People who are sight impaired needn't be culturally disadvantaged.

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Hear/see Joel Snyder on the fundamentals of audio description.

Audio Description provides access to the visual elements – action, costumes, settings, gestures, facial expressions and other visually engaging images – of television/film, museum exhibitions, theater and a variety of events.

All people can appreciate the added detail and vivid highlights made possible through the effective use of Audio Description. For example, while Audio Description makes the images in children's books more accessible to kids who have low vision or are blind, the words a describer uses helps develop sophisticated language skills for all children.

A picture may be worth a thousand words. But Audio Description Associates' trained writers and voice talents use words with precision to conjure vivid and lasting images. The result: people who are vision impaired can more fully enjoy cultural events of every kind, and those experiences are enhanced for every participant.

Audio Description Associates, LLC is under contract with the American Council of the Blind to direct its Audio Description Project (ADP), a major description promotion and production initiative. Among its various programs, the ADP maintains a web site that is recognized as the "go to" site for information on all things pertaining to audio description in any format. Visit:

NEW! Recently published by the American Council of the Blind: THE VISUAL MADE VERBAL: A Comprehensive Training Manual and Guide to the History and Applications of Audio Description (with associated web site)

by JOEL SNYDER, PhD $19.95 – available from