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Celia Hughes has over 35 years experience working in the arts as producer, audio describer, artist and administrator. She has worked alongside people with disabilities for over 25 years. At VSA Texas, training audio describers and has provided AD services in Austin and across Texas for 16 years. In 2001, Celia produced “The Art of Audio Description” a five-part video training series. She has described performances across the country, including a Sight. Sound. Soul. concert by jazz pianist Henry Butler and blues musician Noé Socha at the Americans’ for the Arts Conference in Boston, MA. Celia helped launch audio description programs in Fort Worth, Houston, Georgetown, and San Antonio, Texas, and has led professional training workshops in Vermont, Florida, Minnesota, North Carolina, Hong Kong and Taiwan. As a co-founder of the Audio Description Coalition, she developed the standardized describer training curriculum and, in conjunction with the Kennedy Center’s LEAD Conference, has provided professional development trainings in Kentucky, San Diego, Boston and Washington DC. Currently, she and her team are working with Automatic Sync Technologies to deliver audio description. Ms. Hughes holds a Masters Degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin, and a BA in Speech Pathology from Plattsburg State College, New York.