Audio Description

Getting out of the car, my friend Flavio said, “Next time we come to the cinema, I’ll lend each of you a white cane – that’ll really freak everyone out if they think the driver is blind too!”OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Flavio had lost his sight in a road accident aged 15, but twenty years ago was an excellent example to me of how he was still higher functioning than most people I knew. Parachute jump fundraisers perhaps pushing the limits further than I’d want to go, he’d just started a Fine Arts degree at university, specialising in tactile art – after all he used to ask me to check his socks were in matching pairs…

It shouldn’t be surprising that he also enjoyed television and cinema, but if even then there were accessibility tools for the hard of hearing (closed captions, signing) the age of audio description had yet to come.

As a teenager I’d had the chance to assist for a short while with a project for an audio newspaper for the blind, and in 2010 enjoyed catching up with Herb Merriweather at the Los Angeles Radio Reading Service.

Herb, and the crew at Audioeyes are the driving force behind a project bringing accessibility to the blind audience, in a way that would have hugely benefitted my friend Flavio’s experience all those years ago – audio description.

Here’s news about an online event on May 14 (date to be repeated!!) through which you can learn more about this exciting voiceover niche, and facility for the blind. I know it’s exciting, because in a recent Skype conversation with Herb Merriweather, I had to scrape my tablet off the ceiling!!!

What happens when you put blind people, entertainment professionals, and educators in one place? Video Description Magic! That’s what happens.


May 14, 2014, Audio Eyes, an accessible media company, will make history, and you can be part of it! The first ever, live, crowdsourced description event will allow you to contribute, in real time, to the magical process that will make a feature film accessible and enjoyable for people with vision loss. Ask questions, make comments, influence the final script!

Never heard of description? Learn how TV programs are made accessible for people who cannot see the screen. Did you know that video description is available on your TV every day? If you tried to share a YouTube video with a blind friend or relative, how would they know what was on the screen?


Educators and entertainment professionals may wonder about the cost and time required to make a video accessible. Log on and hear answers from the blind professionals who are making a difference in the media industry.

All blind consumers are encouraged to log on and help demonstrate how your opinions can make description better.

Join Audio Eyes and the Described Captioned Media Program for this
ground-breaking, live web event, and make magic happen:

Inside Video Description: How Pictures Become Words
May 14th, 12:30 – 2:30PM PDT

Register here

Inside Video Description: How Pictures Become Words


Inside Video Description: How Pictures Become Words – Register FREE here

AudioEyes – Video Description specialists / Quality Captioning Providers

Herb Merriweather – personal website

Herb Merriweather – Person Behind the Voice interview (June 2010)

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