Audio Description: The Visual Made Verbal

Tuesday, March 15, 2016
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Eastern Time Zone


This session will provide an overview of the “Fundamentals of Audio Description” (developed by Dr. Snyder) and access awareness, particularly with respect to people who are blind or have low vision. Audio Description is a translation of images to words—the visual is made verbal—and has been shown to provide access to the wide range of media and arts (television, film, performing arts, museums) that comprise any culture.

The principal constituency for Audio Description is the underserved population of people who are blind or have a vision impairment; in the United States, there are over 21 million people who are blind or have difficulty seeing even with correction (American Foundation for the Blind, 2008).

Objectives: At the conclusion of the session participants will know/experience:

  • who are "the blind"?
  • sighted guide assistance
  • the history of Audio Description
  • Active Seeing / Visual Literacy how to develop skills in concentration and observation
  • the art of "editing" what you see
  • how to use the spoken word to make meaning

Continuing Education Recognition Available

Certificate Credit hours
Certificate of Attendance 1.5


Joel Snyder, President, Audio Description Associates, LLC (USA), Director of Audio Description Project, American Council of the Blind