Challenges and opportunities to improve the accessibility of YouTube for people with visual impairments as content creators

Abstract

This position paper proposes technology opportunities for supporting people with visual impairments (PVI) as content creators, rather than just content consumers. While previous studies examined accessibility issues with functions and visual content on various social media platforms, little is known about experiences of PVI beyond just watching visual content. Our recent study revealed that there is a community of video bloggers (vloggers) with visual impairments who actively produce multiple categories of video content on YouTube. From the perspective of those vloggers with visual impairments, we would like to discuss challenges and opportunities to improve the accessibility of video-based social media platforms to support those video creators with visual impairments.

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This work was supported by the 2020 Research Fund of the University of Seoul.

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Seo, W., Jung, H. Challenges and opportunities to improve the accessibility of YouTube for people with visual impairments as content creators. Univ Access Inf Soc (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10209-020-00787-8

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Keywords

  • YouTube
  • Vlogger
  • Blind
  • Visual impairments
  • Qualitative study
  • Accessibility