Books & Other Publications

What’s What: A Physical Glossary of the Physical World. David Fisher and Reginald Bragonier, Jr.; Hammond, Maplewood, NJ.

Who’s Watching: A Profile of the Blind and Visually Impaired Audience for Television and Video. Jaclyn Packer and Corinne Kirchner; American Foundation for the Blind; 11 Penn Plaza, Suite 300, New York, NY 10001; 212 502-7600;

The Describer’s Dictionary: A Treasury of Terms & Literary Quotations. David Grambs; W. W. Norton & Co., New York, NY.

A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words for Blind and Visually Impaired Persons Too! – An Introduction to Audiodescription. Fay Ellis; American Foundation for the Blind;

Talking Pictures: People Talk About the Photographs That Speak to Them. Marvin Heiferman and Carole Kismaric; Chronicle Books, San Francisco.

Sight Unseen: The Art of Active Seeing. John Schaefer; GoodYear Books/Scott Foresman, Glenview, IL.

Making Visual Art Accessible to People Who Are Blind and Visually Impaired. Art Education for the Blind, New York, NY; 212 334-3700;

Guidelines for Accessible Exhibition Design. Smithsonian Institution, Accessibility Office; 202 786-2942.

What Museum Guides Need to Know: Access for Blind and Visually Impaired Visitors. Gerda Groff with Laura Gardner; American Foundation for the Blind;

The Accessible Museum. American Association of Museums, Washington, DC; 202 289-1818;

Access To Art: A Museum Directory for Blind and Visually Impaired People. American Foundation for the Blind;

“A Scandal in Bohemia,” in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; Bantam Books (pp. 210-211), New York, NY.

Acting: The First Six Lessons. Richard Boleslavsky; Theatre Arts Books (Concentration, Observation), New York, NY.

Molly Sweeney. Brian Friel; Dramatists Play Service, New York, NY.

“The Case of the Colorblind Painter: To See and Not See,” in An Anthropologist on Mars. Dr. Oliver Sacks; Knopf, New York, NY.

You Don’t Have to Be Blind to See. Jim Stovall; Thomas A.Nelson, Inc., Nashville, TN.

Other Publications

All publications by Joel Snyder are copyright protected. Please contact Joel Snyder at [email protected] for permission to reproduce.

“The Visual Made Verbal” by Joel Snyder from The Didactics of Audiovisual Translation, edited by Jorge Diaz-Cintas (106K PDF)

“Annotated Audio Description script to Color of Paradise excerpt” by Joel Snyder (33K DOC)

What Do You See? Notes on Audio Description. Tom Weatherston; Kentucky Center for the Arts; 502 562-0198.

Descriptive Film Notes. Elly Rubin; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; 617 369-3299;

What Do You Do When You Meet Someone Who Can’t See. Lighthouse International, New York, NY; 212 821-9200;

“A Guide for Sighted People … When with Blind or Visually Impaired Persons.” The Jewish Guild for the Blind, New York, NY; 212 769-6200

Conference Summary: The First Annual International Conference on Audio Description (June 1995). 1995 ADI Conference Summary (162K DOC)

The Second International Conference on Audio Description (March 2002) 2002 ADI Conference Summary

For additional audio description resources and information, go to the American Council of the Blind’s Audio Description Project website at: