Audio Description

What is Audio Description? 

  • The accessibility of the visual images of theater, television, and other art forms for people who are blind, have low vision, or who are otherwise visually impaired (American Council of the Blind)
  • Narration service (no additional charge to patron) that attempts to describe the images a person who is blind or visually impaired formerly could only experience through a sighted companion's description (American Council of the Blind)
  • Note: Audio Descriptions are not written out in the caption file.

Different types of Audio Description 

  • In-line audio description: Video keeps playing and description is squeezed into the available spaces of the video so what is going on is not interrupted   
  • Extended audio description:  Have video pause for the duration of the description and then the video resumes, useful when adding description where there is no space in the soundtrack but need to say something to make the video accessible. 
  • Description added to transcript file: full text equivalent of the content in a video, all the meaningful audio and visual information presented in the video
    • Exists as a text alternative in a separate file outside of the video file

Audio Description Services

Contact dres-accessible-media@illinois.edu for more information about audio description in your classroom.