• 39th CSUN Assistive Technology Conference - March 18-22, 2024 at the Anaheim Marriott

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We The People: Make the World Accessible, 1 Video at a Time

Date & Time
Thursday, March 21, 2024 - 10:20 AM PDT  
Grand AB  
Video has become the dominant modality for learning, exploration, and expression. For the visually impaired, that universe of content is becoming less accessible with each passing day. Over 1,000,000 hours of video are added to the web every day. But only a tiny fraction is audio-described. Blind and low-vision people are being left behind. Audio description is narration added to provide information about visual elements. It’s what makes video accessible for visually impaired persons. This session focuses on the vast array of information, education, and social videos, 99.9% of which are not audio-described. Content creators or consumers can press a button to easily add closed captioning, making videos accessible for the hearing impaired—no technical skills are required. However, there is no similar tool by which non-technical people can make videos accessible for the visually impaired. Adding an audio description is a specialized skill that’s locked in the domain of a few dozen contractors who have the know-how to digitally splice the audio description into voids in the video. They produce a finite amount of audio description. It’s time for the audio description field to be disrupted. The solution is to democratize it. Only when the general public can press a button to add audio description - without technical skills - will the 100s of millions of videos become more accessible to the visually impaired. We The People can make the world accessible, one video at a time.  
  • Higher Education
  • Disability Specific
  • K-12 Education
  • Government
  • Media & Publishing
Audience Level
Session Summary (Abstract)
The status quo is broken. A million hours of video are added to the web every day. Only a tiny fraction is accessible. Learn how technology is being harnessed to democratize the process and how you can help to make the world more accessible.  
Primary Topic
Secondary Topics
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Machine Learning (ML)
  • Captions & Transcription
  • Digital Accessibility
  • Video & Live Streaming
Session Type
Exhibitor Track  


  • Ken Rybarczyk
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