The American Council of the Blind (ACB) proudly announces the second annual Audio Description Awards Gala on November 29, 2022. The Gala will once again celebrate outstanding achievements in audio description in media and expand awareness of its benefits.

In recent years there has been enormous success in expanding audio description for audiences who are blind, low vision, or have other sensory disabilities that create barriers to full inclusion in visual media.

“The Audio Description Awards Gala will celebrate the best of the best within the art and science of inclusive audio-described media,” said Eric Bridges, ACB’s Executive Director. “Together we will work to expand awareness of the transformative value that audio description brings to the lives of people with disabilities.”

What is Audio Description?

Audio description (AD) is an isolated audio track that describes the actions taking place on the screen. AD has been around for over 30 years and has blossomed recently, becoming an integral part of every television network, film studio, and streaming service’s inclusion strategy.

Support ACB’s Audio Description Project

The American Council of the Blind’s Audio Description Project (ADP) promotes and advocates for the use of high-quality audio description in television, movies, performing arts, museums, educational materials, and other venues where the presentation of visual media is critical to the understanding and appreciation of the content.   

The ADP’s goals are to sponsor a broad range of activities designed to build awareness of audio description among the general public as well as its principal users, people who are blind or have low vision.   

One goal of the 2022 Audio Description Awards Gala is to raise funding to support ACB’s Audio Description Project, which works with stakeholders and industry leaders to provide accessible video entertainment through the delivery of audio-described content.

Please consider donating to help support the mission of the Audio Description Project and to help achieve our goal of accessible media for the blind and low vision community, Donate Today.

For more information about the event or if you are interested in becoming a sponsor of the gala, please visit the Contact Us page.

Gala Accessibility

The 2022 Audio Description Awards Gala event will be totally accessible for people who are blind and people who are deaf: open audio description (an “always-on” secondary audio channel) will provide a description of visual images, and open captioning (“always-on” captions) will offer captions for the spoken word and other audio elements.