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Audio Description (AD)

Since 1982, Arts Access has provided many services to people with disabilities and arts organizations to bring these two groups together. One of our most popular services has been Audio Description (AD) services for Triangle area performances. Arts Access also offers training for audio describers.

What is Audio Description?

Audio Description is a narration service for individuals who are blind or have low vision. The audio describer provides an ongoing dialogue of visual events that are taking place on the stage, screen, at the museum, on a television, at the movies or even public speaking events.

Audio Description is commentary and narration that guides the listener through the presentation with concise, objective descriptions of scenes, settings, costumes, body language, and "sight gags," all slipped in between portions of dialogue or songs. The patron using this service wears an ear piece so they can hear the describer explain the visual events taking place, providing a more robust experience to the listener.

Podcasts discussing Triangle-based audio description programs can be found HERE, courtesy of the Triangle Radio Reading Service. (Their homepage can be found at TriangleReadingService.org.) This one in particular discusses the program and its many facets thoroughly.

NBC Nightly News reported on an audio description service in Washington, D.C.