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Audio Description: The Visual Made Verbal

taught by: Joel Snyder


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).

The workshop will involve approximately 30% lecture, 20% video-slides presentation, and 50% participation (practice in the creation of audio description).

Practical Skills:

  • 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


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