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Projects with Promise

Vol. 25 No. 4

Audio Description for All: Serving the Low Vision Spanish-Speaking Community in the United States

November 26, 2020


Audio description (AD), narrative description of key visual elements for visually impaired or blind audiences, is provided in English in the United States; however, Spanish-language AD is almost nonexistent. Because Spanish is the most spoken and fastest growing non-English language in this country, training translation students to provide AD in Spanish fills a gap for the visually impaired Latino population. This article shows how a project on AD for the theater was used in a community-based course at Montclair State University (New Jersey), what challenges we encountered, and how those challenges were overcome. I also provide a step-by-step program plan to help implement such initiatives. In addition to learning about AD, I guided my students to reflect critically upon language, arts, and accessibility in the multicultural reality of the United States