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, or even public speaking events.

For an overview of Arts Access and audio description, you can watch this UNC-TV NC Now Clip.

Audio Description 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. Listen to a thorough explanation of AD and its many facets.

To learn more about AD and find additional resources, including national Audio Description training opportunities, visit our friends at the Audio Description Project.

Arts Access provides audio description services as well as annual training for potential audio describers. In 2016, Arts Access received the “Achievement in Audio Description Award for Performing Arts” from the American Council for the Blind’s Audio Description Project (ADP).