Faculty and Staff within the University of Illinois System are welcomed to experience how Audio Description (AD) makes visual images accessible for people who are blind or have low vision—the visual is made verbal. Using words that are succinct, vivid, and imaginative, describers convey the visual image that is not fully accessible to a significant segment of the population: over 31 million Americans who are blind or have trouble seeing even with correction (American Foundation for the Blind, 2019). Through this session, describer training will be detailed according to the Fundamentals of Audio Description developed by Joel Snyder, Ph.D. Participants will experience how description makes all art forms – performing arts, media, visual art/static exhibits – and myriad activities more accessible to patrons who are blind or have low vision and more enjoyable for all. This session will be focused on the needs/activities of anyone within the University of Illinois System.
October 4-6, 2023 9:30 am-5:00 – In Person / Zoom
General Audio Description Training.