Help Make Video on the Web More Accessible for Blind Viewers -- Sign Up For DescribeAthon17!

On Thursday, January 26, 2017, amateur and professional describers all over the world will participate in this day of description. Volunteer describers will describe as many YouTube videos of as many kinds as we can in a single day.

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 New York Public Library, Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library

Please contact us if you would like to organize a DescribeAthon17 meetup in your city!

Volunteers will use YouDescribe – Smith-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 will be eligible for prizes ($25 Amazon gift cards) for such categories as:

  • Best Description of a Music Video
  • Best Description of an Educational Video or Documentary
  • Best Description of a Promotional Video or Commercial
  • Best Description of a How-To or Instructional Video
  • Most creative (Yet Effective) Description Style
  • Most Impressive Describer

Note that prize categories are somewhat flexible, and additional prizes for outstanding contributions may be awarded at the organizer's discretion.

Please sign up! It’s easy and fun, it raises awareness about the need for more described video, and in the process we will describe a lot of video for blind and visually-impaired viewers.

Join us and help make the web a safer place for accessible video!


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