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Audio-Reader Audio Description Training Registration

Saturday, November 11

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Lawrence, KS

Instructor: Jennifer Nigro


Please Note: Registration for this training session is now closed. If you would like to be contacted about future training sessions, please email


Audio description makes the visual elements of theater, television, movies, and visual art forms accessible for people who are blind, have low vision, or who are otherwise visually impaired. In theater and movies, audio describers use concise, descriptive language to convey information about sets, costumes, body language and sight gags, slipping it in between portions of dialogue or songs. In museums, audio description enhances the experience of visual artworks beyond the generally provided interpretative materials.

Jennifer Nigro, the coordinator for Audio-Reader’s audio description and volunteer programs, will lead this year’s two-day session in the art of audio description. 

Day 1: The Fundamentals of Audio Description

Saturday, November 11: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Audio-Reader, 1120 W. 11th Street

This session consists of an overview of audio description concepts, relating to all forms of visual art. Attendees will learn the elements of Audio Description, including observation techniques, decision-making, editing, and word choice. Participants will perform a series of exercises to help cement learning of the fundamentals.


Day 2: Practicum in Theater and Museum Description

Sunday, November 12, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

9-12:45: Audio-Reader, 1120 W. 11th Street;

1-4: Spencer Museum of Art, 1301 Mississippi St.

This session will give attendees the opportunity to practice their newfound audio description skills using movies and museum exhibits. The morning will focus primarily on theater (using movies for practice) with emphasis on live description. The afternoon will focus on art/museum description and scripting, using works in the Spencer Museum of Art galleries for practice.  It is recommended all attendees attend Day 1 in order to get the most out of Day 2.

Both sessions are required for participants wanting to become Audio Describers for the Audio-Reader program.

Please choose your registration option below (lunch is included in the registration fee):


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