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Audio Description: The Visual Made Verbal

October 7, 2020

Audio description makes visual images accessible for people who are blind or have low vision—the visual is made verbal. Using words that are succinct, vivid, and imaginative, describers convey the visual image that is not fully accessible to a significant segment of the population: 26.1 million Americans who are blind or have trouble seeing even with correction (American Foundation for the Blind, 2019).

The need for audio description has resulted in the development of a vibrant cottage industry.

Through this webinar, audio describer training will be detailed according to the Fundamentals of Audio Description developed by Joel Snyder, Ph.D. Participants will experience how description makes performing and visual arts programming, websites, and myriad activities more accessible to patrons who are blind or have low vision.

What will you learn?

  • Who are “the blind”
  • A brief history of audio description
  • Active seeing
  • The act of editing what you see
  • Using language to conjure images

This webinar was organized with the assistance of ATA’s Audiovisual Division.


About the presenter

Dr. Joel Snyder is known internationally as one of the world’s first “audio describers,” a pioneer in the field of Audio Description.

Since 1981, he has introduced audio description techniques in over 40 states and 63 countries and has made hundreds of live events, media projects, and museums accessible. The American Council of the Blind published Dr. Snyder’s book, The Visual Made Verbal—A Comprehensive Training Manual and Guide to the History and Applications of Audio Description, now available as an audio book voiced by Dr. Snyder, in screen reader accessible formats, in Braille, and in English, Polish, Russian, and Portuguese.

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October 7, 2020
Event Category:
Presenter(s): Joel Snyder
Duration: 60 minutes
Presenting Language(s): Presented in English
Level: Beginner

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