Audio Description

What is Audio Description?

From American Council of the Blind:

Audio Description aims to bring more meaning and enjoyment to entertainment, cultural, and educational experiences for blind and visually impaired people. The key is making visual imagery accessible. It’s used to enhance movies, television, media, theater and other live performances/events, museums, national parks, meetings, and educational programming. These visual elements can include action, costumes, settings, facial gestures ,facial expressions and other visually important images.

How Does It Work?

Patrons check out a pair of headphones on the way into the theater, and the Audio Describer broadcasts directly to the headphones. Before the show, the program is read and theater layout (including aisles, bathrooms, and exits) is described. During the performance, the describer will describe sets, costumes, gestures, facial expressions, stage action and other visual elements, without speaking over the actors.

Business Needs

Audio-Reader can help your business improve the accessibility of videos used on your website, in social media posts, and for training. For more information, call 785-864-4600.

Educational Needs 

Audio Description can be utilized for students who need access to the visual elements of classroom videos, blended learning videos, and other learning elements. For more information, call 785-864-4600.

Become an Audio Describer!

If you would like to be contacted about future training sessions, send us an email at

Learn More about Audio Description!

Audio-Reader would be happy to do an audio description demonstration for your group. Send us an email at to schedule.

The Audio-Reader Network provides trained Audio Describers for live events in Kansas City, Lawrence, and Topeka. The service is utilized primarily by people with vision loss; however, it can also be helpful for people with cognitive or learning disabilities, English language-learners, and people on the autism spectrum. Audio Description has also been shown to help with language development and active listening skills in children!

Upcoming Described Performances are listed on:

To request new or additional showings, contact your local theater:

Theatre Lawrence 

Location information: 4660 Bauer Farm Drive, Lawrence, KS
Tickets: 785-843-7469 or visit their website.

The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Location information: 1601 Broadway Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64108
Tickets: 816-994-7222 or visit their website.

Starlight Theater

Location information: 4600 Starlight Road, Kansas City, MO
Tickets: 816-363-7827 or visit their website.

The Lied Center

Location information: 1600 Stewart Drive, Lawrence, KS
Tickets: 785-864-2787 or visit their website.