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Welcome to the Audio Description Project!

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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2021 Audio Description Awards Gala

In its inaugural year, the Audio Description Awards Gala will be honoring significant achievements that paved the way for creating the Audio Description standard, as well as recognizing the best of television, streaming, and the film industry's commitment to accessible media for blind and low vision audiences in the form of audio description.  This year's honorees have been carefully selected by a diverse group of leaders from the audio description panel who have identified recipients as both audio description content leaders and media industry game changers! The award recipients will receive the newly created ACB Barry Award, in recognition as the best of the best in the field of audio description.  Read the complete Gala announcement.  (Posted Oct 13)

Old movie projectorOld Movies, Now Audio Described

Each of the major streaming service offers some really old movies which now have retrofitted audio description tracks.  While some of the tracks are TTS (Text-To-Speech, synthesized voice), most are not.  The oldest movie is from 1928!

We have built a special interface to pull out those old movies for you, first by service, but with options to list by decade.  Visit our new Older Audio Described Movies by Streaming Service page.  (This link is also at the top of the main page and on the Master AD List.)  How far back does your streaming service go?  Here are the oldest films for each service.  (Posted Oct 12)

  • Apple TV+:  A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)
  • Disney:  Steamboat Willie (1928)
  • HBO Max: The Wizard of Oz (1939)
  • Hulu:  The X-Files TV Series( 1993)
  • iTunes:  Grand Hotel (1932)
  • Paramount+:  The Elephant Man (1980)
  • Peacock:  The Sixth Sense (1999)
  • Prime Video:  Our Town and His Girl Friday (1940)
  • Netflix (not available yet)

FYI:  Streaming Service Costs

Dollar SignHere is a list of subscription streaming services supporting audio description.  Prices are listed low-to-high as of Oct '21, followed by the number of described titles that we list for them on this website.

  • Peacock: $0/mo (over 70)
  • Apple TV+: $5/mo (over 80)
  • Paramount+: $5/mo (over 160)
  • Hulu: $6/mo (over 180)
  • Disney+: $8/mo (over 760)
  • Netflix: $9/mo (over 1700)
  • Amazon Prime: $9/mo (over 3000)
  • HBO Max: $15/mo (over 360)

All prices above are rounded up by 1 cent!  Typically you can prepay for a year of service and get a couple of months "free."  Since these are base prices, paying more money for some of the services will get you additional simultaneous streams, or higher quality video, or more content, or fewer ads -- or some combination.  (Posted Oct 12)

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.  (Read full article...)

Tip:  Turning on AD on an Apple TV

Audio Description TipHere's a tip about how to turn on audio description on an Apple TV.  Press the Siri button and say "Switch to English," swipe right once, then press Select. While you can say "Switch to English Audio Description," it won't, just leaving you on English ... so don't waste words!  (Posted Oct 12)

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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

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Superfest Disability Film Festival

You can get free passes to the online Superfest Disability Film Festival, which runs from Friday October 15th through Sunday the 17th.  View the list of films, or obtain a pass.  Here's the deal on "free":  A "standard" pass is $15; but if you can't pay, you can get a free one with the same privileges, which include full access to all films and prerecorded panels anytime during Superfest weekend (October 15th - 17th).  You may pause and resume at your leisure within the weekend.  (Posted Oct 13)

Audio Described DVDs and Blu-ray Discs

2 DVDs with audio description were released on October 12:  Free Guy; The Green Knight.  3 DVDs with audio description were released on October 5:  Escape Room: Tournament of Champions; Six Minutes to Midnight; Space Jam: A New Legacy.  And here's another DVD we found with audio description released on September 28: Blithe Spirit.

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Milestone:  All 180 Episodes of Seinfeld Description Voiced by Satauna Howery

Sautauna HoweryThere's no doubt about it:  Seinfeld was one of the most popular TV series ever; but of course it didn't have audio description.  But now it does!  And all 180 episodes have been voiced by "our own" Satauna Howery, a member of the ADP Media Committee and a very experienced (blind) voiceover artist.  Listen to the story behind the recording, and start watching Seinfeld with AD on Netflix!  (Posted Oct 1)

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.

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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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.

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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!