In conjunction with ACB’s 51st annual conference and convention in Louisville, KY, the awards were presented at a plenary session attended by over 1500 ACB members.
The Kentucky Center Access Services Department received the Achievement in Audio Description – Performing Arts category award.
The Achievement Awards are made to individuals and/or organizations for outstanding contributions to the establishment and/or continued development of significant audio description programs.
“Audio Description uses words that are succinct, vivid, and imaginative to convey the visual image from television, film, DVDs, theater, museums and many other settings,” stated Mitch Pomerantz, president of the American Council of the Blind. "This year’s awards are particularly appropriate coming just as the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act mandate for audio description on broadcast television takes effect. The organizations honored with these awards are among the leaders in description. They help make so many aspects of our culture accessible to people who are blind or have low vision; they deserve this special recognition.”
The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts Access Services Program first began offering Audio Description in 1993 using highly trained and skilled Volunteers. As the demand for the service grew the Kentucky Center began offering Audio Description for other arts organizations in the community. Currently, the Kentucky Center’s Access program provides audio description for Kentucky Center presents performances, Broadway In Louisville, The Kentucky Opera, The Louisville Ballet, Stage One Children’s Theatre, Stage One Musicals, and Actors Theatre of Louisville.
Additional information about ACB’s Audio Description Project is available at: www.acb.org/adp
About the American Council of the Blind
The American Council of the Blind is a national membership organization. Its members are blind, visually impaired, and fully sighted individuals who are concerned about the dignity and well-being of blind people throughout the nation.
Formed in 1961, the ACB is one of the largest organizations of blind people in the world, with more than 70 state and special-interest affiliates and a nationwide network of chapters and members spanning the globe.
To learn more about The Kentucky Center’s Access Services Program you can visit, www.kentuckycenter.org/AboutUs/AccessServices .