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Web Accessibility DC Meetup

  • 21 Sep 2010
  • 6:30 PM - 8:29 PM
  • MLK Library, Room 215, 901 G Street, NW
MLK LibraryThe program will feature Joel Snyder of Audio Description Associates.

AUDIO DESCRIPTION: The Visual Made Verbal
Making Visual Images Accessible to People Who Are Blind or Have Low Vision

Registration is encouraged but not required, as our free registration site has some accessibility issues itself.

6:30 PM - 6:45 PM - Welcome everyone.
6:45 PM - 8:00 PM - Join Joel Snyder (President of Audio Description Associates LLC) talk about the following:

Summary: At this interactive, multi-media session, participants will 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 estimated to be 25.2 million Americans (American Foundation for the Blind, 2008).

Through this hands-on workshop, describer training will be detailed according to the Fundamentals of Audio Description developed by Joel Snyder. Participants will experience how description makes performing and visual arts programming, websites and myriad activities more accessible to patrons who are blind or have low vision – and more enjoyable for all.

For example, anyone who presents visual images (museum docents, teachers, health care workers) can use AD techniques to “translate” the visual image to words. Through careful observation and the skillful use of language, he/she enlivens the presentation for all listeners.

In addition, the Americans With Disabilities Act and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act focus on access; these regulations apply to the broad range of American businesses and organizations as well as Federal agencies: Section 508 requires the Federal government to make its electronic and information technology accessible to people with disabilities. Inaccessible technology interferes with an individual's ability to obtain and use information quickly and easily.

Finally, the program will introduce attendees to the varied AD programs and resources available world-wide including ACB's Audio Description Project website and activities, the U.K.'s Royal National Institute of Blind People, Independent Television Commission and Audio Eyes resources, and guidelines/literature established by the Described and Captioned Media Program, the Audio Description Coalition, Art Education for the Blind, and "The Didactics of Audio Visual Translation" by Dr. Jorge Diaz-Cintas.

Program Goals/Outcomes: At the conclusion of the session, participants will know/experience:
-- who are "the blind"?
-- the history of Audio Description
-- Active Seeing / Visual Literacy
-- how to develop skills in concentration and observation
-- the art of "editing" what you see
-- using language to conjure images
-- how to use the spoken word to make meaning
-- developing an Audio Description program

Who Should Attend: all interested in an overview of Audio Description—particularly arts providers (performing arts producers/presenters, museum/visual art professionals), educators, writers, artists, government personnel, health-care workers

8:00 PM - 8:30 PM - Closing remarks, clean-up, and information about after event wanderings. We will also be looking for more ideas of what talks people want to here and/or give for the next meeting.

Mailing Address:
Union Station
 50 Massachusetts Ave. NE
P.O. Box 1653 Washington, DC 20002
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