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What is audio description?

Audio description offers people who are blind or have low vision an understanding of what is happening visually within a theatre, television, film, DVD, museum, exhibition or other arts related productions.

Audio description is an additional narration that succinctly paints an image of transitions, movements, gestures, props, settings, costumes and scenery woven between the dialogues.

Vision Australia has been providing audio description services for 30 years across the entire arts and entertainment industry.

Audio description has also changed the way people watch their favourite programs. Listen to their stories here.

Audio description and Vision Australia

Watch the following video to discover the different ways Vision Australia's audio description team make content more accessible to people who are blind or have low vision.

At the theatre

Vision Australia works with many different theatres and production companies around Australia to provide audio description for live performances.

Read practical information about attending an audio described performance and view upcoming performances on the events page.

On television

Over the past 20 years, Vision Australia has advocated for increased audio description across cinema and television.

On-demand streaming

Find out what audio described movies are available on streaming services: Netflix, Stan and Amazon Prime.

Free to air

Recently, ABC and SBS have launched 14 hours of audio description content on each channel.

Alternatively, visit the audio description programming schedule on the ABC website or SBS website.

More information

If you would like to learn more about audio description and how you can be involved contact National Coordinator of Audio Description Michael Ward.

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