We Describe the World

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“We Describe the World” is a national campaign conducted by the Described and Captioned Media Program in cooperation with national broadcasters to increase awareness of audio description.

What is Audio Description?

Audio Description is a secondary audio track with additional narration that describes vital visual information for viewers who are blind and visually impaired.

You can view this episode of Edgar Allan Poe: Buried Alive from American Masters and PBS Learning Media for an example of educational television programming with high-quality audio description added.

How Do I Turn On Audio Description?

For broadcast and cable television programs and movies that are audio described, you access Audio Description through your TV remote. Look for the “SAP” button. “SAP” stands for Secondary Audio Programming.

Streaming services that provide audio description, such as Netflix or Prime Video, have different ways to enable the feature. Smart TVs, cable boxes, and streaming devices such as Roku and Apple TV all have different accessibility options. DCMP’s video player and accessibility settings allow for easy access to audio description. You can use the guide below to help you find the information for your preferred devices [...]

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