Janet Zoubek Dickson, McCarter Theatre, Princeton, NJ
Ruth M. Feldman, Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven, CT
Celia Hughes, VSA Texas, Austin, TX
Deborah B. Lewis, Arts Access Now, Altadena, CA
Michael Mooney, Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn, NJ
William V. Patterson, Audio Description Solutions, New Oxford, PA
Betty Siegel, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC
Jessica Swanson, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC
The founders of the Audio Description Coalition (ADC) first met at the Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD) Conference in Washington, DC, in August 2006, to begin documenting what they believe to be the best practices or standards of audio description and to create a code of conduct for audio describers and trainers. Working from the Standards for Audio Description of the California Audio Describers Alliance, the founders of ADC developed this expanded document between August 2006 and August 2007. The second edition was issued in August 2008 and the third in June 2009.
The members of the California Audio Describers Alliance include AudioVision, Los Angeles Radio Reading Service, Ethel Louise Armstrong Foundation, San Diego Opera, and Audio Description Los Angeles. The California Audio Describers Alliance standards were created by a committee of audio describers based on original audio description training materials from Gregory Frazier of San Francisco State University and Alan Woods of the Ohio Theatre Alliance, who was trained by Margaret and Cody Pfanstiehl of the Metropolitan Washington Ear.