The Awards

Awardees & Game Changers

  • Outstanding Audio Description Visionary
  • Outstanding Achievement in Audio Description Innovation 
  • Outstanding Achievement Audio Description Contribution Impact for Live Events
  • Audio Description Game Changers
  • Outstanding Achievement Audio Description Accessibility Contribution


Thomas Reid a brown skin Black man with a clean-shaven bald head smiles into the camera. He has a goatee and is wearing dark shades and a gray button up shirt.

Thomas Reid

Shortly after becoming blind in 2004, Thomas Reid decided to re-ignite a dormant interest in audio production. After years of combining his interest in audio with advocacy, in 2014 he was selected as a New Voice Scholar by the Association of Independence in Radio. During that same year he began his podcast Reid My Mind Radio. A podcast featuring compelling people impacted by all degrees of blindness and disability. Occasionally, he shares stories from his own experience as a man adjusting to becoming Blind as an adult. Through his Flipping the Script on Audio Description series, Reid continues to explore the art by going beyond surface level topics and examining its implications on the community. As a voice talent and Audio Description Narrator, Reid has appeared on several Netflix projects. He provides consultations for independent film makers and serves as moderator or panelist for discussions on audio description, diversity, adjusting to blindness and more. We are thrilled to have Thomas as our Gala host for the 2021 Audio Description Awards brought to you by The American Council of the Blind. To find out more about Thomas Reid’s podcast:

Awards Gala Presenters

  • Joel Snyder
  • Charlie Cox
  • Satauna Howery
  • Conchita Hernandez Legorreta
  • Eric Bridges
  • Lex Gillette 
  • Ahmed Fareed
  • Christian Camargo
  • Nesta Cooper
  • Kim Charlson
  • Roy Samuelson

With our special guests for the evening’s celebrations:

Stevie Wonder, Jason Momoa, Kurt & Brenda Warner, Zachary Levi, Charlie Cox, Erik Weihenmayer, Christian Camargo, Nesta Cooper, Blake Stadnik and more surprises to come!

Event Producer

Doug Roland, a man with brown hair and a light beard wearing a button up shirt.

Doug Roland

Doug Roland is an Oscar-nominated director for his film Feeling Through, which was made in partnership with Helen Keller National Center (HKNC) and is the first film to star a DeafBlind actor. As a social impact filmmaker, Doug continues his collaboration with HKNC and dozens of other organizations, creating screening events and speaking at conferences, institutions, and schools around the world.