Description Victoria Inc. is a not-for-profit organisation that creates accessible and inclusive arts experiences for people who are Blind or have low vision.
Founded in 2017 by describer Will McRostie and Blind artist and arts lover Ross de Vent, the organisation has become the leading provider of professional audio description services in Victoria, delivering over 40 experiences in 2019 spanning commercial theatre, major institutions like Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne International Arts Festival, Circus Oz, and Arts Centre Melbourne, and Victoria’s vibrant independent sector. The organisation also offers professional development and capacity building opportunities for arts and cultural organisations across the state.
The organisation prides itself on a community-led model, in which its committee of management has a majority of members with a lived experience of Blindness or low vision – a situation unique among Australian service providers. Description Victoria is also leading and contributing to conversations about service development in Australia, with a particular interest in creative integration of access in performing arts, access to movement and dance, and describing diverse identities. You can find more information on their website.