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Audio Description Project Conferences

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Since 2016, the Audio Description Project (ADP) has held an annual Conference in conjunction with the ACB Convention. In 2020 and 2021, the ADP Conferences were entirely virtual, and in 2022-23, sessions were held virtually, in-person, and in hybrid format. Panels offer a range of topics related to audio description, including scholarly research, national parks, streaming services, and even the circus.

The 2024 ACB Convention: June 27-29 and July 5-12

The 2024 ACB Convention is hybrid in two parts this year. The first part will be conducted via Zoom, and the second part will be in person at the Hyatt Regency Riverfront Hotel in Jacksonville, Florida. The ADP will its have Conference sessions on 3 consecutive days during that first period at the end of June. To be informed of Convention details (if you are not already on the list), send a blank email to acbconvention-subscribe@acblists.org.

2024 ADP Conference (Via Zoom)

Thursday, June 27 – 2:00-3:15 PM ET
Writing Image Description for Graphic Novels and Other Highly Visual Content
Staff from the National Library Service for the Blind & Print Disabled (NLS) Media Lab will discuss the evolution of their approach to writing image descriptions of graphic novels and picture books, presenting challenges they have faced and the best practices they have developed.
Moderator: Celeste Lawson, Head, Media Lab, National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS), Washington, DC
Presenters: Michael Russotto, Narrator; Laura Giannarelli, Narrator; Joy Jones, Narrator; Marie Garnett, Narrator; Dawn Ursula, Narrator; and Ryan Dalusung, Narrator, NLS Media Lab

Thursday, June 27 -- 3:30 PM-4:45 PM ET
Audio Description and Dance: Techniques and Strategies for Expanding Understanding of Types of Dance.
Panelists will share firsthand and research-based strategies and techniques for providing audio description for dance performances.
Moderator: Kim Charlson, Co-Chair, ACB Audio Description Project and Executive Director, Perkins Braille & Talking Book Library, Watertown, MA
Presenters: Krishna Washburn, Artistic Director, Dark Room Ballet, New York, NY; Esther Geiger, CMA (Certified Movement Analyst), WholeMovement, and Audio Description Associates, Takoma Park, MD; Kerry Thompson, Executive Director, Silent Rhythms Inc., Malden, MA; and Celia Hughes, Executive Director, Arts Spark Texas, Austin, TX

Friday, June 28 -- 12:30 PM-1:45 PM ET
Developments in Spanish-Language Audio Description
Panelists will discuss recent progress in the creation, availability, and distribution of audio description in Spanish in the US.
Moderator: Tabitha Kenlon, ACB Audio Description Project Coordinator, Philadelphia, PA
Presenters: Maria-Victoria Diaz, PhD, CEO and President, Dicapta, Orlando, FL; and Conchita Hernandez Legorreta, PhD, Education Consultant, Washington, DC; additional panelists to be announced

Friday, June 28 -- 2:00-3:15 PM ET
Streaming Services: You Might Be Surprised Which Ones Have Audio Description
Come learn about film festivals, streaming services, and alternative video on demand services that provide audio description that you might not knew exist.
Moderator: Carl Richardson, Co-Chair, ACB Audio Description Project and Massachusetts State House ADA Coordinator, Brighton, MA
Presenters: Tubi, Pluto Tv, ReelAbilities, and more

Friday, June 28 3:30 PM-4:45 PM ET
Academic AD: Audio Description and Higher Education.
Panelists will discuss the importance of audio description in higher education and its advantages as a learning and teaching tool.
Moderator: Tabitha Kenlon, ACB Audio Description Coordinator, Philadelphia, PA
Presenters: Susan Glass, English Professor (retired), Freelance Writer, Poet, Saratoga, CA; Natasha Ishaq, Student Ambassador Lead, Teach Access, Inc., and Higher Education Accessibility Consultant, Princeton, NJ; and RaLynn McGuire, Lecturer and Lead Accessibility/UDL Specialist, University of Texas, San Antonio, TX

Friday, June 28 -- 5:00 PM-6:15 PM ET
Audio Description and Artificial Intelligence: What Can and Can’t It Do?
AD and AI—a match made in heaven? Or not? Maybe somewhere in between? Join us for a comprehensive review of how the use of AI can impact the production of audio description—its voicing, its writing, and its editing.
Moderator: Joel Snyder, PhD, President, Audio Description Associates, LLC, Takoma Park, MD
Presenters: Brett Oppegaard, PhD, Professor, School of Communication and Information, College of Social Sciences, University of Hawaii at Mānoa, Manoa, HI; Joshua Miele, PhD, Adaptive Technology Researcher, MacArthur Fellow, Amazon labs, Berkeley, CA; and Tristan Snyder, Freelance Audio Editor, Minneapolis, MN

Saturday, June 29 11:00 AM-12:15 PM ET
Blind Film Critics, Audio Description, and More
Learn how three professional film critics who happen to be blind use audio descriptions to do film reviews and criticism, what they think make for good or bad audio description, and more.
Moderator: Carl Richardson, Co-Chair, ACB Audio Description Project and Massachusetts State House ADA Coordinator, Brighton, MA
Presenters: John Stark, “Mac The Movie Guy,” (macthemovieguy.com), Orlando, FL; Alexander Howard, “The Dark Room” Podcast (buzzsprout.com), Burbank, CA; and Lee Pugsley, “The Dark Room” Podcast (buzzsprout.com), Orangelos, CA

Previous Conference Agendas and Recordings