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Video Describeathon on May 15 in honor of Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD)

May 8, 2014
Source: Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute

The Third Annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day will take place on Thursday, May 15, 2014, and we are celebrating by holding the first-ever Video Describeathon. To participate, go to

What is a Video Describeathon? We are not sure nobody has ever held one before! Our intent is that a bunch of awesome describers will use Global Accessibility Awareness Day to make the world and web a more accessible place by describing as many videos as they can in one day. Obviously, were also trying to raise awareness about video description in general and the availability of YouDescribe - our free, web-based tool for making video more accessible to people with visual disabilities.

Meeting up at Smith-Kettlewell in San Francisco, and joining us online from all over the world, describers and description enthusiasts from all corners of the community will be making their voices heard for accessible video.

We will use YouDescribe, our free website that allows you to add description to any YouTube video and share it with blind viewers all over the world. Watch the promotional video here. If you have never tried it before, check out YouDescribe and get a head start on the rest of the crowd.

Ask yourself the following questions:
Do you or your organization publish YouTube videos [that] are not described?
Have you ever described a movie or TV show for a blind friend?
Have you ever wished you could help your sighted friends become better describers?
Have you ever wished you could share a described YouTube video with a blind friend or family member?
Have you ever wished someone would describe that viral YouTube video for you?
Are you tired of the huge quantities of undescribed video on the web?

If you answered YES to any of these [questions], then you should sign-up for Describeathon14!

Describeathon14 will take place from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (Pacific time) on Thursday, May 15, 2014. In-person participants will gather together at Smith-Kettlewell for a morning orientation, a day of dedicated description, and a Describeathon Reception and Awards Ceremony at 5:00 PM. Online participants will be invited to join the reception via Skype or Google HangOut.

We will be using this webpage, #Describeathon14 on Twitter, and the Describeathon14 FaceBook page to keep everyone up to date and in touch with all the latest Describeathon14 news before and during the big event.

Prizes will be awarded for the best description of the day, most videos described by an individual or team, most creative description, and more! Winners will be announced on our website along with the descriptions they created.

Sign-up and we will e-mail you links to all of the information you will need to get started. Join us in making the world a safer place for accessible video!

More information about Global Accessibility Awareness Day at

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