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Audio Description

Enhance Visual Content for Individuals with Blindness and Vision Loss

Twelve million people, over the age of 40, have a vision impairment, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For the blind and low vision, audio description fully describes what a sighted person is viewing.

With film and video, audio descriptions narrate the action occurring within the scene, separate from the dialog between the actors. A more robust audible description gives the listener additional information about the location, background actions, the characters in the film, on-screen text, and other visual content.

Audio Description:

  • Ensures that all current or legacy video content is fully accessible to people with vision loss through the addition of a post-production, narrative soundtrack (audio description).
  • Adds a detailed explanation of what is happening in video content, or during a presentation, for the listener.
  • Assists companies in reaching compliance with the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) and the CVAA (21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act)
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Visually impaired working on computer with assistive technology; braille display and screen reader.

Where & When to Use Audio Description

For public exhibitions, such as museums, zoos, historic sites, live performance theaters, audio descriptions may provide additional information about the scenery, buildings and layout of an exhibit that go beyond what the tour guide is explaining to sighted individuals. It can also be used to enhance a presentation or training experience.

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