The Wonderful World of Audio Description in 2022: Getting Started, Discovering What is Out There, Enjoying the Process and the Product

Tuesday, January 25, 2022


Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act requires federal agencies to make their information and communication technology (ICT) accessible to people with disabilities. Planning for accessibility needs to be a part of the development and lifecycle plan of any ICT project, including video and multimedia projects. These types of projects can be accessible by providing audio description, or sometimes referred to as video description, which is used by persons who are blind or have low vision. Presenters will review different types of accessible media, the basics of audio description, considerations in planning procurement and development of accessible video and multimedia, and best practices in providing audio description into media. Presenters will also address agency successes, challenges, and limitations in the contracting process and implementation of audio description. Questions can be submitted in advance of the session or can be posed during the live webinar. Webinar attendees can receive a participation certificate.

Registration closes 24 hours before the start of the session. Instructions for accessing the webinar on the day of the session will be sent via email to registered individuals in advance of the session. Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) and Video Sign Language Interpreters are available for each session and will be broadcast via the webinar platform. A telephone option (not toll-free) for receiving audio is also available.

The Section 508 Best Practices Webinar Series provides helpful information and best practices for federal agencies in meeting their obligations under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act which ensures access to information and communication technology in the federal sector. This webinar series is made available by the Accessibility Community of Practice of the CIO Council in partnership with the U.S. Access Board.

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Michele Hartley, Media Accessibility Coordinator, Harpers Ferry Center, National Park Service

Gary Morin, Program Analyst, NIH Office of the Chief Information Officer

Patrick Sheehan, Chief, Section 508 Office, Section 508 Program Manager, Department of Veterans' Affairs

Joel Snyder, President, Audio Description Associates, LLC (USA), Director of Audio Description Project, American Council of the Blind