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Researchers at Curtin University are currently conducting research into audio description (AD) on television in Australia. While disability advocates have been lobbying for audio description on television for many years, like the struggles to get captioning widely integrated, the benefits of audio description are not widely known or understood.

As such this research seeks out

  • vision impaired users,
  • people with ASD,
  • parents of young children who are confronted with daily multitasking, and
  • televisions fans who might use audio description to deepen their experience of their favourite program.
  • This study has been approved by the Curtin University Human Research Ethics Committee (Approval Number HR 2018/0105). The Committee is comprised of members of the public, academics, lawyers, doctors and pastoral carers. If needed, verification of approval can be obtained either by writing to the Curtin University Human Research Ethics Committee C/- Office of Research and Development, Curtin University of Technology, GPO Box U1987, Perth WA 6845 or by telephoning 08 9266 9223 or by emailing
  • This research is being funded by the Australian Communications Consumer Action Group (ACCAN).
  • The results of this study will provide information to see how accessible these services currently are and provide information on how they could potentially be improved. If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact Dr Katie Ellis at Curtin University at 08 9266 2509.
  • Do not worry if you have not heard of audio-description, or have never experienced it before, we will provide a link to a relevant audio-described video that will provide a focus point for the discussion. If you have a vision impairment, autism, are a parent of small children, or just a fan of a particular television program we would love to hear from you and have your participation. By bringing people together to discuss themes and issues around audio-description we hope to gather a wide range of experiences for using audio-description that enhances the experience of television ‘viewing’ for people with disabilities and those without.
  • Descriptive video track from ‘The Lion King” Narrator describes what is happening on the screen for the blind/visually impaired
  • Descriptive Video Demonstration – The Lion King – YouTube
  • We invite people to participate in an online focus group discussing audio description. An example of audio description can be found at this link