Dear Young People (ages 7-21), TVIs,
and Audio Description enthusiasts!
The AMERICAN COUNCIL OF THE BLIND's
AUDIO DESCRIPTION PROJECT (ACB-ADP)
DESCRIBED AND CAPTIONED MEDIA PROGRAM
Annual BENEFITS of AUDIO DESCRIPTION
IN EDUCATION Contest
(formerly the Young Described Film
"Listening Is Learning" Initiative
The mission of the American Council
of the Blind's (ACB) Audio Description
Project (ADP) is to promote and advocate
for the use of high-quality Audio Description
in television, movies, performing arts,
museums, educational materials and other
venues where the presentation of visual
media is critical to the understanding
and appreciation of the content.
The mission of the DCMP is to promote
and provide equal access to communication
and learning through described and captioned
educational media. The ultimate goal
of the DCMP is for accessible media
to be an integral tool in the teaching
and learning process for all stakeholders
in the educational community, including
students, educators and other school
personnel, parents, service providers,
businesses, and agencies. DCMP HAS A
COLLECTION OF SOME 6000 DESCRIBED AND
CAPTIONED educational media titles available
to those students and their teachers
Kids love movies! Movies, videos
and other forms of multimedia are, these
days, integral to public, private, and
special education curriculum.
If you're a young person who can't see
or can't see well, audio description
provides access to all the visual images
of the movies that your sighted peers
The Benefits of Audio Description In
Education (BADIE) contest wants you
to experience media with audio description
and then tell us about what you've experienced! Here's
how the process works:
Register for the contest on the DCMP
You, your classroom teacher or TVI-and
perhaps your entire class-will then
choose an audio described film from
the more than 6000 titles available
through DCMP (the film can be downloaded
or streamed) OR you can
borrow an audio described video or film
from your talking book library, or your
local public library. Dozens of audio
described videos are also available
through the ADP's website at:
Once you've watched the video or film,
you have a chance to win prizes for
yourself and your teacher AND recognition
for your school. And--a
chance to hold the awesome title:
A BADIE award-winner!
All you need to do for a chance to win
is to write, type or record your own
review of the film or video that you
There are four contestant entry categories:
Sophomore (ages 7 to 10), Junior (ages
11 to 15), Senior (ages 16 to
Alternate Assessment *.
(* The Alternate Assessment category
refers to students whose participation
in their general statewide assessment
program (testing in Math, Science and
Language Arts) is not appropriate, even
with accommodations. Alternate Assessment
student performance is evaluated at
three levels of complexity. Student
achievement is reported through performance
levels described as emergent, achieved
and commended. Access Points are academic
expectations written specifically for
students with significant cognitive
You can enter the contest as many times
as you like! Contest winners in
each category will be chosen by January
of 2017, and
the grand prize winner will receive
an iPad Mini!
Each first place student winner will
receive a $100 iTunes gift card.
Each second place winner will receive
a $50 iTunes gift card.
Each third place winner will receive
a $25 iTunes gift card.
Each supporting teacher who has a winning
student will be awarded a $100 Amazon
All who enter the contest will be awarded
certificates of participation.
FOR ENTRIES - Wednesday, November
You can submit entries anytime between
now and Wednesday November 30 2016.
Be the first to submit your review!
All data on the application form must
be submitted online, but the film reviews
may be submitted in hard copy braille,
large print, or audio format.
Send us your recorded or written entry
(in regular or large print or
via email or postal mail (submissions
from outside the United States are fine).
Send your entry to:
ACB-DCMP Benefits of Audio Description
1703 N. Beauregard St., Suite 420
Alexandria, VA 22311 USA
phone: 202 467-5083
You will need to include these details:
Which age category? -- Sophomore
(ages 7 to 10), Junior (ages 11
to 15), Senior (ages 16 to 21)
or Alternate Assessment.
Name of school and class or if home-schooled
School address and phone number
Name of teacher and TVI
The title of the film or video that
you are reviewing
Don't forget to attach your review!
And before you submit your review, please
consider our --
TIPS FOR WRITING THE ULTIMATE FILM
1. Keep it short: 250 words
maximum. Tell us which specific
parts of the audio description gave
you the most vivid sense of what
was happening in the film. How did
the audio description make you feel?
How did it help you learn? Which
description did you like best, and
which did you not like? Why?
Write in the present tense.
For example: "the main character
of the film is called" or "when
the film starts, he or she does
this or that".
Make it fun! Just because
you're writing a review doesn't
mean it can't be fun to read. Make
it as entertaining as possible for
4. Dish the Dirt! Say exactly
what you think (but say it well).
Tell the reader whether you loved
or hated the film or video but be
certain to say why. The judges want
to hear your personal opinion.
5. Don't tell the story. You
only have 250 words so don't waste
them telling the story. Readers
only need to know the outline of
the plot and a little bit about
the main characters.
6. Be a reporter! If you can,
take notes while you're watching
the film (write down memorable quotes,
significant moments, etc.).
7. Make time. The best reviews
are written while the film is still
fresh in the mind, so do try to
get your ideas down as soon as possible
after seeing the film.
8. Edit! Don't forget to re-read
your review, edit it, then prepare
a finished version.
9. No cheating! Make sure
your work is original and not copied
from another source in any way.
10. Meet your deadline. Even
the most famous and best paid film
critics in the world have to get
their reviews done on time so don't
forget your deadline:
Wednesday, November 30, 2016.