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Audio Description

Audio description is the insertion of audio explanations and descriptions of key visual elements in films, TV, and other media. Responsibilities are as follows:


  • Choose DVDs and videos that include audio description. A catalog is available.
  • To obtain DVDs and videos that include audio description for class use, contact Darby Orcutt at DH Hill Library.
  • When using a DVD or video that has audio description, or when showing a described TV program, check with the technical staff in your college or department in advance about the use of the equipment (i.e. how to turn on the audio descriptions).
  • If a described version is not available, your academic department will be responsible for covering the cost of live description. Contact Arts Access for more information.


  • Contact your instructor and your DRO service provider immediately if course DVDs and videos are not described.
  • If the description is done live, contact the instructor and the DRO immediately to report absence or other problems.
  • Repeated failure to report your absence to the DRO could result in loss of services.

See also:  Guidelines for the Description of Educational Media