Getting the Most Out of the ADP Website

Getting the Most Out of the ADP Website

Getting the Most Out of the ADP Website How to Access Audio Described TV, Movies, and Videos Fred Brack, Webmaster July 7, 2015 History March 2002: Audio Description International (ADI) Conference in Washington DC; Barry Levine president March 2003: Fred Brack takes over as ADI webmaster April 2009: Barry Levine dies; Fred maintains website May 2010: Joel Snyder convinces ACB to take on the Audio Description Project as a sponsored initiative o Website name, URL, and appearance changed; Fred continues as webmaster 2014: Joel officially forms ADP Committee to help guide the Project and Conference

Getting the Most Out of the ADP Website July 7, 2015 2 Overview Our site is intended for both users and providers of audio description worldwide, but primarily USA We answer the questions what, how, who, where, and when about audio description in multiple media We primary cover: o DVDs and Blu-ray discs with AD; commercial movies - purchase or rental o Video Description on TV: whats available and how to receive it o Performing Arts and other venues like museums offering audio description o Providers of audio description services for both consumers and business

Getting Wethecurrently average 7700 visits/month Most Out of the ADP Website July 7, 2015 3 Main Menu Getting the Most Out of the ADP Website July 7, 2015 4 with Vision Impairment

Blind, using Screen Reader o o o o Alt text on all images (very few images on site) Headings used to help navigate page sections Hidden Skip Navigation link on each page Certain other hidden links (such as description of logo) Low Vision o Default: Large font Black text on light yellow background High contrast headings (white on dark blue) o Two additional options available (and remembered) under Site Accessibility menu option: Even larger font Reverse colors Getting the Most Out of the ADP Website

July 7, 2015 5 Top Three Pages Television o Described TV series by network o How to find described shows o How to access description on your TV DVDs o General information about description on DVDs and Blu-ray discs o This years releases, most recent first o Plot summaries and link to Amazon for purchase (commission to ACB) Home Page o Feature articles about AD around the world o Listing of latest described DVDs o Pointers to reference information Getting the Most Out of the ADP Website

July 7, 2015 6 Television Page Described TV shows by Network o Broadcast Networks ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, (PBS) o Non-Broadcast Networks Reqd: Disney, History Channel, TBS, TNT, USA Voluntary: Nickelodeon, SyFy, TCM Where to find a listing of described shows How to receive video description Who must provide video description Links to more information Getting the Most Out of the ADP Website July 7, 2015 7

Popular Described Series ABC: black-ish, Modern Family, Nashville, Shark Tank, The Middle CBS: Criminal Minds, NCIS, NCIS-Los Angeles FOX: Bones, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Family Guy, Hells Kitchen NBC: Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Grimm, Law and Order SVU Disney: Austin & Ally, Dog With a Blog, Jessie History Channel: unknown Nickelodeon: Bubble Guppies, Dora the Explorer USA: Graceland, Royal Pains, Covert Affairs Getting the Most Out of the ADP Website July 7, 2015 8 Listings for Description

Two Listings options: TV Network and Independent Networks offering separate pages: o CBS, Fox, Disney, Nickelodeon, TBS (difficult), TNT (difficult), USA o Not offering: ABC, NBC, History Channel, PBS, TCM write to them! Independent listing services o AFB Advantage: very specific to your provider and time zone Disadvantage: must make 4 menu selections first, and listing is very detailed and specific to one day o Private offering (S Andrade-Miles & M Lutz) Sorry, this fine listing is no longer available Getting the Most Out of the ADP Website July 7, 2015 9 TV Listings Example AFB Listing

Described TV Listing Results - 22 Listings Search Criteria Zip Code: 27615 Service Provider: Time Warner Cable HD - Raleigh Time Period: Monday, July 14, 2014 8:00 PM through Tuesday, July 15, 2014 12:00 AM Category: All Narrow Your Results Results Family Guy Start Time: 7/14/2014 8:00:00 PM Channel: 34 Network: TBS Duration: 30 minutes Category: Other Sub Category: animated comedy Family Guy Start Time: 7/14/2014 8:00:00 PM Channel: 104 Network: TBSHD Duration: 30 minutes Category: Other Sub Category: animated comedy

MasterChef Start Time: 7/14/2014 8:00:00 PM Channel: 13 Network: WRAZ Duration: 60 minutes Category: Other Sub Category: reality MasterChef Start Time: 7/14/2014 8:00:00 PM Channel: 1206 Network: WRAZD1 Duration: 60 minutes Category: Other Sub Category: reality Getting the Most Out of the ADP Website July 7, 2015 10 DVDs and Blu-ray

Discs The only complete listing of every USA commercial movie released on DVD and/or Bluray since 2001 Updated weekly with new releases Total: Over 400 described videos available (about 80 per year recently) Each listing has cover photo, plot summary, link to Amazon to order (supports our website!), and comments (such as no AD on rental versions) Pointers to additional sources for described DVDs (such as educational and international) Info on how to access the description track Getting the Most Out of the ADP Website July 7, 2015 11 Some 2015 Releases

Chappie The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water Focus McFarland USA American Sniper Selma Taken 3 Wild Annie The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 Getting the Most Out of the ADP Website July 7, 2015

12 Podcast We also have a podcast covering many of the same topics discussed today You will find subsets of the podcast on several pages (e.g., Television and DVDs) Getting the Most Out of the ADP Website July 7, 2015 13 Other ADP Site Features Learn all about audio description o What and how o Samples of description o Articles and blogs about description Training opportunities for describers, and how

description is used in Education and Academics Description opportunities across the country in performing arts venues, museums, parks, etc. Information about description at movie theaters Pointers to providers of AD services International AD information Getting the Most Out of the ADP Website July 7, 2015 14 Other Media We Use Were on Facebook! o Like Audio Description Project, as 1300 others have o Primary use is to announce new described DVDs o Additional usage for pointers to site articles and to answer submitted questions Were on Twitter! o

o o o Use handle @ADPwebmaster for AD Project (165 followers) We generally copy #AudioDescription Primary use is to announce new described DVDs Secondary use is to retweet information about description We Have a Listserv! o Share information on or ask a question about audio description o See the About/Contact page on our website to join or view Getting the Most Out of the ADP Website July 7, 2015 15 How YOU Can Help If you represent an organization, send us an article for the website

If you find the ADP Website, Facebook page, or Twitter feed useful spread the word! Help support our site by purchasing DVDs or Bluray discs via our Amazon links Help support our site by initiating any purchases you choose to make from Amazon via the link on our main page and bookmark that link for future use! Thank You! Getting the Most Out of the ADP Website July 7, 2015 16

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