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Audio description opens up new markets and audiences for your work.
From people with vision disability to people relaxing at the end of a busy day. Audio description can also be useful for people with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
- Lyla-Mae is using the audio option to listen to a film to relax at the end of the day.
- Jo listens to audio options because moving images are distracting.
Audio description is an additional commentary that describes on-screen or on-stage action, body language and facial expressions.
For example, a character looking shocked at something another character is doing.
Audio description is available in:
- video and DVD
- museums and galleries
- sports venues.
Steps to take
- Take a look at the audio description decision tree (Vision Australia)
- Read the guidelines for audio description (American Council of the Blind)
- Arrange information in a logical order.
- Avoid background noise and music.
- Use voices that are appropriate to the subject matter and audience.
- Give people time to understand calls to action.
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines
- 1.2.2 Captions (Prerecorded) (Understanding 1.2.2)
- 1.2.3 Audio Description or Media Alternative (Prerecorded) 1.2.3 (Understanding 1.2.3)