Video Description Focus Group Participants Needed: 2013 NFB National Convention
The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) Jernigan Institute
is again collaborating with the Smith-Kettlewell Video Description Research and
Development Center to host a stakeholder focus group on advanced concepts in
video description. The focus group will be held during the 2013 NFB National
Convention in Orlando, Florida. This year there will be two sessions for
slightly different audiences. There is only space for ten attendees in each
session, and participants must register in advance for this important
Both sessions will be held Monday, July 1. Session I will be
from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and Session II will be from 1:00-3:00 p.m. (the exact
meeting room will be announced prior to the convention).
interested in participating in this focus group should send an e-mail to Beth
Braun at the NFB Jernigan Institute (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the following information:
* Your full name
* The best e-mail address to use in communicating
with you prior to the convention
* A cell phone number that can be used to
reach you at the convention
* Are you blind?
* Are you fluent in
* Are you a non-native English speaker?
* An indication of which
of the following categories applies to you (include all that apply):
o Undergraduate student
o Graduate student
o Teacher of
o Rehabilitation professional
o Educator not working with
o Parent of a blind child
o Consumer of video
o Professional not working in a blindness- or education-related
An opportunity for sighted amateur describers to
evaluate YouDescribeSmith-Kettlewell's new Web-based video-description tool for
YouTube. Participants will test the system by recording their own descriptions
for selected videos and report on their experience.
opportunity for blind video description consumers to evaluate
YouDescribeSmith-Kettlewell's new Web-based video-description tool for YouTube.
Participants will test the system by navigating the Web site to listen to
selected described YouTube videos and will report on their experience.
Participants in Session II will need to provide their own Windows7,
Apple, or Chrome laptop, and must be familiar with their screen-reading software
and Web browser. The laptops must have Wi-Fi connectivity (Wi-Fi provided). They
will also need to provide their own headphones.
Please respond with your
interest no later than June 10.
Note that we will not pick participants
on a first-come-first-served basis but rather to ensure that the focus group has
a good mix of perspectives.
If you are unable to e-mail your interest in
the focus group, you can reach Beth at (410) 659-9314, extension
Thank you for your interest in shaping future developments in the
Assistant to the Executive
Director, Jernigan Institute
NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND
Wells Street at Jernigan Place
Baltimore, Maryland 21230
659-9314 ext. 2369
Fax: (410) 659-5129