|Part 1 - The ADP Website: Described TV, Movies, DVDs, Streaming Videos, Performing Arts, Museums, and More! Presenter: Fred Brack, Webmaster, ACB Audio Description Project
Part 2 - Welcome to St. Louis! Chaired by Jen Nigro, Audio-Reader Network. St. Louis has a burgeoning audio description community with AD available at area theaters, museums, performing arts centers, in media, and at other venues. Jen and Marjorie Moore, Minds Eye Radio, will provide an overview of this activity and the secrets to its success. Local describers and consumers of audio description will share their perspectives. Panelists include: Sarah Sims, Manager, K-12 Education Programs, Missouri History Museum; Chris Gray, AD consumer and Executive Director of the Missouri Council of the Blind; and Sean Smith, Director of Operations at The MUNY (invited).
Part 3 - Industry Update - Media: A review of the current status of broadcast description and the latest regarding the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act's mandates and broadcast description in the digital era (via smart phone apps, for example). Moderator: Carl Richardson, Massachusetts Office on Disability; panelists include Peter Brown, Charter Communications (invited); Tom Wlodkowski, Comcast (invited); Alex Koren, Actiview (via Skype); Peter Korn, Amazon.com; and Will Schell, Federal Communications Commission.
Part 4 - Mentoring Meet-Up: For the third time, the ACB Audio Description Project is offering its unique "mentorship" program: sighted attendees of the Audio Description Project Conference will be paired with a blind or visually impaired mentor. The best describers develop an understanding of the audience for whom they are providing a critical service. What better opportunity for such interaction than at the ACB Conference and Convention? At this meet-and-greet session, ADP Conference attendees will have the opportunity to meet and be mentored by an ACB member/description enthusiast and join him/her for the opening plenary session of the ACB Conference and Convention AND at least two other activities during the sessions over the next two mornings-e.g., touring the exhibit hall together, attending an affiliate meeting or an additional ACB general session, taking a walk, eating a meal together, or watching an audio described film. We hope these interactions will give you lots of practical experience interacting with individuals from the blindness community. You may forge a new friendship and increase understanding between the sighted and the blind communities. Chaired by Susan Glass, ADP Steering Committee, joined by mentors Jeff Thom, Sacramento, CA and Carl Richardson, Boston, MA.