I’m proud to be able to tell you that VocalEyes has been recognised in the 2020 Achievement Awards in Audio Description, an initiative of the American Council of the Blind’s Audio Description Project (ADP) with the award of Achievement in Audio Description – International category.
The American Council of the Blind is a national membership organization of blind, visually impaired, and fully sighted individuals who are concerned about the dignity and well-being of blind people throughout the US. 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.
Each year since 2009, the Council’s Audio Description Project has recognized individuals and organizations for their contributions to audio description, as nominated by their peers and users. Previous winners from the UK are Anne Hornsby, Mind’s Eye (Achievement in Audio Description – International, 2015), Dr Louise Fryer (The Dr. Margaret R. Pfanstiehl Memorial Achievement Award in Audio Description – Research and Development, 2014) and Joan Greening and the RNIB (Achievement in Audio Description – International, 2009).
The award is a testament to the skill, dedication and support of the incredible team that has made VocalEyes what we are since 1998: past and present audio describers, trainers, technicians, producers, staff, trustees, funders, volunteers, ambassadors, user panellists and above all the supportive community of audio description users across the UK, who demand and deserve the best so that they can enjoy the arts on an equal basis in society.
It comes at a time when theatres, museums and heritage sites across the UK face an uncertain future, and we’re all concerned with ensuring access and inclusion is not sacrificed. If you’d like to lend your voice to the call for the UK Government to ensure the survival of the arts, please lend your support to the Public Campaign for the Arts, sign their petition or write to your MP.
VocalEyes also supports the UK Disability Arts Alliance (#WeShallNotBeRemoved), which reminds us of the creative power of disabled artists and disability arts organisations. We stand alongside them to increase access and inclusion, break down barriers and support everyone’s right to cultural life.