‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ just got more accessible to blind audiences

It makes me happy that many of the streaming services are catching up with audio describes content for the sight imp[aired. Apple TV has always been a bit ahead of the curve in that department, but now Netflix has taken the first step to making a popular animated series more accessible. Avatar: The Last Airbender is now available with audio description. I’m looking forward to watching the series again and hearing what I missed on my initial viewing experience. 

I’m personally overjoyed that streaming companies are taking the audio described content to heart, and even game companies are taking audio content by the reigns with the new The Last of Us which can be played completely without sight. Now, if we can only solve the issue of dialogue in another language. I have always found it difficult to wat5ch shows like Breaking Bad which have a large non-English component to the stories. While the addition of non-English language adds context to a show, those of us who can’t see find it a bit difficult to read the subtitles. Listening to the way the actors deliver the line allows for picking up some context of the story told in a non-English language, but I’m sure much of the story that is driven by non-English subtitles is not on the sight impaired. Don’t get me wrong, I am not complaining about the lack of accessibility and I’m not looking a gift horse in the mouth I am happy that there is change happening and that content is becoming more accessible. It is just something that should have happened a long time ago. 

Here is an article on the Last Airbender series, which can be watched on Netflix now with audio description. 

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/tv/story/2020-09-14/avatar-the-last-airbender-just-got-more-accessible-to-blind-audiences


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