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A lot of people, especially those in the live and performing arts, have no idea what audio description is, let alone how to provide it. More importantly, many people think they know, but they only know about a small part.
Watch this short video to learn more.
Some people think audio description is only available for films or television and have no idea of many other places audio description is used and needed, such as performing arts spaces, art galleries, museums, parades, historic sites, nature walks, special events—essentially anywhere that the visual experience is important.
If it has a visual component, it should have audio description.
CREDIT: Beyond Blind Interactive
In this three-minute video, Shayne Kennedy explains her role as an audio describer for the live performance of What Does the Sun Sound Like at the Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago.
NOTE: This video is not, itself, audio described.
CREDIT: National Theatre of London
In this three-minute video, a young blind man, named Yusef, introduces viewers to the comprehensive audio description program at the National Theatre of London.
NOTE: This video also includes audio description for blind and low-vision users.
CREDIT: Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
This four-minute video includes perspective from audio describer Amanda Wright, creative learning manager John Coughlin, and blind theater-goers Martyn Wilson, Sarah Clare, Mickel Smithkin, Richard Harrington, and Lindy Mooney.
NOTE: This video includes segments of audio description of Peter Pan, presented at the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, United Kingdom