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The Disabilities Network of New York City brings people, organizations, government and industry together to find soultions to the problems faced by New Yorkers with physical, visual and hearing disabilities. We work for full inclusion of people with disabilities into the vast civic, social and economic life of New York City.

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Disabilities Network Offers Free AUDIO DESCRIPTION TRAINING: December 9-11


The Disabilities Network of NYC/disTHIS! Film Series is recruiting individuals to be a part of a unique ongoing professional Audio Description service for disTHIS! events and the annual Reel Abilities Film Festival.


Funding for this program has been provided through the UJA Federation.


What is audio description? Audio Description makes visual elements of film (and theatre, etc.) accessible to people who are blind or have low vision -- with audio description the visual is made verbal.   For example, in audio described films, users of the service hear a description of the visual elements of the performance through a small FM receiver and headset, with the descriptive narration delivered inconspicuously between lines of dialogue.  The result is closer to that of sighted audience members.  The technique is also used with a range of performing arts forms, in museums, and with television broadcasts. Other possible uses include writing audio descriptive scripts for movies and television or audio describing live performances. Professionals in the field get paid up to $200 for script preparation or $250 for describing live events.



The Disabilities Network of NYC and the UJA has scheduled the description training sessions for December 9-11, 2009 which will be conducted by Audio Description Associates and the American Council of the Blind’s Audio Description Program.  Director Joel Snyder will be conducting the training. Snyder is a twenty-eight year veteran of audio description across the USA and abroad. He was one of the first audio describers in the United States.




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What you need to know: Because of the limited number of slots available, participants must be able to attend all training sessions. Training is provided free-of-charge in exchange for providing audio description services upon request a minimum of two times in the coming year for either disTHIS! or Reel Abilities screenings or events. Upon successful completion of audio description training participants will receive a certificate from the American Council of the Blind and Audio Description Associates showing they’ve completed the course.  Deadline for registration is December 1. Participation is limited to the first 20 who register.


Who should apply? Describers should have a clear voice, good verbal skills, a love of the arts and a demonstrated interest in assisting people who are blind or have low vision to be an excellent prospect for audio description. They should have a creative vocabulary and enjoy the arts including cinema, theatre, dance, museums, etc.  The ideal candidates are enthusiastic self-starters who want to add audio description to their skill set and are eager to use their new skills.  


For further information, or to register for the audio description training program, contact Lawrence Carter-Long at Lawrence@dnnyc.net or call 212-590-9493


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