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The Audio Description Doctor Is In The House

taught by: Celia Hughes

co-presented by: April Sullivan

Session Summary:

Do you have visual contact that you are struggling to decide what to describe? Or how to begin? Or is the question, “Is description even necessary for this piece?” Struggle no more. Come to this session with some relevant content for a 20 minute, one-on-one consultation. Come with a challenge and leave with a plan!


Maybe you have attended a presentation or two on audio description, and maybe even attended a training on principles and practices. But you still wonder what to describe, and when and how to do it well.

There are some concrete rules to follow when analyzing visual content, and then there are a whole array of “it depends” and unknowns. If you have someone on your team who is blind or visually impaired, you may already know about some of this. But, for most people, the AD choices and decisions have to be made quickly, sometimes with little time to solicit feedback from people who could help you. Maybe your budget is an issue, and outside consultation can be pricey. Although there is no substitute for expert advice and assistance, sometimes just knowing the basics of what you need can save valuable time and money. And with the new certification standards for audio description on the way, wouldn’t you like to be prepared?

At this session, bring some content that you are struggling with, and we will provide one-on-one consultation to help you look at your content through the lens of a describer.

Practical Skills:

  • Analyzing visual content for comprehension
  • Analyzing visual content for comprehension
  • Understanding different visual content delivery rules