IDEAL Takes A Step Towards Making Youtube Accessible

More and more content is being made for Youtube. The wildly popular video streaming video service is quickly becoming a valuable resource for educators looking to incorporate media into their classes. But what about students who can’t see video? How can they access content that can sometimes be crucial for passing a class? There may be a mobile solution in the form of IDEAL Accessible Youtube Viewer.

A preview of a Youtube video with narration provided by the IDEAL app

The app simplifies Youtube’s mobile format and makes videos accessible for those with visual and learning disabilities. Text descriptions of various videos are provided along with audio narration for blind and low-vision users.

IDEAL’s Youtube viewer is currently in its beta stage, so the collection of narrated videos is small in comparison to everything else on Youtube, but the technology present in the app at this stage is impressive.