YouDescribe

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Monday, August 5, 2019
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Description of App

The YouDescribe app gives blind and visually-impaired viewers convenient mobile access to a rapidly growing collection of YouTube videos with audio description -- an extra soundtrack added by a describer to tell the viewer about text, illustrations, setting, gestures and facial expressions that are otherwise not accessible to blind viewers, or to otherwise aid viewers who benefit from additional description to understand the video content. The YouDescribe app for iOS lets you choose from thousands of YouTube videos described by our global community of contributors. The app also lets you request descriptions for YouTube videos that have not yet been described, and rate descriptions that have already been created.

YouDescribe is free and easy to use from the iOS app or from the desktop. The app has been extensively tested with the VoiceOver screenreader, and the web site works well with a variety of screen reader/browser combinations.

If you are interested in joining the community of volunteer describers to record audio descriptions for others to view on YouDescribe, use a desktop browser and visit us at https://youdescribe.org/
We will be adding the ability to record from the app in an upcoming release.

Who are the describers?
* Teachers of the visually impaired who want to give their students better access to educational videos;
* Sighted friends and family of all ages who want to share their favorite YouTube videos with the blind people in their lives;
* Children and adults who believe in accessibility and want to help make video more accessible for blind or neuro-diverse viewers.

The YouDescribe app can be used to:
* Watch the latest contributions to the YouDescribe collection
* Search for and view described or undescribed YouTube videos
* Rate the quality of any audio description with up to 5 stars
* Make suggestions for how individual describers can improve their AD technique,
* Submit requests for YouTube videos you want described.
* Share links to videos on YouDescribe

Learn more about Smith-Kettlewell at https://www.ski.org/
Send us feedback by e-mailing support@youdescribe.org
Learn more about YouDescribe by following us on Twitter and Facebook:
http://twitter.com/SKERI_YD
http://facebook.com/YouDescribe

The YouDescribe app was developed by Rupal Khilari as part of her master’s degree under the direction of Dr. Ilmi Yoon of San Francisco State University, and Dr. Joshua Miele of the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute.

Version

1.0.1

Free or Paid

Free

Apple Watch Support

No

Device(s) App Was Tested On

iPhone

iOS Version

12.4

Accessibility Comments

This app is specifically designed for the blind so it is definitely accessible and easy to use.

VoiceOver Performance

VoiceOver reads all page elements.

Button Labeling

All buttons are clearly labeled.

Usability

The app is fully accessible with VoiceOver and is easy to navigate and use.

Recommendations

0 people have recommended this app

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Comments

Submitted by Queenofeagles07 on Friday, August 2, 2019

I try to open the app but after 1 or 2 seconds it brings me to my phones homescreen, annoying

Submitted by KE7ZUM on Saturday, August 3, 2019

Submit a sys diagnose file to the developer and let them know the time slot. If you need help dong that then google is going to be your friend as this might be off topic for this post.

Submitted by Emily Chia on Saturday, August 3, 2019

I just downloaded this app and I am experiencing the same issue I just opened the app , then after 2 seconds I was kicked out and it went straight to my home screen can you fix this bug please

Submitted by Maria.espino on Saturday, August 3, 2019

I also get kicked out when I open the app. Please fix this .

Submitted by Misfit Angel on Monday, September 2, 2019

Yup. Same thing happening here. Shame, I was really looking forward to exploring this

Submitted by DMNagel on Monday, September 2, 2019

I think in order to Report bugs like this, you will need to have a basic grasp of coding. I eventually got to the diagnostics screen but there's tons and tons of stuff, so I'm not even sure what to send. To make matters even worse, this so-called Feedback assistant only caters to developers. There doesn't seem to be a solution for an average Joe.

Submitted by Khushi on Saturday, May 16, 2020

HI
I RECENTLY DOWNLOADED THIS APP.
I'M GETTING SENT TO MY HOME SCREEN REPEATEDLY. THE APP OPENS FOR 1-2 SECONDS AND THEN BRINGS ME BACK TO MY HOME SCREEN.
I'M USING IOS 13.4.1
I HAVE A SMALL VIDEO I WANT TO WATCH BUT CAN'T.
WHEN I PLAY THE VIDEO USING THE FIREFOX OR CHROME ON MY LAPTOP USING WINDOES 7, DESCRIPTION DOES NOT EVEN PLAY. IT IS JUST THE VIDEO WHICH PLAYS.
I HOPE SOMEONE WILL ABLE TO HELP ME.

thank you.