YouDescribe Science! Using Audio Description in the STEM Classroom

YouDescribe Logo

Event Date

Saturday, August 19th, 2017 – 1:00pm to 5:00pm


Drs. Joshua Miele and Yue-Ting Siu



A free learning opportunity offered by The Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute

and Northern California Chapter of Association for the

Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired.


The Format:


Part lecture, part tutorial and part open discussion, the class is designed especially to highlight the importance of audio description in STEM classrooms. This four-hour class is invaluable for TVIs, STEM teachers, and those in alt-media who want to learn how audio description (AD) levels the playing field for visually impaired students. With YouDescribe and a brief YouTube science video, learn how every teacher can create AD quickly and easily, establishing an inclusive classroom environment, and heightening the learning experience for all students.   


Join us!

Space for this event is limited and the class date is fast approaching,

 fill out our registration form while there are still slots available.


The Instructors:


Dr. Joshua Miele is a blind scientist, designer and educator with decades of experience leading research and development teams in the creative use of mainstream technologies to yield effective accessibility solutions for education, employment, and entertainment. His inventions include YouDescribe, the Descriptive Video Exchange (DVX), the Talking Tactile Pen, TMAP, SKDTools, and WearaBraille.


Dr. Yue-Ting Siu is a Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments (TVI) and coordinator of the Program in Visual Impairments at San Francisco State University. Her mission aims to improve TVIs’ ongoing professional development and align technology developments with classroom implementation and accessibility needs. She can most often be found on Twitter or hunting for a game of ping-pong.


The Tool:


YouDescribe is a free, web-based platform for adding audio description to YouTube content. First launched in 2013, and fully redesigned in 2017, YouDescribe was developed as a project of The Smith-Kettlewell Video Description Research and Development Center by scientist Joshua Miele, through a grant from the Department of Education OSEP. YouDescribe's incredible utility makes it an asset to a number of different projects, and over the past few years it has built a base of hundreds of volunteer describers, and thousands of blind viewers. Explore what is available at YouDescribe!



Your Hosts:


The Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute’s mission is to create a unique environment for research on human vision -- basic scientific research to increase the understanding of normal vision in support of vision disorders, clinical research to develop new diagnostic procedures and treatments for visual and other sensory disorders, and engineering research to produce better techniques for aid and rehabilitation of the blind and partially sighted.


Northern California Chapter of Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired’s mission is to serve and empower professionals to deliver standards-based practices that lead to improved educational and rehabilitative outcomes for individuals with visual impairment and blindness.


Don’t know if this is a great fit for you? Drop an email to Charity Pitcher-Cooper She will answer any questions you might have!

Event Type