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An audio describer delivers audio description to audiences with visual impairments at the Abbey Theatre

Access into Action: Writing Accessible Introductions

28 Jul 2020, 11:00 am (Past)


Access into Action: Writing Accessible Introductions

Arts & Disability Ireland is excited to announce the second Access into Action webinar in the series, developed to support Irish arts and culture professionals to create accessible content and experiences for audiences with disabilities.

Our second presenter is Roz Chalmers who will present Writing Accessible Introductions on Tuesday 28th July at 11am.

In this 60-minute webinar, Roz will give an overview of accessible introductory notes for online performances for audiences who are blind or visually impaired.

Roz will also share why it’s important to create introductory notes, the benefits and their impact, some quick tips for writing the introductory notes, and finally there will be a 20-minute Q&A session.

The Access into Action webinar series will provide practical knowledge that can be put into immediate action. Each webinar will provide a brief context, explore why an aspect of access is important, discuss the benefit for audiences, share practical know-how and close with a facilitated Q&A to ensure participants get the most out of each session.

This series forms part of ADI’s Dublin Access Partnership, which has been running since August 2018 and is embedding a more holistic approach to accessible arts programming for audiences with disabilities.

Each webinar will have live speech to text provided by MyClearText, and Irish Sign Language (ISL) interpretation is available on request. Requests for ISL should be made by 4pm on Tuesday 21st July by emailing our Event Manager Síle Stewart at sile@adiarts.ie

Should you have any other access requirements or questions, Síle will do everything she can to accommodate you.

Places are limited and registration is €5. Booking now closed.

See also: Access into Action: Subtitling Online Content, presented by Oli Webster, Programme Systems Manager at Stagetext, on Tuesday 14th July at 11am.

Further sessions will be announced soon.



Roz Chalmers has been working in audio description for over twenty years.  She is part of the resident team of describers in London’s National Theatre, The Old Vic Theatre, Chickenshed and the Park Theatre.  She also works as a freelance audio describer for VocalEyes. She has described drama, musicals, comedy, opera, circus, ballet and contemporary dance, outdoor events and arena shows as well as architecture and collections in museums, galleries and heritage sites.  She is an audio description trainer and apart from the UK has trained describers in the US, Hungary, Portugal and Hong Kong.  During the pandemic she has been providing recorded audio description for streamed productions and regular online workshops for small venues and individuals in the UK and elsewhere to help them improve their offer to people who are blind and visually impaired.

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Access into Action
Introductory notes
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