Roger Johansson, Jana Holsanova and Viveka Lyberg Åhlander received a project grant from FORTE (Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare) for a three-years multidisciplinary project ”How the blind audience receive and experience audio descriptions of visual events”.

The theoretical aim of the project is to gain a better understanding of the principles that underlie successful communication between the sighted and the blind via audio description (AD). The aim of a series of experiments is to identify similarities and differences in how the sighted and the blind understand, segment and experience visual, spatial as well as temporal properties of an event. The project also includes workshops with researchers, practitioners of AD, interest organisations and blind users of AD. The applied goal is to increase the quality of AD and to support the training of audio describers and AD practices, and ultimately facilitate the understanding and accessibility of visual information for the visually impaired.

Keywords: audio description; cognition; communication; visual, spatial and temporal properties of events; voice quality; understanding and enjoyment of film; sighted and blind audiences