A recent article in Consumer Reports addresses technology and regulations as it investigates how to make visual media accessible to all.

A and D with soundwaves and Braille letters underneathAudio Description for Free!

Did you know that there are several streaming services offering movies with audio description tracks for free?  Sometimes you don't even need to sign up. Here they are: (Posted Oct 16)

A starburst with the word "Smithsonian" underneathVisit Smithsonian Museums Wherever You Are

Explore American history and art through audio description, in person or online. Here are a few Smithsonian museums that provide description on their websites (Posted 10/5):

PodcastADP in Conversation Community Event Recording Now Available

It takes a team to create audio description, and that team is increasingly composed of both sighted and blind professionals. On September 9, the Audio Description Project and the ADNA Presents podcast sponsored the first in a series of ACB Community Events that brings together people who are blind or have low vision to discuss their careers in audio description.

If you missed the discussion (or loved it and want to listen again), here's the ADP in Conversation recording. Panelists include Satauna Howery, voice talent; Fern Lulham, voice talent and broadcaster; and Rebecca Odum, AD quality control specialist. (Updated Sep 19)

Question mark Survey on Audio Described Videos

The National Library of Medicine (NLM), part of the National Institutes of Health, has created a series of audio described (AD) videos. As the world's largest biomedical library and a leader in biomedical informatics/computational health data science research, NLM is committed to enhancing information accessibility for all, so they are conducting a survey to evaluate the effectiveness of their AD videos and to improve the user experience. (Posted Sep 19)

Can You Tell Me How To Get Audio Description?

Yes, we can! Sesame Workshop and Dicapta have recently announced a collaboration that will improve accessibility for shows like Sesame Street, Cookie Monster’s Foodie Truck, Plaza Sesamo, and “The Feelings Garden.” Read the press release and explore the Sesame Workshop YouTube channel and the Plaza Sesamo YouTube channel. (Posted Sep 15)

The AD Logo: A D followed by three sound wavesEven More New Streaming Services with AD Titles

We've now added SIX new services to our Other Media listing, which we use for the services which supply a relatively small number of audio described titles. We have added a few titles from Broadway HD, Curiosity Stream, Magellan, MGM+, Pluto TV, plus 40 titles from ReelAbilities Stream. (You can rent a free title from ReelAbilities by the use of code "rffacb" (all lowercase) by December 31.) In addition, Philo is now passing through audio description on six networks, including Hallmark. We will add additional services as we find them. (Updated Sep 8)

10,000 AD Videos!10,000 Titles with Audio Description!

Audio description has come a long way since the ADP title catalog started keeping track in 2010. Then, there were 101 DVDs with AD and streaming services didn't exist. Now there are 10,000 titles across multiple platforms and in multiple languages. All major streaming services have more than doubled the number of titles available with AD over the last few years; for example, in 2016, iTunes and Netflix provided a combined 750 titles, and they now offer more than 2,000 each. The ADP thanks everyone who has helped create these 10,000 titles – the producers, writers, voice talent, sound engineers, quality control, consumers, and advocates. We can’t wait for the next 10,000 titles, so keep listening and keep advocating! (Posted Sep 6)

SpotlightAD Spotlight: Interview with Sam Gould of Open Door Theater

Sam Gould was a guest on the ADP Conference's panel about AD for Kids. In an interview that recently aired on WGBH, she discussed joining Open Door Theater, a theater program committed to fostering an inclusive and accessible environment, more than 20 years ago. Now, she is the president of the nonprofit and remains dedicated to providing an accessible theater experience for all. Listen to the Gould interview. (Posted Sep 1)

Celebrate Labor Day with Audio Description

In 1894, Labor Day became a national holiday to recognize workers. The workplace has been a favorite setting for Hollywood producers nearly as long, so here are a few job-related films and series to enjoy this Labor Day. (Posted Sep 1)

The words Pluto TV, white on blackPluto TV (Free) Now Offers AD

It's been in the works for awhile, but Pluto TV has announced its initial list of audio described content. You need to sign up, but the service is free (ad-supported). Currently, they support web access, iOS devices (like the iPhone), and Android. You'll find their list of titles (from Arrival to World War Z) at Pluto TV's audio described titles or the ADP List of Pluto AD titles. Note that it's slim pickins on the series episodes for now, so focus on the movies. (Added Aug 30)

Podcast iconADP Conference Podcasts Now Available

If you missed the ADP Conference in June, or loved it so much you want to listen again and again, you're in luck! All seven sessions are available as podcasts, thanks to the hard-working ACB Media team. We also appreciate all our facilitators, hosts, and panelists who helped make it such a great conference. Later you can return to find these links on the Conferences page also. Happy listening! (Posted Aug 24)

The CVTA Explained Listen to CVTA Explained
More from the Streaming Services Listen to More from the Streaming Services
ACVREP Certified Audio Description Specialist (CAUDES) Update Listen to Certified AD Specialist
AD Across the Arts Listen to AD Across the Arts
Audio Description Research Listen to AD Research
Audio Description for Kids Listen to AD for Kids
Audio Description Across the Globe Listen to AD Across the Globe

Flag of Australia: white stars on a dark blue background, with a red X overlayed by a red cross in the upper leftAn AD Update from Down Under

The BADIE committee was joined by a special guest at its August meeting. Polly Goodwin, an audio description writer, voice talent, and advocate based in Australia, shared her experience starting a similar AD essay contest for young people there. The committee loved her ideas – keep reading for Polly's story. (Posted Aug 21)

Charactures of 4 kidsBack to School with Audio Description

As students and teachers prepare for another academic year, enjoy some films and series about school, from kindergarten to college. Don't worry – there won't be a test! (Posted Aug 11)

Reel Abilities Stream - Accessibility on DemandReelAbilities Stream

ReelAbilities Stream is "an accessible streaming platform, featuring films celebrating the lives and stories of people with disabilities," including audio description for all titles. The titles were previously presented at ReelAbilities Film Festivals. Like iTunes and certain other services, it is transactional based (pay-per-view), rather than a subscription service. Read an article about the ReelAbilities service. They offer 40 or more described titles. View our listing of ReelAbilities Stream titles. Want to try the service for free? We have arranged for our website patrons to get one title for free ($3.99 value) by the use of code "rffacb" (all lowercase) by December 31, 2023. You will find a link to the ReelAbilities Streams titles on our Other Media page. (Posted Aug 8)

DancersAn Update from the ADP Performing Arts Subcommittee

The Performing Arts, Museums, and Parks Subcommittee continues to raise awareness of and advocate for audio description through a combination of virtual and in-person activities. (Posted Aug 8)

A hand putting a vote in a ballot boxVote Now for the 2023 Audio Description People's Choice Award

The Audio Description People's Choice Award final voting period is now open! There are two categories (film and series) with five finalists in each. You can listen to samples with audio description for the finalists, then cast your ballot online, or vote by phone by calling (202) 596-7041. Voting closes on August 15 at 11:59pm ET.

Winners will be revealed during the 2023 ACB Audio Description Awards Gala, which takes place virtually on November 14th at 7:30 p.m. ET. Read the full press release. (Posted Aug 1)

CVTA 2023Accessibility Legislation Update

Just in time for the 33rd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (July 26, 2023), here's some promising news from Capitol Hill. Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Representative Anna G. Eshoo (CA-16) announced on July 25th that the Communications, Video, and Technology Accessibility (CVTA) Act has been reintroduced. This legislation would update and strengthen existing accessibility regulations secured through the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA) to stay up-to-date with the proliferation of new technologies, from video conferencing platforms to artificial intelligence, that have become prevalent since the CVAA became law in 2010.

The CVTA builds upon the success of the CVAA and ensures individuals with disabilities have equal access to mainstream communication platforms and the technology services needed to participate in professional, educational, recreational, and civic spaces. The CVTA bolsters standards for television programming and emergency communication, expands accessibility requirements – including closed captions and audio descriptions – to online platforms and video conferencing services, and equips the federal government with the ability to improve accessibility of emerging technologies.

Read the full press release and the text of the bill. (Posted Jul 26)

Red RibbonADP Awards Winners Announced

The American Council of the Blind and the Audio Description Project are pleased to announce the 2023 winners of the ADP Awards. These awards honor the people and organizations that make outstanding contributions to the quality, availability, and understanding of audio description. View the awards video.

The winners are:

VocalEye Logo with three sound waves at the end Enjoy Audio Described Art with VocalEye

If it's too hot to go outside, stay in and catch up on VocalEye's Almost Live events. You'll find filmed theatre with audio description, author readings, described visual art, music, and even time travel. VocalEye is a Canadian nonprofit that works to provide greater access to theatre, arts. and cultural events for people of all ages who are blind or have low vision. Explore Almost Live. (Posted Jul 21)

Vision Aware Logo, white on black with three colored stripes at the bottomAudio Description Makes Theatre, TV and Movies Accessible

"If you think the visual performing arts are only for sighted people, you're missing out on a world of entertainment. That's because audio description turns theatre, television, and movies into inclusive experiences. It provides narration for the visual elements of a production, such as scene changes, settings, costumes, physical movement, and more." Read the whole article, based on an interview with Kim Charlson, co-Chair of the ADP. (Posted Jul 14)

July Is Disability Pride Month

Celebrate Disability Pride with these audio described movies. (Posted Jul 7)

Celebrate Independence Day with Audio Description

When you get tired of barbecues and fireworks, relax with an audio described movie about America's past, real and imagined. (Posted Jun 30)

All the President's Men - Prime Video
The American President - Prime Video
An American Tail - Prime Video
Apollo 13 - iTunes, Prime Video
Born on the Fourth of July - Netflix
Forrest Gump - iTunes, Prime Video
Hamilton - Disney+
Harriet - DVD, iTunes, Prime Video, Spectrum Access
Hidden Figures - DVD, Disney+, iTunes, Prime Video
Independence Day - iTunes, Prime Video
Lincoln - DVD, iTunes, Prime Video
National Treasure - iTunes, Prime Video
Reservation Dogs [series] - Hulu
Saving Private Ryan - DVD, Google Play, Paramount+, Prime Video, Spectrum Access

Paramount Plus With ShowtimeParamount+ Merges with Showtime

On Tuesday, June 27, 2023, Paramount+ officially merged with Showtime. Everyone on the Premium tier (now $11.99/month) gets full access to everything on Showtime, while those on the Essential tier (now $5.99/month with ads) do not. (Read the details on TechHive.) We are listing Showtime programing which has AD with the regular Paramount+ titles, but we tag each one with "(Showtime)" as a comment, AND we provide a button to just list the Showtime titles. We no longer list AD titles on the Showtime app, which is expected to disappear by year-end.  (Posted Jun 27)

Tubi logoIntroducing Audio Description on Tubi!

The free ad-supported streaming service tubi began offering audio described content in June, and we are now listing their described shows on their own page. They are off to a substantial start (over 100 titles) and have many Tubi Originals, too. Check out our listing of Tubi titles with AD! (Posted Jun 25)

Pride, Audio Described

Celebrate Pride Month with movies about the joys, sorrows, challenges, and triumphs of the LGBTQ+ community. With compelling plot-lines and engaging characters, these films and series demonstrate diversity, unity, and humanity. We can't list all the great LGBTQ+ movies here, but these should get you started. (Posted Jun 17)

The ADI Logo: Audio Description Institute in blue text surrounded by a red circle with the words, "Audio Description Project" Registration Now Open for the Audio Description Institute

The Audio Description Institute will take place virtually on August 14–18, 2023, from 1pm to 5pm Eastern. Participants will learn about and practice the key principles of writing effective audio description. The course is created and led by Dr. Joel Snyder, founder of the Audio Description Project; he'll be joined by sighted and blind AD professionals. Class size is limited and registration closes on August 4. The course fee is $550 (scholarships are available). Click here for complete details and enroll today! (Posted Jun 13)

Tom Hanks Films with Audio Description

Start your summer with a splash! Break out your cloud atlas, hop the Polar Express, or go on a Hawaiian vacation. Whether you're saving Private Ryan or Mr. Banks, cracking the Da Vinci code, or fighting Charlie Wilson's war, Tom Hanks will get you through anything that's extremely loud and incredibly close, including sleepless nights in Seattle and on Apollo-13. So if it's not a beautiful day in the neighborhood, escape the inferno and the news of the world, tell your troubles, "catch me if you can," and enjoy these audio described Tom Hanks movies. (Posted Jun 9)

frndly TV Now Offers AD

frndly TV is a family-friendly live TV streaming service with 30 channels including 3 Hallmark channels, History, Lifetime, A&E, CuriousityStream, and the Weather Channel for $7 per month ($2 more for a DVR). They now support audio description on select channels, including Hallmark and History. Some networks offer on-demand streamed content. (Posted Jun 9)

Announcement Call for Nominations for the 2023 Audio Description People's Choice Award

The Audio Description People's Choice Award is now open for nominations! This is a unique opportunity for fans to get involved by showing their support for the audio description they love the most.

The selection process for the Audio Description People's Choice Award takes place in two phases. First, ACB will accept nominations in two categories, film and series, from June 6 through June 26. Second, the top titles in each category will compete for the grand prize during a two-week voting period from July 25 to August 8.

Nominee selections must follow the nomination criteria to be eligible for the finalist vote. Then use the Audio Description People's Choice Award nomination form to submit your nomination. To submit your nomination by phone, call (202) 596-7041.

The Audio Description Awards Gala celebrates inclusivity and recognizes the entertainment industry's role in providing access to film and television through audio description for people who are blind or have low vision. Join us at the 2023 Audio Description Awards Gala for an exciting evening featuring celebrity guests as we applaud audio description! Learn more at the Awards Gala website. (Posted Jun 6)

BADIE ContestBADIE Winners Announced!

The ADP's BADIE essay contest received dozens of entries from students across the country. Our judges were impressed by the writing skills and the engaging critiques of audio description in educational and entertainment media. We thank everyone who submitted an essay. Read the complete list of winners and learn more about the BADIE contest. (Posted May 26)

The word max in lowercase letters in blue against whiteHBO Max Becomes Max

On May 23, 2023, HBO Max merged with discovery+ to become Max. The new service will provide more than 6,500 hours of audio described content, including favorite lifestyle brands like Magnolia, TLC, and HGTV, as well as HBO Originals and Max Originals. Each show's content details page will indicate whether audio description is available, and the Audio Description Library makes it even easier to find shows with AD. For more details about subscription plans and improved accessibility features, such as screen reader, color contrast, and magnification support, read the official announcement from Max. Additionally, users can access Max's Search function and the Max Audio Description Collection to find both new and old shows. Our listing of Max AD Titles is now fully updated with over 900 titles, over 160 of them new. (Updated May 25)

A flat screen TVWhat TV is Like for the Visually Impaired

'"It was … a totally different program," he says. "It's just so good."' That was Thomas Bryan's experience having watched a show in a motel room without audio description, then seeing a recording of the same show back home with audio description. Read about Thomas' experience. (Posted May 23)

The text "Audio Description Project" in a circle surrounding "American Council of the Blind" and the letters A D P followed by a soundwaveAnnouncing the ADP Conference Schedule

The ADP Conference is taking place virtually from Thursday to Saturday, June 22–24. There will be seven panels, covering serious topics like the CVTA and AD certification, and slightly more light-hearted discussions of AD for kids, AD across the arts, and AD around the globe. Visit the ADP Conference page for complete details on all the panels, and mark your calendars now! (Posted May 19)

Logo: ReelAbilities STREAM: Accessibility on DemandReelAbilities To Launch New Streaming Service

Since 2007, ReelAbilities has been organizing film festivals dedicated to sharing the lives and stories of people with disabilities. It has announced plans for a new transactional-based streaming service (effectively pay-per-view), promising a "gold-standard level of digital accessibility," including audio description. The service is set to debut in July, which is Disability Pride Month. Read an article about the ReelAbilities service, or sign up for more information (including a free video rental). (Posted May 19)

Star Wars May the Fourth: Star Wars with AD

Happy Star Wars Day! There aren't enough hours on May the Fourth to watch even half of the films and series from the franchise that first took us to a galaxy far, far away more than forty years ago. But with all this audio description, we don't blame you for trying. The list below is not comprehensive – check out ADP's title catalog for even more! (Posted May 4)

Lego Star Wars Summer Vacation: DISNEY+
The Mandalorian [Series]: DISNEY+
Obi-Wan Kenobi [Series]: DISNEY+
Star Wars Complete: DVD
Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace: DVD, DISNEY+, ITUNES, PRIME-VIDEO, SPECTRUM-ACCESS
Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones: DVD, DISNEY+, ITUNES, PRIME-VIDEO, SPECTRUM-ACCESS
Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith: DVD, DISNEY+, ITUNES, PRIME-VIDEO, SPECTRUM-ACCESS
Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope: DVD, DISNEY+, ITUNES, PRIME-VIDEO
Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back: DVD, DISNEY+, ITUNES, PRIME-VIDEO, SPECTRUM-ACCESS
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens: DVD, DISNEY+, ITUNES, PRIME-VIDEO
Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi: DVD, DISNEY+, ITUNES, PRIME-VIDEO
Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker: DVD, DISNEY+, ITUNES, PRIME-VIDEO
Star Wars Rebels [Series]: DISNEY+
Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi [Series]: DISNEY+

CrownThe Coronation of Britain's King Charles III

The coronation of Britain's King Charles III took place on Saturday, May 6, 2023, with audio description provided by both CBS and NBC.

If you'd like contextual information to help better understand the ceremonies and traditions, visit the Countdown to the Coronation series on YouTube. (Posted May 3, but updated here to remove the live roadcast details. No legal copies of the broadcast exist.)

PS: If you are in the UK, you may enjoy The Coronation Concert on the BBC iPlayer. Sorry, only works in the UK. (Added here May 13)

A big red questionmarkWebsite and Social Media Survey

The Audio Description Project team wants to know what you love and what you'd change about our website and social media. We're here for you, so let us know how we're doing by taking a short survey. Thanks in advance – we can't wait to hear from you as we continue to make the ADP even better! The deadline is Monday, May 8. (Updated May 2)

ShowtimeShowtime AD Now Available With Paramount+

Later this year Paramount+ and Showtime will formally combine; but right now, for just $2 more than a Paramount+ subscription, you can add Showtime to Paramount+ as a bundle. Audio description of Showtime programming in the bundle is now rolling out, and we have added the first 12 described Showtime titles to our Paramount+ listing. There are many more to come. See Paramount+ AD Titles. (Posted Apr 29)

A collage of streaming service namesHow Streaming Services List Titles with AD

A new addition to our Streaming Services page is information on how each streaming service that offers AD lists those titles; that is, do they have their own listing of titles with AD (we show you the URL), and do they mark those titles online with an AD icon?  (Posted Apr 29)

Red Award ribbonLast Call! Submit Your Nominations for the 15th Annual ADP Awards

Help the ADP recognize outstanding contributions to the field of audio description! Each year at the ACB Convention, we honor exemplary individuals and organizations through the ADP Awards. Visit our Call for Nominations page to learn more about the award categories, previous winners, and how you can submit your nominations. The deadline is Friday, May 5. (Updated Apr 28)

The AD logoTouch Tours in Houston

A theater in Houston is working to ensure that everyone can enjoy their performances by giving visually impaired guests the opportunity to tour the stage, try on costumes, and touch the props, allowing them to experience plays in a new way. NBC News' Maura Barrett has the story. (Posted Apr 14)

The FIFA logo: two colorful soccer balls with F I F A underneathAD for the FIFA Women's World Cup

FIFA has announced that this year's Women's World Cup, to be held in Australia and New Zealand starting July 20, "is set to be the most inclusive edition of the tournament to date." Audio description will be provided at the stadiums for soccer (or football) fans who are blind or have low vision.  Read more by visiting FIFA's website.  (Posted Apr 11)

The letters DCMP in blue on a white backgroundDCMP Nominated for Webby Award

ACB and the ADP congratulate our friends at DCMP on their nomination for a Webby Award! We team with DCMP to present the BADIE essay contest, which encourages students to write about their experiences with the educational audio described material DCMP provides. Read more about the significance of DCMP's Webby Award nomination and vote through April 20 for DCMP for the People's Voice Award!  (Posted Apr 7) 

ADP Update: Advocacy in Action

ACB and the ADP have multiple initiatives that advocate for and provide education about audio description in film, television, streaming services, live events, museums, parks, the workplace, and schools. Get the latest on efforts to improve the quality and availability of audio description, and find out how you can get involved. Read our Advocacy article.  (Posted Apr 4)

The numbers 007 followed by a gun pointing to the rightNobody Does It Better: James Bond Movies with AD

Put on your white dinner jacket, get your vodka martini ready – shaken, not stirred – and enjoy the gadgets, car chases, stunts, one-liners, villains, and narrow escapes that make James Bond films instant classics. In order of release, here's a list of all the 007 movies that currently have audio description.  (Posted Apr 1)

Goldfinger: PRIME-VIDEO
Thunderball: HBO-MAX
You Only Live Twice: HBO-MAX
The Man with the Golden Gun: HBO-MAX
Moonraker: HBO-MAX
Octopussy: HBO-MAX
The Living Daylights: HBO-MAX
Tomorrow Never Dies: HBO-MAX

An All-Star AD Line-Up

Are you a baseball fan?  Are you counting the hours until opening day?  If you can't wait to hear the umpire yell, "play ball," the crack of the bat, and the roar of the crowd, here are some movies with audio description for you to enjoy until it's time to root, root, root for your home team!  (Posted Mar 21; icon by Icons8)

61*:  HBO-MAX
A League of Their Own (series):  PRIME-VIDEO
Fever Pitch:  PRIME-VIDEO
Field of Dreams:  PRIME-VIDEO
How To Play Baseball:  DISNEY+
Mr. Baseball:  PRIME-VIDEO
The Rookie:  DISNEY+
Say Hey, Willie Mays!:  HBO-MAX

BADIE: Benefits of Audio Description in EducationLast Chance to Enter the BADIE Essay Contest!

The deadline to submit an essay is Friday, March 31. Listen to a podcast about BADIE and then learn how to enter. The contest is a great way for young people (ages 7 to 21) to engage with accessible learning materials, unleash their inner film critic, and compete for fun prizes. BADIE is sponsored by the American Council of the Blind's Audio Description Project (ADP) and the Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP).  (Updated Mar 29)

4-Leaf CloverAD for St. Patrick's Day

Celebrate all things Irish with a movie!  Here are a few options:

The golden Oscar statueReplay: The Oscars with AD

Audio Described replays of The Oscars are available via the free ABC app.  Once AD has been activated for the first time, additional shows or clips from shows will have AD on.  In the app, the Oscars have been divided into separate clips.  AD was not observed on the ABC website, however.  (Posted Mar 13)

The UniDescription logo:  A brown letter D with a pattern of red and blue rectangles inside Check Out the Latest from UniD

UniDescription (UniD), which works to create audio described brochures of America's parks, recently added the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks to its catalog.  ACB and the ADP partner with UniD to form teams of park employees and ACB members to ensure accurate and helpful description.   Learn more about UniD, or virtually visit the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.  (Posted Mar 7)

Intrepid Museum  LogoAudio Description Spotlight: The Intrepid Museum

Learn about the NYC Intrepid Museum's exciting opportunities online and in person for people who are blind or have low vision.  Read the Intrepid Museum article.  (Posted Mar 3)

Audio Description Spotlight: AD and Dance

In mid-April, Art Spark Texas and Gravity Access Services will host a workshop to develop a vocabulary for describing movement and dance.  Interested?  Learn more about the training and registration.  (Posted Feb 17)

The gold Oscar statue given to winnersAnd 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.

Update See Mac the Movie Guy's "Best of 2022" lists, now archived. (Posted Jan 31)

The golden Oscar statueAudio Description at the Oscars

The Oscars will be audio described from start to finish by Descriptive Video Works.  Tune into ABC on Sunday, March 12, from 6:30pm (Eastern) for the Countdown to the Oscars pre-show and the awards ceremony at 8pm. The description team will include Nefertiti Matos Olivares (a blind describer), Erin Muroski, and Joseph V. Amodio.  (Posted Mar 7)

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 Feb 11):

Audio Description InstituteLast Call! Next 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.  Registration closes Feb 13.  (Updated Feb 7)

National Parks Service Sign with a tree, mountain, and bisonPerforming Arts, Museums, and Parks ADP Subcommittee Report

As part of the committee's collaboration with sites around the country to promote the use of audio description, the committee recently assisted in finding participants for the National Park Services annual Descriptathon and worked with the 9/11 Memorial Museum to add audio description. Read the full committee report.  (Posted Feb 3)

Foreign Language Names with English crossed outA 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 backgroundIt'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)

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)

An artist at workDescription of Art

While most visitors to this website may be interested in audio description of films, description of art is a very welcome service.  Read: Expanded museum audio descriptions help the sight-impaired envision the art.  (Posted Jan 3)

Fred BrackADP Website Year-End 2022 Report

At the end of 2021, I reported that we listed nearly 7000 video titles with audio description on this website (the only such listing in the world!).  Now, a year later, that number is 8717, a 25% increase.  The only new streaming service added during the year was Vudu, which like iTunes and Google Play Store, is a transactional streaming service as opposed to the eight subscription services that we list.  Some interesting facts:

In 2023 I hope to introduce new title listings for two streaming services, and we'll see what happens with the Warner Bros Discovery merger of HBO Max and Discovery+.  I will also be adding foreign language AD titles for Prime Video, just as we have for Netflix and Disney+ today.  What additions or changes would you like to see?!  (Posted Jan 1)

Fred Brack, webmaster (email link at the bottom of every page)