Video description (sometimes called “audio description” or simply “description”) makes television programs and movies accessible for people who are blind or visually impaired.

Short verbal descriptions of action or key visual scenes in a program, such as the setting, costumes, and facial expressions, are provided to add context. The descriptions are inserted into pauses within a program’s dialog. Video description helps people who are blind or visually impaired to gain more complete access to the content of TV programs and movies and thereby more fully participate in society.

Reprinted with permission from the American Foundation for the Blind, Copyright © 2012 American Foundation for the Blind, all rights reserved. American Foundation for the Blind