The American Council of the Blind’s (ACB) Audio Description Project announces its
16th Audio Description Institute
February 22-24, 2020
Holiday Inn & Suites – Martin Room
625 First Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Audio Description (AD) makes visual images accessible for people who are blind or have low vision. Using words that are succinct, vivid, and imaginative, media describers convey the visual image from television and film that is not fully accessible to a significant segment of the population (more than 21 million Americans experience significant vision loss).
The implementation of the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act has spawned a virtual cottage industry for the development of description for broadcast television.
The Program includes: Three full days of intensive, interactive training, Monday luncheon, and each registrant will receive a signed copy of Dr. Joel Snyder’s ACB-published The Visual Made Verbal: A Comprehensive Training Manual and Guide to the History and Applications of Audio Description.
The interactive sessions (limited use of lecture, questions/discussion throughout, generous use of media, and individual and group writing exercises) are designed to provide immediate feedback and “give and take,” allowing for adaptation according to a sense of participants’ grasp of the material. In addition, experienced users of description are a part of the Institute’s faculty, providing an important perspective throughout the sessions.
This Institute will begin at 9:00 am on Saturday, February 22, 2020 and conclude at 4:00 pm on Monday, February 24, 2020.
Who Should Attend
Anyone interested in:
- working as freelance description writers for broadcast television
- working as a describer in a local performing arts program
- working as a describer for visual art exhibitions
- experienced audio describers desiring an updated refresher course.
NOTE: freelance writers for broadcast television projects can often be based anywhere in the world–computer equipment capable of accommodating high-speed downloads is a must.
Joel Snyder, Ph.D.— One of the first audio describers, Dr. Snyder began describing theater events and media in 1981; he is the President of Audio Description Associates, LLC with clients world-wide (see audiodescribe.com for more information) and Director of ACB’s Audio Description Project an initiative he founded in 2009. For six years, he led a staff that produced description for nationally broadcast films and network series including “Sesame Street” broadcasts and DVDs. Snyder has worked with description and trained describers in more than 40 states and in over 60 countries.
Joyce Adams—Joyce has been producing/writing AD scripts for media and museum tours since 2002. She supervised AD script writers for the Described Media program at the National Captioning Institute, is the author of audio described tours for National Park Service visitor centers throughout the U.S. and regularly pens description for promotional videos produced by Microsoft. Both Ms. Adams and Dr. Snyder serve on the Subject Matter Expert Committee developing a certification program for audio describers.
$495.00 – credit card payment accepted by secure on-line registration
Holiday Inn & Suites
625 First Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Room rates at the Holiday Inn & Suites are $109 per night (king/double). This room rate does not include tax. For telephone reservations, call the Holiday Inn & Suites at (703) 548-6300–group code ANC. The Holiday Inn & Suites website for the Alexandria property is here. Make sure to mention you are with the American Council of the Blind 2020.
Online registration for the February 2020 Alexandria, VA Audio Description Institute will be open through February 21, 2020.
You’ll be asked to create a login for the ACB database and continue to register for the Institute.