Pioneer of audio description in Australia honoured

Friday, 4 June 2010 16:27pm

John Simpson, the manager of Vision Australia 's audio description (AD) services, has been honoured with the Print Disability Lifetime Achievement Award. John has been instrumental and the main early force in the development of audio description in Australia, including his landmark 1999 study ˜When a word is worth a 1000 pictures '.

John continues his AD advocacy work in helping to expand AD in cinema and DVDs, and pushing an AD trial on the ABC, as well as running Vision Australia 's theatre and other description services.

John 's award was presented at the recent Print Disability annual roundtable in Auckland, New Zealand, where he presented on AD at a session alongside MAA CEO Alex Varley, who presented on cinema AD.

For more information, see the Vision Australia website.


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