Audio Description – What, Why and How

Scheduled at 2:15pm in Lakehouse on Wednesday, November 20.

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Speaker(s)

  • Kelly Smyth, VP Education & Enterprise, Ai-Media

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format: Lecture
  • Expertise Level: Beginner
  • Type of session: General Conference

Summary

Audio description, also known as described video or video description, is the narration of the key visual elements in a video to provide access to people who are blind or have low vision. We will review the what? why? and how? of AD/VD.

Abstract

What: Audio description also known as described video or video description, is the narration of the key visual elements in a video to provide access to people who are blind or have low vision. Audio description narrates important visual elements of what is happening on screen. The audio track also includes reading aloud any text on screen such as speaker names, titles and credits.

Why: AD is a required ADA element that ensures video/media is accessible to blind and low vision students, their families and employees. Everyone is equal and requires access to a wide range of content from TV programs, movies, interviews, events, marketing content and more.

How: It's quite a process! Professional describers script the narration and generate the new audio track using either text-to-speech software. Options for creating an audio description track will be reviewed, including synthetic vs human voice, standard vs extended AD, media alternative transcripts, and live audio description.

Keypoints

  1. AD provides an enriched and accessible experience of visual media for people who are blind or have low visionh
  2. By adding an AD, the most important information in the video is received and understood by everyone
  3. It may seem complicated, but with a little knowledge, AD is easily managed for constituents on campus

Disability Areas

All Areas, Cognitive/Learning, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Mobility, Other, Psychological, Vision

Topic Areas

Accessible Educational Materials, Alternate Format, Assistive Technology, Faculty Instruction/Accessible Course Design, Including Accessibility in Curriculum, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Kelly Smyth

Kelly is VP Education and Enterprise for Ai-Media in North America. Her background is in Sales and Marketing and prior to joining Ai-Media she was VP Business Development Kivuto Solutions and VP of Sales at Nelson Education (Cengage). She has extensive experience in Higher Education and has spent more than 20 years supporting educators and teaching and learning specialists to refine their environments to meet the needs of their students.