[Nfbnet-members-list] Video Description Focus Group Participants Needed: 2013 NFB National Convention

David Andrews dandrews at visi.com
Wed May 1 08:38:43 UTC 2013


>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 meeting.
>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).
>Those interested in participating in this focus 
>group should send an e-mail to Beth Braun at the 
>NFB Jernigan Institute 
>(<mailto:bbraun at nfb.org>bbraun at nfb.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 English?
>*             Are you a non-native English speaker?
>*             An indication of which of the 
>following categories applies to you (include all that apply):
>o             K-12 student
>o             Undergraduate student
>o             Graduate student
>o             Teacher of blind students
>o             Rehabilitation professional
>o             Educator not working with blind students
>o             Parent of a blind child
>o             Consumer of video description
>o             Professional not working in a 
>blindness- or education-related field
>Session I:
>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.
>Session II:
>An 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 2369.
>Thank you for your interest in shaping future 
>developments in the description industry.
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