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Audio Description: Access for Students Who Are Blind

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Originally presented September 12, 2022.

Audio Description is a kind of literary art form. It's a type of poetry--a haiku. It provides a verbal version of the visual the visual is made verbal, and aural, and oral. Using words that are succinct, vivid, and imaginative, we convey the visual image that is not fully accessible to a segment of the population—new estimates by the American Foundation for the Blind now put that number at over 32 million Americans alone who are blind or have difficulty seeing even with correction—and not fully realized by the rest of us sighted folks who see but who may not observe. This presentation will offer an overview of the fundamentals of audio description and how they can be applied in providing more meaningful access to university activities: lectures, class presentations, performing and visual arts events and media--film and video.

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Description

Audio Description is a kind of literary art form. It's a type of poetry--a haiku. It provides a verbal version of the visual the visual is made verbal, and aural, and oral. Using words that are succinct, vivid, and imaginative, we convey the visual image that is not fully accessible to a segment of the population—new estimates by the American Foundation for the Blind now put that number at over 32 million Americans alone who are blind or have difficulty seeing even with correction—and not fully realized by the rest of us sighted folks who see but who may not observe. This presentation will offer an overview of the fundamentals of audio description and how they can be applied in providing more meaningful access to university activities: lectures, class presentations, performing and visual arts events and media--film and video.

Contributors

  • Joel Snyder

    Dr. Joel Snyder is known internationally as one of the world’s first “audio describers,” a pioneer in the field of Audio Description, a translation of visual images to vivid language for the benefit, primarily, of people who are blind or have a vision impairment: the visual is made verbal—and aural, and oral. 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. In 2014, 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—a Spanish edition will be available in the fall of 2021; versions in Italian and Chinese are planned for 2022. His PhD is from the UniversitatAutonoma de Barcelona with a focus on audiovisual translation/audio description. Dr. Snyder is the President of Audio Description Associates, LLC (www.audiodescribe.com)and he serves as the Founder/Senior Consultant of the Audio Description Project of the American Council of the Blind (www.acb.org/adp).

September 12, 2022
Mon 12:00 PM EDT

Duration 1H 30M

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