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I went from first hearing about AD to working in the field within months thanks to AD Training Retreats. The class size is perfect for individualized feedback, questions and input, as well as group conversation. Not only is it a wonderful opportunity to learn and practice the craft, but it’s a great networking resource as well. ADTR provides a comfortable, welcoming, enjoyable space to talk all things AD. I can’t recommend it enough.

Lori W, Levels 1 & 2, 2021-2022

The Advanced Writing for the Screen course was phenomenal!  Melissa and Colleen are so knowledgeable and open to sharing their expertise.  I love the way the class was structured - small enough so that everyone could fully participate, but large enough so that there were a variety of perspectives.  Every moment of class time was spent gaining valuable information to help participants gain confidence and the real world knowledge needed to take those first steps into becoming AD writers.  I highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to develop their AD writing skills.

Judy A, Advanced AD: Writing For The Screen, 2023

Training with ADTR has changed and expanded my world - both in my career and as an artist. I've gained so many incredible skills in this program. I've also gained the confidence to pursue AD professionally and help heighten the quality of accessibility for art and entertainment.

Tess D, Levels 1 & 2, 2020-2022

A screenshot of an ADTR class held via ZOOM  meeting, with the two instructors and seven participants smiling from all around the world.

Colleen Connor and Liz Gutman really know their stuff!  It was a genuine pleasure to learn from two highly knowledgeable professionals in the world of audio description.  As a former corporate training manager their program design was well defined and thoroughly developed with the learner in mind.   The handouts were informative and the class size of 8 was ideal to ensure ample practice time for each participant.  I highly recommend this course to anyone interested in learning the fundamentals of audio description.

Deb D, Level 1, 2022

Colleen and I have shared the stage on numerous panels on Audio Description for film and TV.

Thanks to her years of coaching top performing AD professionals, and her ongoing pulse on the industry, her perspectives and understanding of AD are second to none, and she has a clear, inviting, and enjoyable way of sharing what works and what doesn’t in the industry.

Roy Samuelson, Audio Description and Vocal Talent Coach

The training retreat was a perfect blend of teaching, hands on practice, and collaboration. Pairing an instructor who provides Audio Description with an instructor who uses Audio Description made for a dynamic experience with multiple perspectives. I highly recommend this training to anyone interested in making media and performance more accessible.

Cheryl G, Levels 1 & 2 In-Person Training, 2016-2017

The Audio Description Training Retreat (level 1) was amazing! It was literally everything I was looking for to jump into the world of Audio Description. The best part was how hands on the training was. Jan and Colleen provided lots of great background information and examples, but we also spent hours practicing the description and getting feedback right there on the spot. I left there confident I could do this! The retreat format was perfect, allowing us to focus on learning this new craft, but also providing time to recharge and get ready for the next lesson. And the food was delish! I can't wait for the next level.

Tammy G, Levels 1 & 2 In-Person Training, 2016-2017

3 ADTR students huddle together smiling in life jackets. The person on the left is a non-binary trans white individual with spiky brown hair, the woman in the middle is a petite white woman with sunglasses, and at right is a black woman with her natural curly hair pulled back in a ponytail.
A group of 8 diverse ADTR students, 2 instructors, and a dog posing for a photo together on a porch.
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