Mr. Joel Snyder
One of the first audio describers, Joel Snyder began describing theater events and media in 1981. Each year he develops audio described tours for major museums throughout the United States including the Smithsonian Institution, the Getty, the Albright-Knox, the National Aquarium, and several state museums and myriad National Park and Forest Service exhibit centers. In media, Snyder has produced description for nationally broadcast films and network series including Sesame Street broadcasts and DVDs. In addition, his descriptions and voice are part of the soundtrack accessed by visually impaired audiences at cinema screenings of dozens of feature films. Internationally, he introduced description techniques in more than 25 countries: recently, he presented workshops in Sydney, Istanbul, Shanghai, and for the World Blind Union in Geneva and also trained describers in Brazil, Italy, and in Spain at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona where he is a Ph.D. candidate in audiovisual translation.