EU launches a 3-year audio description project

Post date: 
Monday, 16 January 2017
Category: 
TV, Radio and Film

ADLAB PRO - Audio Description: A Laboratory for the Development of a New Professional Profile

It is exactly two years since ADLAB, a European project focused entirely on the audio description of film for the blind and visually impaired community, came to an end, acknowledged for its best practices and awarded the status of success story. It was coordinated by the University of Trieste, and now a new project ADLAB PRO, the natural successor to ADLAB, has been launched.

Based on the results attained previously, it marks an important step forward.

The aim this time is to create free-access, flexible, didactic materials of a modular and personalisable nature, for the creation of an extremely important yet little known professional figure with a key role in the field of media accessibility: the audio describer.

The audio describer is an audiovisual translator charged with producing verbal descriptions for the blind community, descriptions which recount the visual features of a work of art or an audiovisual product (a film, a museum, a dance, a sporting event or a religious ceremony, etc).

The new project falls within the programme Erasmus+, Key Actions 2–Strategic Partners. Again the University of Trieste has the coordinating role and consisting of 8 partners from 7 European countries belonging both to academia (University of Trieste, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Universiteit Antwerpen, Uniwersytet im. Adama Mickiewicza w Poznaniu), and the professional world (Utopian Voices Ltd., Radiotelevizija Slovenija Javni Zavod Ljubljana, Soundfocus, Royal National Institute of the Blind).”

The project has begun by taking a snapshot of current training provision for audio describers, including a survey of trainers and the materials they use.