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Audio Description of Visual Information

Audio description provides a verbal explanation of graphics, video, or other visual information for students who are blind or have visual impairments.

Audio description adds narration conveying visual information about the settings, costumes, or body language in videos or other forms of visual presentations to help persons who are blind or have visual impairments understand important visual elements. Audio description is intended to complement, not interfere or replace visual information. Objective descriptions are typically inserted between portions of dialogue. Some pre-recorded videos may already have audio descriptions, however many will need to have auditory explanations given for visual information. In some cases the instructor may be able to provide auditory explanations about visual information for blind and visually impaired students, in other cases media may need to be sent to the services for students with disabilities office to have audio descriptions added.

Responsibilities


Student

Whenever possible, the student should give at least six weeks' notice to the services for students with disabilities office if they will need audio description.

Faculty

Faculty need to collaborate with the services for students with disabilities office by providing materials as far in advance as possible for audio description production.

Administration

The services for students with disabilities office is responsible working with the student and faculty member to ensure that the student has equal access to important visual information.

Resources

Related Functional Characteristics

Low Vision : Audio description provides information about important visual elements in presentations for students with visual impairments.

Blindness : Audio description provides information about important visual elements in presentations for students who are blind.

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