[Athen] this online class in audio description may interest some

Katherine Mancuso kmancuso at gmail.com
Thu Jan 6 21:06:20 PST 2011

Date: Thu, 6 Jan 2011 08:53:03 -0500
From: Marie Cooper <cooperm at BUCKS.EDU>
Subject: FW: Audio Description: free online course

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Subject: [accessibleimage] Audio Description: free online course

Audio Description: The Visual Made Verbal - ON-LINE! And FREE!

Note: While this option should not be construed as a substitute for a face=
-to-face training, it may be helpful for some people.

Audio Description is a literary art form. It's a type of poetry--a haiku. =
It provides a verbal version of the visual--the visual is made verbal, and=
aural, and oral.

Using words that are succinct, vivid, and imaginative, describers convey th=
e visual image from television and film that is not fully accessible to a s=
ignificant segment of the population * and not fully realized by the rest o=
f us--the rest of us, sighted folks who see but who may not observe. Audio=
describers provide services in various multi-media settings, including the=
ater, television, video, film, exhibits, museums, and educational venues--b=
ut also at circuses, rodeos, ice skating exhibitions and myriad sports even=

* The American Foundation for the Blind now estimates that over 25 million =
Americans are blind or have trouble seeing even with correction.

For broadcast television, on film and videotape and on DVDs, AD enhances th=
e regular program audio, precisely timed to occur only during the lapses be=
tween dialogue. Until June of this 2009, description was accessed on telev=
ised programs in the United States via a Secondary Audio Program channel; n=
ow description audio is one of several additional audio tracks available di=

This course is particularly timely: President Obama recently signed into la=
w a mandate for description on broadcast television beginning late in 2011.=
Thus, the need for professionally trained describers will increase dramat=
ically throughout 2011.

The sessions will introduce participants to the principles of description, =
how to produce quality description, and the importance of close communicati=
on with the "end users"-people who are blind or have low vision and all peo=
ple who support this innovative use of technology to provide greater media =

- go to: www.fracturedatlas.org<http://www.fracturedatlas.org>

- click on Program & Services

- in the drop-down menu, click on ON-Line Courses.

Before you go further, you'll need to click on "Become A Member" at the top=
of the screen. Enter an email address and choose "community"-that's the f=
ree option. You should then be eligible to take the course. Once you're a=
ll signed up/signed in, you can simply click on Fractured U. and choose Cou=
rses at the top. The course is listed about half-way down: Audio Descript=
ion: The Visual Made Verbal.

The course was developed and is monitored by Joel Snyder. . One of the fir=
st audio describers, Snyder began describing theater events and media in 19=
81. In addition to his ongoing work in these genres (Kennedy Center, Arena=
Stage, "Sesame Street," DVDs and feature films), each year he develops aud=
io described tours for major museums throughout the United States including=
the Smithsonian Institution, the Getty, the Albright-Knox, the National Aq=
uarium, and several State museums and myriad National Park and Forest Servi=
ce exhibit centers.

He has introduced audio description/conducted audio description workshops =
in 30 states and D.C. and over 25 countries; in summer 2008, Snyder present=
ed workshops in Montpellier, Shanghai, Beijing and provided description for=
the World Blind Union in Geneva. Most recently, he trained describers in =
Brazil and presented papers on description in Italy at the International Co=
nference on the Arts & Society and in Spain at the Universitat Autonoma de =
Barcelona (where he is a Ph.D. candidate, expected 2011).



jsnyder at audiodescribe.com<mailto:jsnyder at audiodescribe.com>

301 920-0218

President, Audio Description Associates, LLC
"The Visual Made Verbal" (tm)
ADA logo--an eye within an ear
6502 Westmoreland Avenue, Takoma Park, MD 20912
jsnyder at audiodescribe.com<mailto:jsnyder at audiodescribe.com> -- 301 920-0218
Cell: 301 452-1898 -- Fax: 408 445-0079

For more information about audio description, please visit:

Director, Audio Description Project
American Council of the Blind
jsnyder at acb.org<mailto:jsnyder at acb.org> -- 202 467-5083
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