titles on the
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The FCC Wants to Know What Changes You Want to the CVAA
As requested in this
FCC Public Notice, the FCC would like to know what changes you
feel are required in the 10-year old CVAA. "Given
changes in technology and industry practices, as well as taking
into account consumer experiences, we seek comment on whether
there is a need to update these rules." For example,
we at the ADP suggest you consider the following. Are enough shows described
today on TV? Are enough non-broadcast networks (USA, TBS,
etc.) covered? Are enough regions of the country covered?
Are cable TV providers able to supply the right equipment and
answer your questions about AD? Are you satisfied with the
quantity and quality of audio description provided?
How about the streaming services? The
ACB has had to initiate legal action in many cases to get
streaming companies to provide description. Should the FCC
mandate it for streamers of a certain size or type of content?
And once an audio description track is created, should there be
some requirement that it must be passed along just like closed
captioning is to any other service that picks up the show for
rebroadcast? These are just some of the things you should
be thinking about. And don't simply rely upon someone else
to voice these comments. MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD!
Historically, few blind or low vision individuals have replied
to these Requests for Comment, which does not reflect well on
the needs and desires of individuals with visual impairment.
How do you submit your comments to the
FCC? Here is the simplified process:
Write your comments in a Word document, PDF, or plain text file.
- Go to this web address:
- Type the Proceeding Number in the first box:
21-140 and press Enter.
- The following fields are required on the form as you tab
down: Name(s); Primary Contact Email; Address Of (use
"Filer" or "Author"); Address, City, State, Zip.
- At that point, the next field says to "Click or drop
files here." You should be able to click to select
your prepared comments, or drag and drop if you prefer.
- Click the box to receive an email confirmation of your
- Finally you
will click the button to "Continue to the Review Screen."
(We haven't done this yet, so we hope it is obvious from
There is an alternative. If you want to
type your comments directly, use this web address:
https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filings/express. The form is
similar and slightly shorter, and you could cut-and-paste your
comments into the Comment block if you wish. As a last
resort, you can send your comments to this address:
FCC504@fcc.gov. In each case, remember that the
Proceeding Number is 21-140. DO IT NOW!
Description Awareness Day Challenge
While not sponsored by the ACB, Friday, April 16th, has been designated
Audio Description Awareness Day by
Bold Blind Beauty,
and it comes with a specific challenge: Watch an audio described program
with a friend and post your experience on social media using the hashtag
#TADAChallenge. Listen to this short video to learn
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbIfLvHrzrM. (Posted Apr 16)
Search of DCMP Catalog Now Available
We have updated our Find a Video search
(above and on our Master AD List page) to give you an
option to also search the DCMP (Described
and Captioned Media Program) website, which offers free
described and captioned versions of primarily educational films for family
members and educators with early learners through Grade 12 students who are
blind or deaf. A subset of titles are free to all without meeting that
qualification. Search DCMP.
(Posted Apr 6)
ACB/ADP Achievement Award Nominations
Deadline is May 9th
It's time again (the 13th time, to be exact) to nominate an individual or
organization for an ADP Achievement Award. This year
the categories have been restructured a bit to allow separate nomination for
individuals and organizations for Media, Performing Arts, and Museums.
Read the full nomination criteria and options for submitting a nomination at
2021 ADP Achievement Award Nominations. You can also see previous
winners in The Audio Description Honor Roll.
(Updated Apr 6)
Ikea's Audio Catalog
Not exactly audio description, but you may be interested to know that Ikea has produced
catalog in audio format. (Posted Apr 6)
HBO Max Begins Audio Description
Max has begun its long-awaited offering of audio described Originals,
movies, and TV series, initially supporting web browsers, the iPhone, and
iPad. We have posted all the titles we can find on
the ADP website and have integrated them into our Master AD List. Most
of the titles are unique to HBO Max, so our Master List total has risen
considerably and you have lots of new offerings. You will find our
listing in the Titles With AD
navigation list above. You
can also use this
direct link to HBO Max Titles With AD on the HBO Max website. (Updated Mar 30)
In the UK: 100 AD Videos, Discounted
to a National Lottery Project Grant from Arts Council England, VocalEyes is
offering artists and arts organizations a significant discount on film/video
audio description services over the period May 3rd to August 31st 2021.
The opportunity is limited to one project per individual or organization.
Learn more at
100 Videos Described. (Posted Mar 26)
Describer Training in May
Training Retreats has just announced two new (virtual) audio describer
training classes for May. The dates are May 6-9 and May 27-31.
Please visit our Training/Education
page for details. (Posted Mar 23)
Audio Description News
Audio Described DVDs and Blu-ray Discs
1 DVD with Audio Description was released on April 6:
Earwig and the Witch. 1 DVD with Audio Description was released on March 30:
Wonder Woman 1984. 3 DVDs with Audio Description were released on March 23:
Breaking News in Yuba County;
News of the World;
Next Week April 20: Fantasia; Fantasia 2000.
USA Described DVDs:
2021 | 2020 | All
Since 1997 | For Children
Don’t Make Low-Vision Viewers Choose Between Vibrant 4K Picture and Audio
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Audio Described TV Shows
FCC Confirms Nonbroadcast Networks
Required to Provide
AD Starting July 1
The FCC has finished its
final selection process for the five nonbroadcast
networks required to provide audio description for the next three years
starting July 1. The process involved naming the top 10 based on
surveys, then allowing requests for exemptions. As usual, news and
sports networks requested exemption, and those exemptions were granted.
The five remaining networks are: Hallmark, HGTV, History, TBS, and TLC.
Hallmark and TLC will be new; Discovery and USA will be dropped.
(Posted Mar 9)
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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
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.
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!