Audio Description Coalition (ADC) recognizes audio description that upholds the ADC Standards for Audio Description, whether scripted or non-scripted for live performances (theater, dance, and opera) or live tours of exhibits (art galleries and museums, history and science museums, and visitor centers). ADC recognizes that recorded description for film, video, and television as well as exhibit tours are scripted.
Audio Description Coalition advocates compensation for audio description services, including training, description, mentoring and professional development, when provided by professionals who uphold the ADC Standards for Audio Description and Code of Professional Conduct for Describers. ADC, however, supports these professionals regardless of the compensation they receive.
Audio Description Coalition recognizes initial professional describer training programs of no less than two full days. The training should be led by an audio description trainer who adheres to the ADC Standards for Audio Description and Code of Professional Conduct for Describers with a minimum of five years of ongoing experience as a describer and/or administrator. The local administrator and the trainer should audition potential trainees to assess their aptitude for audio description. An effective training includes lectures, exercises, and plans for continued professional development.