Audio description – three ways

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Wednesday, 26 August 2015 11:26am

Audio description for television, streaming video and cultural events is a major conversation topic among access advocates for people who are blind or vision impaired. At a recent Blind Citizens Australia NSW meeting, three experts gathered to provide updates and insights into what is happening with audio description in Australia.

Three colourful speakers on a dark background

With campaigns and formal complaints running against the major television networks, the ABC iView audio description trial and Netflix with its growing catalogue of audio described content, there are lots of new developments and agitation for change and expansion of the services. Covering the state of play and how these services are operating was Media Access Australia’s CEO Alex Varley.

To provide a legal perspective and to clarify what could happen with the disability discrimination processes and cases, the Public Interest Advocacy Centre’s Principal Solicitor Alexis Goodstone outlined the centre’s involvement.    

The final expert is freelance audio describer Imogen Yang who is part of the Insightful collective.  She provided some insights into how audio description is created, particularly the more complex and involved description that is used in arts and cultural settings such as the Vivid Festival audio described Light Walk.

The presentations, commentary from the audience and question and answer session was captured in an audio description presentation mp3 file, which is audio only.

Audio Description Presentation [mp3]

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