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The Video Description Research and Development Center Welcomes New Partners

posted Nov 9, 2012, 2:01 PM by Korie Boctor

The Smith-Kettlewell Video Description Research and Development Center is proud to announce our newest additions to the Description Leadership Network. Please welcome our new partners: The Accessible Planet, Bridge Multimedia, and the Participatory Culture Foundation.


In addition, we will also be collaborating with the WGBH National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM) in order to develop the Visual-Impairment Research Agenda for Description (VIRAD), a systematic road map charting gaps in the quantitative evidence about how description can and should be used to improve video accessibility for the blind.

The Accessible Planet (TAP) is dedicated to improving the quality of life of people with disabilities by discovering, promoting, creating, and delivering accessibility solutions for products and services related to education, employment, entertainment, family, health, and independent living. TAP is a global leader in the full inclusion of people with disabilities in the use, enjoyment, and production of modern media. TAP is collaborating with the VDRDC and other DLN partners on approaches to making the tools and techniques of professional video description accessible to blind and visually-impaired professionals.

Bridge Multimedia is a New York City-based content services company dedicated to supporting all facets of universally accessible media for entertainment, educational, commercial, and government applications. Bridge is at the forefront of producing today's universally accessible media, and is setting the pace for the development of tomorrow's innovations. Bridge will identify the concrete research questions necessary to quantitatively assess the value of description for students with non-visual disabilities such as ADHD and autism.

The Participatory Culture Foundation (PCF) is dedicated to supporting democratic media by creating open and decentralized video tools and services. This progressive organization works to eliminate gatekeepers and empower diverse communities by developing and supporting open-source video tools for a better world. The Participatory Culture Foundation is collaborating with the VDRDC and DLN partners to evaluate a variety of possible options for managing the quality of crowd-sourced descriptive content.

Thanks to our newest partners and collaborators, The VDRDC has added two new projects:

The Visual-Impairment Research Agenda for Description (VIRAD)
NCAM is collaborating with the VDRDC and the DLN to develop VIRAD – a research road map charting the gaps in the scientific research about how description can and should be used to improve video accessibility for blind and visually-impaired students and other consumers. VIRAD will identify a set of pressing, quantitative questions to be addressed by the description research community.


The Expanded Populations Research Agenda for Description (EPRAD)
Bridge Multimedia is collaborating with the VDRDC and the DLN to develop EPRAD – a research road map to identify the critical questions that will improve our understanding of how description may apply to the education of students with non-visual disabilities such as ADHD and autism.

To learn more about our new Description Leadership Network and our growing family of partners, please visit www.vdrdc.org/dln