Headshot of Councilor Dr. Joel Snyder

Joel Snyder, Ph.D.

Dr. Joel Snyder is a professional actor and voice talent and a long-time member of Actors’ Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA. In addition, for over 20 years, Dr. Snyder was an arts presenter, theater/speech educator, and coordinated funding to arts presenters and multidisciplinary work from the National Endowment for the Arts. He is known internationally as one of the world’s first “audio describers,” a pioneer in the field of Audio Description. Since 1981, he has introduced audio description techniques in over 40 states and 64 countries and has made thousands of live events, media projects and museums accessible.  Most recently, Dr. Snyder was named a Fulbright Scholar to train audio describers in Greece over a four-week period in 2019.

In 2014, the American Council of the Blind published Dr. Snyder’s book, The Visual Made Verbal – A Comprehensive Training Manual and Guide to the History and Applications of Audio Description, now available as an audio book and in Braille from the Library of Congress, in screen reader accessible formats, and in English, Polish, Russian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Chinese print editions; a version in Italian is planned for 2023.  His PhD is from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona with a focus on audiovisual translation/audio description.  Dr. Snyder is the President of Audio Description Associates, LLC (www.audiodescribe.com) and he serves as the Founder/Senior Consultant of the Audio Description Project of the American Council of the Blind (https://adp.acb.org).