Webinars: Audio Description: The Visual Made Verbal

Audio Description: The Visual Made Verbal

Live Broadcast Held On: Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Length: 1.5 hours
Speaker: Dr. Joel Snyder, President-Director, Audio Description Associates, LLC – American Council of the Blind Audio Description Project
Target Audience: Accessibility Professionals, prospective describers
Skill Level: Intermediate

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Overview: This audio description workshop/training session will provide an overview of the "Fundamentals of Audio Description" (developed by Dr. Joel Snyder) and access awareness, particularly with respect to people who are blind or have low vision. Audio description, a translation of images to words, has been shown to provide access to the wide range of media and arts (television, film, performing arts, museums) that comprise any culture. The focus of the webinar will be on understanding audio description as a kind of translation from what is seen into what is heard--the visual is made verbal.

  • An overview of the history of audio description
  • An understanding of the four fundamentals of audio description
  • An awareness of how written and spoken language creates meaning
  • How to “see the person, not the disability”

Speaker Bio: Dr. Joel Snyder is known internationally as one of the world's first "audio describers," a pioneer in the field of audio Description, making theater events, museum exhibitions, and media accessible to people who are blind or are visión-impaired. Since 1981, he has introduced audio description techniques in over 40 states and 45 countries. Dr. Snyder has made hundreds of live theater productions accessible; his company, Audio Description Associates, LLC (www.audiodescribe.com) uses the same techniques to enhance a wide range of media projects including "Sesame Street," PBS, ABC and Fox network broadcasts, dozens of DVDs, feature films, and museum exhibits. He serves as Director of the American Council of the Blind's Audio Description Project (ADP). The ADP produced description for ABC-TV's nationwide coverage for both of President Obama's inaugurations and recently produced the first-ever audio described tour of The White House; the ADP website (www.acb.org/adp) is the nation's principal provider of information and resources on audio description. Dr. Snyder holds a Ph.D. from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona; the American Council of the Blind recently published Dr. Snyder's book, The Visual Made Verbal - A Comprehensive Training Manual and Guide to the History and Applications of Audio Description.

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