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BADIE Contest

Updated as of February 19, 2024.

Benefits of Audio Description in Education (BADIE) Contest 2024

Audio description opens doors of access to visually-presented information in videos (movies, television shows, and more) to blind/low vision individuals of all ages. The BADIE contest invites students to write a review of an audio-described video – sharing the good, the bad, and the ugly.

“The Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP) and the American Council of the Blind’s Audio Description Project (ADP) believe that awareness of and engagement with audio description can greatly enhance the educational experiences of students with no or low vision. The Benefits of Audio Description in Education (BADIE) essay contest invites young people ages 7–21 to compete for great prizes by watching a film with audio description and submitting a brief evaluation of the strengths (and/or weaknesses) of the audio description.” From the Benefits of Audio Description in Education (BADIE) web page.

Guidelines and Prizes from the Benefits of Audio Description in Education (BADIE) web page

  • The entry deadline has been extended and is now Monday, February 19, 2024, 11:59 pm (ET). Entries must be submitted via the BADIE Entry online portal.
  • Students may submit one essay each.
  • There are four entry categories: Sophomore (ages 7 to 10), Junior (ages 11 to 15), Senior (ages 16 to 21), and Alternate Assessment (non-traditional matriculation).
  • Essays must be the student’s original work. Collaborative or plagiarized essays will be disqualified.
  • Essays should be between 300 and 500 words long.
  • There is no entry fee.
  • There will be a first, second, and third place winner in each category, as well as a grand prize winner. First place winners and their teachers receive $100 gift cards; second place winners receive $50 gift cards; and third place winners receive $25 gift cards. The grand prize winner receives an iPad Mini, and the teacher receives a $100 gift card.
  • Everyone who enters the contest will receive certificates of participation.

More information about the contest

Find out more information, including details about contest essay evaluations and more at the Benefits of Audio Description in Education (BADIE) web page.

More information about Audio Description

The Bridges Resource Library contains great information about audio description and how to find audio-described shows. Please check out these entries:

Audio Description

Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP)

Audio Description Project of the American Council of the Blind (ACB)

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This unique project is being coordinated through The IMAGE Center of Maryland, a center for independent living in Towson, and it is funded by a grant from the Maryland Department of Education Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services.

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