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Here 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, follow us on Facebook or Twitter.  We are:  adp.acb.org.


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Elizabeth KahnRemembering Elizabeth Kahn

In 2009-2010, we had a page honoring Audio Description Advocates.  The last one we honored was Elizabeth Kahn of Cary, NC.  Unfortunately, Elizabeth passed away unexpectedly last week after a short illness.  We want to take a moment to honor her contributions to audio description via this updated version of our 2010 comments.

In 1992 when the executive director of Arts Access of Raleigh, NC, invited Elizabeth Kahn to audition to be an audio describer, she knew this was a marriage made in heaven.  Born with a severe vision impairment - fortunately improved with several eye operations - Elizabeth grew up in New York City, the daughter of a music and arts critic.  She got to attend theater, concerts, opera and ballet for free from the best seats in the house.  Unfortunately, even in the best seats she could only take in the big picture; details, like facial expressions and props, were beyond her.

Elizabeth was able to benefit from her broad cultural and academic background and her experience with low vision to serve both as a describer/trainer and advocate for making the arts accessible for people with blindness and low vision.  She was a musician with a Ph.D. in music history and comparative literature.  She was a founder of the Classical Voice of NC, who posted a wonderful tribute to her.  She was particularly interested in developing strategies and techniques for describing opera, musical theater and dance, and contributed significantly to Dr. Joel Snyder's book, "The Visual Made Verbal" in the section where he discusses Opera.  Elizabeth noted, "There are numerous challenges when it comes to describing with music because that's what people come to hear.  No one wants a describer yakking in their ear non-stop, even when it might mean missing some visual details."

The longest-serving member of the board of Arts Access, Elizabeth trained several generations of local describers, as well as groups in the Carolinas and Maryland.  When the Captioned Media Program suddenly needed to include description for its K-12 videos, Elizabeth started Bill Stark and his team on its way.  She also worked as a describer and sighted guide for members of the North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities and became an audio-describing docent for the NC Museum of Natural History.  She will be missed.

Fred Brack and Joel Snyder, 9/28/21

Featured Articles

Blue Play buttonWebinar:  The Rapid Expansion of Audio Described Content Providers and Subscribers

If you missed the webinar, the feedback was good, and you can now watch the webinar online.  A text transcript is also available.  (Posted Sep 28)

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Sighted and low vision users may note our "new look," with increased white space in response to a growing trend in website design.  There are also some small color changes and a few other layout updates.  (Posted Sep 21)

Audio Describer Training

Audio describer with a maskThere are two opportunities this fall for training to become an audio describer or increase your skills as one.  For details, see our Education page.  (Posted Sep 21)

  1. From now through the end of November, Bonnie Barlow is teaching classes of from 1 to 6 students.
  2. Audio Description Training Retreats is teaching another Level 1 class from October 28-31.

New Website Feature:  New AD Titles

Eyeballs overlooking 'New AD'Each Friday we have been sending out an update to our Email Discussion List of all the videos with AD released in the previous week.  The response has been positive, so we are now offering this information online, right here.  If you follow the link at the top of this page or on the Master AD List to See the latest updates, we'll show you whatever new shows have been released in the 10 days prior to our latest updates.  (We generally update on Tuesdays and Fridays.)  You can click a button (link) to see only your specific streaming service or category of interest, or you can read through the entire list.  The list includes current Cinema, DVDs, TV Series, and nine streaming services.  (Posted Sep 14)

Did You Know?Website Tip:  Choosing Videos for Children

We offer several ways for you to choose audio described titles best suited to children under 13.  (Posted Sep 21)

  • DVDs For Children lists only DVDs rated G or PG.
  • In any of the streaming service listings, you can select the button labeled "By Rating," then select "Young Children" or "Older Children."
  • We also offer general information on our Described Programming Oriented Toward Children page where we note that a third of Netflix described programming is oriented towards children.
  • And of course there is a ton of children's programming on Disney+.
  • Finally, you will want to check out Imagination Videobooks.

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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!)

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.

Audio Description News

Audio Described DVDs and Blu-ray Discs

1 DVD with audio description was released on September 28:  The Forever Purge. 4 DVDs were released with audio description on September 21:  Cruella; F9: The Fast Saga; Last Call; The Vigil.

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Next Week October 5:  Escape Room: Tournament of Champions; Six Minutes to Midnight; Space Jam: A New Legacy.

USA Described DVDs:  2021 | 2020 | All Since 1997 | For Children

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New  Want to know when your favorite fall TV series premieres?  Look it up in our TV by Network listing!  We've added what we can find out online.

ABC Wildlife Nation With Jeff Corwin.  New  Sep 28

CBS Bob Hearts Abishola; NCIS: Hawai'i. Updated  Sep 21

Fox Alter Ego; Our Kind of People; The Big Leap. Updated  Sep 17

HGTV Outgrown; Renovation, Inc: The Lake House; Houses With History.  Updated Sep 28

NBC Roots Less Traveled; La Brea; Ordinary Joe. Updated  Sep 28

TBS Impractical Jokers; Rhodes to the Top; Young Sheldon; Tacoma FD. Updated  Sep 24

The CW Ready, Set, Pet; The Open Road With Dr. Chris.  New  Sep 28

Rhodes to the Top; Tacoma FD. Updated  Sep 28

TLC Dr. Mercy.  New  Sep 17

USA Network La Brea; Last Man Standing.  New  Sep 28

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Looking For a Described Movie or TV Series?

6000+ AD VideosIf you are looking for a movie or TV series with description, 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 ten streaming services (Apple TV+, Disney+, Google Play, HBO Max, Hulu, iTunes, Netflix, Paramount+, Peacock, Prime Video).  All commercial DVDs ever produced with description are also listed, plus every described movie on the eight streaming services.  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?

Support Us!

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 Amazon Associates, we receive a small commission from each referred sale.

 


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, Portuguese, Polish, 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!