FAQ's

What is the VDRDC?
Where is the VDRDC located?
How is the VDRDC funded?
How can I contact the VDRDC?
What is the DLN?
What is Video Description?
How can I add video description to my online video?

What is the VDRDC?

The VDRDC is the Video Description Research & Development Center at The Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute.

Where is the VDRDC located?

The VDRDC is located at The Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute, in San Francisco, CA.

Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute
2318 Fillmore Street
San Francisco, CA 94115

How is the VDRDC funded?

The VDRDC is funded by the US Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) Grant #H327J110005.

How can I contact the VDRDC?

Email:  vdrdc@ski.org
Phone:  415-345-2113

What is the DLN?

The Description Leadership Network (DLN) is a coalition of world-class organizations involved with the practicality, policy, and technology of blindness and video accessibility. Each DLN member organization contributes unique resources and perspectives to the partnership. The VDRDC relies upon the DLN members for assistance and advice in its R&D efforts, as well as its extensive outreach and dissemination activities.

What is Video Description?

Traditional video description (also called Audio Description, Audio Annotation, or simply Description) involves overdubbing brief segments of voice-over onto the audio track of an existing video. These brief clips are intended to provide information about the visuals that are otherwise not evident from the audio track. In this way, video materials can be made accessible for blind and visually-impaired students and consumers. A number of organizations offer guidelines for describers of different types of materials, and links to those resources can be found here. In general, description should not interrupt important audio on the original track, and should be succinct, descriptive, and unobtrusive.

How can I add Video Description to my online video?

Visit the Additional Resources page for links to Video Description Software.