What is audio description?
Audio description (AD) offers people who are blind or have low vision an understanding of what is happening visually within a theatre, television, film, DVD, museum, exhibition or other arts related productions.
AD is an additional narration that succinctly paints an image of transitions, movements, gestures, props, settings, costumes and scenery woven between the dialogues.
Vision Australia has been providing audio description services for 30 years across the entire arts and entertainment industry. Learn more about how we work and hear from National Coordinator of Audio Description Michael Ward.
Audio description has also changed the way people watch their favourite programs. Listen to their stories here.
Watch the video below to see the many different ways the Vision Australia audio description team make content more accessible to people who are blind or have low vision.
At the theatre
Vision Australia works with many different theatres and production companies around Australia to provide audio description for live performances.
Over the past 20 years, Vision Australia has advocated for increased audio description across cinema and television. Recently ABC and SBS have launched 14 hours of audio description content on each channel. Previously we've also worked with ABC's Get Krack!n to audio describe all eight episodes of season two.
If you're interested learning about audio described movies currently available on streaming services such as Netflix or Stan, check out this great list we put together.
As a helpful tool, we will be providing this combined ABC and SBS TV guide (Word) listing all audio described shows across both channels for the next two weeks. Each channels own programming schedules can be you accessed through these links: ABC and SBS.
In order to access audio description, you need to turn on the features on your TV. Vision Australia’s audio description team have provided this list of instructions to guide you through the process.
- Upcoming audio described events
- Attend a Vision Australia audio described performance
- Audio description at the cinema
- Download - Audio Description TV guide (Word) - a joint ABC and SBS programming guide
If you would like to learn more about audio description and how you can be involved contact National Coordinator of Audio Description Michael Ward.