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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 Virtual Training 2021-2022

The level two class was exactly that - a deeper dive into scripting and honing visual descriptions that takes you well beyond 101 classes. My co-hort was an amazing blend of working professionals with a variety of artistic preferences, which created a rich collection of material to critique and learn from. The readings and assignments were manageable and very relevant, and the intimate class size made it easy to be heard and keep focused. Colleen and Melissa were amazing guides as well as instructors, creating a space to respectfully explore each topic and encourage thoughtful feedback. I have already put into practice many ideas discussed in class and will absolutely look to ADTR for future classes to keep my skills relevant and sharp.

Bridget M, Level 2 Virtual Training 2022

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 Virtual Training, 2020-2022

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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 Virtual Training 2022

Fascinating is a great word to describe my experience at the level-one audio description retreat. Colleen and Liz were friendly, accommodating, and engaging teachers. I learned a lot. I’m ready for more.

Paul R, Level 1 Virtual Training 2022

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

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