Free AC Workshop!
Audio Description: The Visual Made Verbal
Presented by Joel Snyder, Ph.D.
President, Audio Description Associates, LLC
Director, Audio Description Project, American Council of the Blind
This audio description workshop/training 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).
Outcomes: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will know/experience:
- who are "the blind"?
- 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
Format: The workshop will involve approximately 30% lecture, 20% video-slides presentation, and 50% participation (practice in the creation of audio description).
Joel Snyder, PhD, a long-time member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA, was a pioneer in the field of audio description, c. 1981. He has trained audio describers in more than 40 states and over 50 nations abroad. He will share his 35 years of experience with audio description and services for people who are blind or have low vision including the screening of excerpts from nationally broadcast videos with description written and voiced by Dr. Snyder. Joel Snyder is the President of Audio Description Associates, LLC (www.audiodescribe.com) and Director of the American Council of the Blind’s Audio Description Project (www.acb.org/adp). He is the author of The Visual Made Verbal: A Comprehensive Training Manual and Guide to the History and Applications of Audio Description published by the American Council of the Blind.