[Athen] Celebrate Video Description with #Describeathon17 on January 26

Lissner, Scott lissner.2 at osu.edu
Fri Jan 13 20:29:25 PST 2017

"People with visual impairments live in the same visual culture as everyone else,” says UC Berkeley Professor, Georgina Kleege.*

That is why she and many others have adopted the video description tool YouDescribe for accessing video description for any occasion- work, school, or play.

For the uninitiated, video description is a type of audio description- the practice of translating visual information into words for people who are blind or have low vision. It was first developed as an accommodation for theater, television, and museum audiences.

These days audio description is experiencing something of a renaissance. Description technology is widely available in museums and theaters. All of Netflix’s original shows and many of its films offer video description, and just last year Disney- Pixar unveiled its own audio description app for smartphones.

YouDescribe (http://youdescribe.org/support.php) creator, Dr. Joshua Miele and Smith- Kettlewell Eye Research Institute, are thrilled to be part of the buzz! Thursday, January 26, we will be hosting Describeathon17, a day- long event where amateur and professional describers from all over the world are invited to describe as many YouTube videos as they can.

As a volunteer you can put your unique audio stamp on any Youtube video on the web!

Join us from your own home or workplace, or by gathering with other volunteers at one of the in-person DescribeAthon meetups.

In-person locations currently include

In San Francisco at the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute

In Manhattan at the Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library

Please contact us at youdescribe at ski.org<mailto:youdescribe at ski.org> if you would like to organize a DescribeAthon17 meetup in your city!

Volunteers will use YouDescribe – Smithg-Kettlewell's free, web-based tool for recording and playing audio description for any YouTube video.

Registered Describeathon participants will receive more information about using YouDescribe, techniques for describing video, and tips on how to make the most of this exciting opportunity.


*Learn more about how Georgina Kleege uses YouDescribe in the classroom at http://dsq-sds.org/article/view/4622/3945

L. Scott Lissner,
The Ohio State University
ADA Coordinator and 504 Compliance Officer
Associate, John Glenn School of Public Affairs
Lecturer, Knowlton School of Architecture, Moritz College of Law & Disability Studies
Board, Center for Disability Empowerment & VSA Ohio
Chair, Public Policy Committee, AHEAD

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