learn about audio description


Description (also called “audio description” or “video description”) is the verbal depiction of key visual elements in media and live productions.

The following clip from Equal Access in the Classroom demonstrates how media is made accessible to students who are blind or visually impaired. In the clip, a portion of The Etiquette Man is played twice without the picture in order to simulate the experience of a student who is blind or visually impaired. During the first playback, only the program’s original audio is provided; in the second, a description track is added.

To toggle captions for this video, click the “T” button.

Watch the entire 12-minute Equal Access in the Classroom feature to learn more about accessible educational media.

For DCMP’s guidelines for descibing educational media, visit our Description Key.

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