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Audio Description on the Rise

Why Everyone is Doing it and You Should, too!

Join VITAC as we discuss the art of audio description - what it is, how it’s created, and how it’s being used. We'll explore its rising popularity - making its way to the Oscars, Grammys and Screen Actors Guild this year -  and how audio description can benefit all audiences.

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What is Audio Description?


In the same manner that captions provide a visual way to experience sound, audio description provides an audio means to experience video. It works by adding audio-narrated descriptions of a program’s key visual elements into natural pauses between the program’s dialogue. Many viewers who are blind or have low vision rely on audio description.

This free webinar will cover, among other topics:

>> What’s involved in producing audio description, and offer expert tips on what constitutes high-quality description.
>> What consumers want in their audio described programs.
>> Updates on audio description regulations and requirements.

Who is the webinar for?

>> Media and entertainment producers
>> Post-production studios
>> Content creators looking to add audio description to their videos or live events
>> Anyone interested in accessibility and inclusion.

Meet Our Speakers

Joel Snyder

Dr. Joel Snyder

Audio Describer

Dr. Joel Snyder is known internationally as one of the world’s first “audio describers,” and a pioneer in the field of audio description. Since 1981, he has introduced audio description techniques in more than 40 states and 64 countries, and has made thousands of live events, media projects and museums accessible. Dr. Snyder is the President of Audio Description Associates, LLC ( and serves as the Founder/Senior Consultant of the Audio Description Project of the American Council of the Blind (


Carl Richardson

ADA Coordinator/504/Diversity Officer

Carl Richardson identifies as DeafBlind and serves as the ADA Coordinator/504/Diversity Officer for the Massachusetts State House. In this role, Mr. Richardson works with the governor and executive branch, as well as with members of the legislature and leadership from state agencies, to serve individuals with disabilities across the Commonwealth, ensuring that the State House is an accessible, inclusive, and welcoming environment. Mr. Richardson also is chair of the Audio Description Project’s media subcommittee, and has served on the FCC’s disability advisory committee.


Jesse McFarland

Jesse McFarland

Webinar Host

Jesse is the Sr. Director of Marketing at VITAC, North America’s leading closed captioning and media accessibility provider. With more than 35 years of industry experience, our clients rely on us for a wide range of accessibility services, including live and pre-recorded audio description.