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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 InstagramWe are:  adp.acb.org.


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Featured Articles

Red Award Ribbon ADP Achievement Award Winners Announced

On July 10, at the ACB Annual Conference in Jacksonville, FL, we announced the winners of the annual Audio Description Project Achievement Awards. Read the complete list of award winners! You can also watch the presentation on YouTube. Congrats to all the winners, and thanks for your contributions to audio description. (Posted July 10)

Brandon Cole, head and shoulders, holding a caneNew In Memoriam: Brandon Cole

Perhaps Brandon Cole's legacy as an award-winning accessibility consultant and advocate is best embodied in his handle, @superblindman. He was especially well-known for his contribution to video gaming. Read Descriptive Video Works post honoring Brandon. (Posted Jul 12)

Bill Stark Head-and-Shoulders photo In Memoriam: Bill Stark

ACB and the ADP extend our sincere condolences to the friends, family, and colleagues of Bill Stark, founder of the Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP) and a leader in the development of accessible media. Bill helped make thousands of educational videos accessible to Deaf, hard-of-hearing, blind, visually impaired, and deaf/blind students. We are grateful for all he has done, and we are honored to partner with DCMP to continue the work Bill started and advanced so greatly. Read more about Bill's life and legacy. (Posted Jun 25)

American Council of the Blind Audio Description Project Spend Your Summer with the ADP

Wondering what to do this summer? Don't worry - the Audio Description Project is here for you. Mark your calendars now so you don't miss a moment of the excitement!

June 27-29: The ADP Conference. Concluded. Audio will be available later this summer..

July 10: The ADP Awards and BADIE. Concluded. The recipients of the 2024 ADP Awards have been chosen. Read the complete list of award winners or watch the presentation on YouTube. Read the list of BADIE winners.

July 20-August 4: Audio Description People's Choice Award, final voting round. The finalists will be announced in June so you'll have plenty of time to do your research and then cast a vote for your favorite movie and series audio description. The winners will be revealed at the Awards Gala on Thursday, November 14, at 7:30pm ET.

September 9-13: The Audio Description Institute. Go back to school and learn the fine art of writing audio description. Registration will open in August (we'll announce it here).

And of course there's always our one-of-a-kind master list of audio-described titles when you're in the mood to relax with some great accessible media. Enjoy! (Updated June 29)

Shop on Amazon to Support the ACB/ADPSupport Us!  Making Holiday Purchases???

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.

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.

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!)

Audio Description News

Paris 2024 Olympics Logo NBCUniversal Announces Enhanced Accessibility for the Olympics

The Paris Olympic Games take place July 26 - August 11, and NBCUniversal continues its commitment to accessibility by providing more audio description than has been available for any previous Games. According to the press release, "All coverage on NBC, including daytime, primetime, and late night, and the Gold Zone whip-around show on Peacock, will feature audio description provided by Descriptive Video Works. In a first for a U.S. broadcaster, audio description services for NBC coverage will be provided in stereo, enhancing the quality of sound for viewers." For more details, access the full press release. (Posted Jul 2)

A TV set with the words "S A P Feature" on the screen Change in "Mandated" TV Networks for AD

Beginning July 1, 2024 through June 30, 2027, the top five national nonbroadcast networks will be HGTV, Hallmark, TLC, TNT, and TBS, with TNT replacing the History network (source). As always, Fox News, ESPN, and MSNBC have an exemption from the audio description rules due to airing primarily live and near-live programming. The 4 broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC) are unchanged. (Posted Jun 27)

The Poster House Logo: an open pair of lips in blue on white Vibrant Verbal Description Tours: NYC Travel Posters and The Anatomy of a Movie Poster

Every month, Poster House in NYC offers Vibrant Verbal Description Tours (typically via Zoom) specifically for community members who are blind or have low vision. Their tours allow you intimate access to the items in their current shows and permanent collection. Here is the remaining tour for this month:

Events are free. To RSVP, visitors can email access@posterhouse.org or call 914-295-2387. For the Zoom event, you will be emailed poster images for reference as well as information about accessing Zoom the day of the virtual tour. (Updated May 17)

DVDs and Blu-ray discs DVDs and Blu-ray discs New DVDs & Blu-ray Discs with AD

Of the over 1700 described DVDs available, the following were released this year.  Here are the newest ones (last two weeks):

SAP Feature New Audio Described TV Series

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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.

Master AD Video CountLooking For a Described Movie or TV Series?

If you are looking for a movie or TV series with description in the USA, please consult our Master AD List. It includes current cinema titles, all TV series on FCC-mandated networks, those in syndication with streaming services, plus original offerings from Apple TV+, Disney+, Hulu, Max, Netflix, Paramount+, Peacock, Prime Video, and Tubi. All commercial DVDs ever produced with description are also listed, plus every described movie on the nine free and fee subscription streaming services, plus the transactional services: iTunes, Google Play, and Fandango at Home. 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?


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. As an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases, which help support the cost of bringing you this website..

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 Founder and Senior Consultant 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, Italian, 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!