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Accessibility for YouTube videos has improved a lot over the last few years with the addition of captioning software, but there is still no automated method for how to create audio description for YouTube to help viewers with vision impairments. Audio description cannot be automatically generated...
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Over the weekend, Taylor Swift released her latest single, "ME!", alongside a colorful music video that features lots of visual information. Since I have low vision, it is difficult for me to understand everything that is going on as the video progresses, especially since there is lots of bright...
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Whenever I go somewhere that features a lot of visual information, I always look to see if there are audio description services available so that I can get information about my surroundings. Unlike closed captioning, which is required by law in public places and for TV programming by the FCC, audio...
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As someone with low vision and a strong sensitivity to flashing lights, I rely on very observant friends and audio description services to be able to watch YouTube videos. My favorite service that provides audio description for YouTube videos is YouDescribe, because the voices are real people and I...
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How to Watch Audio Described movies on Your Next Flight There’s nothing like being able to watch a movie and relax while on a flight, and with recent technology updates, now blind and visually impaired passengers can learn how to watch audio described movies while on their next flight. I recently...
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The Audio Description Project website, offers the following definition of audio description:   "Audio Description involves the accessibility of the visual images of theater, television, movies, and other art forms for people who are blind, have low vision, or who are otherwise visually...
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While I was in New York City, I had the opportunity to collaborate with GalaPro and interact with their audio description service that is used in several different Broadway plays. Often times, Broadway plays have a strong focus on things like choreography, costumes, and changing sets, and it can be...
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Audio Description is an additional narration track that provides auditory information about visual content essential for comprehension to viewers who are visually impaired or blind. Audio description is typically added during existing pauses in the dialogue. There are third-party apps that contain...
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Students are creating videos to use in multimedia presentations in early elementary school. While tech standards vary across the country, by 4th or 5th grade, students should be able to create, edit and embed videos into their multimedia presentations. Generally, students are creating simple videos...
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TV and movies are easily a favorite recreation choice for many young adults. Whether they prefer to have a movie night with friends or to curl up alone on the couch and binge watch Netflix all weekend, the majority of Americans enjoy using movies or TV as a way to relax. Individuals who are blind...
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Press Release: The American Council of the Blind's Audio Description Project (ACB-ADP) and the Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP) are continuing their co-sponsorship of an exciting opportunity for blind and visually impaired young people, in four categories from ages 7 to 21: the Benefits...
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Students are using YouTube videos as educational tools within the classroom.  However, are these YouTube videos fully accessible for students who are visually impaired?  Audio Description (AD) is an additional narration track that provides additional description of visual elements in the video.  ...
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The American Council of the Blind's Audio Description Project (ACB-ADP) and the Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP) are co-sponsoring an exciting opportunity for blind and visually impaired young people, in four categories from ages 7 to 21: the Benefits of Audio Description in Education (...
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Many things have changed and improved in the years following the September 11th attacks, including airport security, media broadcasting, and the use of digital mapping technology. It's especially interesting to see how digital mapping technology played a role in developing the 9/11 Memorial and...
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In recent times, I have seen a new social media trend flooding my timeline called the Bird Box Challenge (#BirdBoxChallenge). The concept of the challenge is that a person is supposed to blindfold themselves and then complete everyday activities such as walking, doing chores, and navigating their...
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When I first started exploring the world of assistive technology, I found myself getting frequently overwhelmed with how many different items were available for people with low vision. Previously, I had assumed that since I do not read Braille, there was no such thing as assistive technology for...
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Earlier today, Instagram announced an update that would automatically add alt text and image descriptions to images in the feed, explore, and profile sections of the app so vision impaired users can get information about what is in a picture. Users can also add their own alt text or image...
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Navigating PowerPoint with keys, an accompaniment to my previous post on creating Halloween games in PowerPoint. Note: these instructions presume the use of a screen reader although the keyboard shortcuts may be useful in general, this is a a general description of creating presentations using...
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Many Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists (COMS) have been incorporating audio iOS games into O&M lessons.  Why?  These games can help with orientation skills in a variety of ways.  Many of these games improve spatial concepts (where items, objects and sounds are in relationship to...
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"Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast cars, the legendary Lightening McQueen finds himself pushed out of the sport thathe loves. Hoping to get back in the game, he turns to Cruz Ramirez, an eager young technician who has her own plans for winning. With inspiration from the Fabulous Hudson...
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More than 90% of educators use videos in their classrooms - many as often as once a more a week.  Are YOU using videos that are accessible to all your students?  Check out these resources! Classroom Described and Captioned Media Program website  DCMP is the first and only free-loan educational...
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When I went to St Louis, I had the opportunity to attend a St Louis Cardinals MLB baseball game on one of the nights while I was there. While the weather was incredibly hot, it was really cool to see all of the different ways that people with vision impairments can use assistive technology to enjoy...
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Vital is a combination of an accessible app that enables students with visual impairments to actively interact with digital images and a website where educators can mark up their own images to make these images accessible. Vital images can include various haptics (vibrations), sonification (audio...
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Out of all of the presentation software out there, PowerPoint is by far the most used in all of my classes. It's not difficult to see why- it's easy to use, supported across many devices, and internationally recognized. However, there are some people who don't know how to make PowerPoint accessible...
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Kids love movies!  Movies, videos and other forms of multimedia are integrated into our society and classrooms.  Audio description provides access to visual aspects of movies for students who are visually impaiired.  Benefits of Audio Description in Education (BADIE) Contest offers prizes for...

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