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Audio Description Training Registration Form

Registration for the November 19-20 audio description training is now closed. If you would like to be placed on a waiting list for this session, or contacted about the availability of future training, please fill out the form below.​

Join Audio-Reader and the Spencer Art Museum for our first-ever community audio description training!

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.

Joel Snyder, PhD, President of Audio Description Associates, LLC, and Director of the American Council of the Blind’s Audio Description Project, will lead a three-day training in the art of audio description. The first session will provide an overview of audio description techniques applicable to both performing arts and art museum audio description. Day Two will focus on theater description, Day Three on art museum description.

This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Registration Deadline: Monday, October 24, 5 p.m. Application review will begin at that time, and we will notify you whether you have been accepted by November 7.

Friday, November 18, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Malott Room, Kansas Union
The Visual Made Verbal: Learning the Art of Audio Description.
This session consists of an overview of audio description concepts, relating to all forms of visual art. Joel Snyder, Ph.D., president of Audio Description Associates, will take attendees through the elements of Audio Description, including observation techniques, decision-making, editing, and word choice. You will leave with an in-depth understanding of Audio Description, and be well on your way to becoming a trained describer. Training can be completed by attending one or both of the sessions listed below, or by contacting Audio-Reader or Spencer staff to schedule additional training.
Saturday, November 19, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Lawrence Public Library
The Visual Made Verbal: Practicum in Theater and Film Description
Those wanting to attain certification in description of live theater and film should attend this session in addition to Friday’s overview session. Dr. Snyder will present examples of Audio Description in use today and coach attendees through the finer points of scripting and describing. Those who attend this session along with the Friday session will be trained as a theater/film describer and eligible to volunteer as such through Audio-Reader.
Sunday, November 20, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Spencer Art Museum
The Visual Made Verbal: Practicum in Museum Description
Learn how to describe the visual elements of art from within the Spencer Museum of Art galleries! This training is an important step in the museum’s plans to increase the accessibility of its facility and programs, as well as enhance the experience of all visitors.  Dr. Snyder will work with attendees both inside and outside of the Spencer galleries to script descriptions of several works of art. Those who attend this session along with the Friday session will be trained as a museum describer and eligible to volunteer as such through the Spencer Art Museum.










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