{ Heck yeah image descriptions }




I’ve posted before about why I think people should add image/video descriptions, but a common response is “I can’t imagine many people who need them would use tumblr”.

So I asked some disabled fans and sure enough, there are people on tumblr who use these descriptions (and not always because of visual problems or any sort of disability). Since (a)People who have trouble with some images etc may be able to access others (but would appreciate having the ones they can’t made more accessible too) and (b)Sometimes irritatingly inaccessible things have no accessible equivalent so you put up with it.

I realise that detailed descriptions and transcripts can be a pain (my own energy/cognitive issues mean I often can’t do more than a vague description myself) But if possible, when you post an image, video, or audio clip think about whether or not there’s a short simple description you could add which would help get across the point to someone who can’t access the content fully or at all. Two obvious examples are transcribing images of a single sentence of text and giving the artist and title of videos and music.

Oh, and if you’re not going to do descriptions yourself, please at least don’t remove them when other people do. That’s just frustrating.

If you read this tumblr and DO use these descriptions: is the way I do them helpful, or would you rather I did it differently?

(I’m now wondering about DeviantArt and the Homestuck fanart boards, which are the two other places I tend to post images, and where one might assume noone needs image descriptions but probably not be entirely correct)

I have to say that I love video transcripts. I don’t know if it counts as a disability, but sometimes I don’t listen very well (not like, I’m not paying attention, but like, I hear the words but sometimes they’re not meaningful to me, or just not registering in my brain what’s happening, especially with difficult ideas), so I’m much more comfortable having something to read along, especially if it’s a speech or lecture where there aren’t a lot of visual signifiers of what’s going on. 

So, people who do video transcripts, I heart you muchly. 

Things with color in them where recognizing what color things are is important.  Seriously colorblindness is really common and not usually a problem for things but occassionally it can be serious.  Especially with like, charts or maps that are colorcoded (though I’m not really sure how you’d go about transcribing those because they tend to be complex)

And images with just text, because those are super easy to transcribe and when I had issues with my internet being super slow they were frequently completely inaccessible, because pages weren’t loading embeded objects right.  Text worked fine, but pictures not at all.

eateroftrees later added:

Reblogging this again to add that another problem that occasionally will come up is people’s profile themes don’t underline links.  This is a serious problem to accessibility to colorblind people and people with monitors that don’t show colors normally (say, because they’re monochrome or broken, these do exist, and people can be too poor to replace them)

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{ and I should probably be doing video transcriptions as well, and will definitely do audio transcriptions (lyrics, etc.) }





When transcribing YouTube videos that have subtitling it is possible to download the subtitles. I used to have a bookmark to a site that would go and extract them for you but can’t find it right now. If I find it I’ll add an extra post here with the URL.

Oh, okay.

I don’t find very many videos with subtitles though.

Found it:

I was hoping the auto-captioning google/youtube have could be requested by users - since that could be useful as a starting point - but seems it’s only available for people uploading video:

Thanks! Reblogging for other folks.

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{ Please Subtitle Your Work }



To everyone who produces videos for the internet and otherwise. Please, please, please put the time into subtitling your work. Make it accessible for everyone. I understand it’s sometimes very time-consuming or confusing to figure out, but it’s worth it - I promise. It’s so frustrating and disheartening when I see NEW amazing, radical, educational, thought-provoking work being put out on the internet and people saying EVERYONE needs to see this… and it’s not subtitled. It happens all the time. All the time. Like 80% (probably higher) of the videos out there is not accessible.  I’m tired of this.

There are subtitling programs out there that you can download (iMovie has a subtitling option btw) to use in order to make your work subtitled. Also if you have already put your work on the internet without it being subtitled, please consider resubmitting a new version with captions, or go to Universal Subtitles and subtitle your work and place a link under your existing work so people who go to watch your work and are disappointed that it’s not subtitled will see that there’s a link to a subtitled version. It’s fairly simple - my friend made the Every Ho I Know Says So  video subtitled and says it’s very user friendly.

Please, stop and think - is your work accessible to people in your community and outside the community, if not… brainstorm up ways to make it so.

This blog Subtitle the Internet is entirely focused on subtitling and captioning videos on the internet and it’s composed by a Deaf person. Please read it if you’re unsure how to make your work subtitled.

I also have to thank my amazing friends who have taken the time to subtitle their videos or write up subtitles for videos out there that aren’t subtitled. You folks are incredible. Thank you.

p.s Please reblog to get this out there and reach people who may have never thought about subtitling before.

Reblogging with links.

I’ve never done this, but the process seems to be the following:

  1. Upload video to youTube
  2. Use to create subtitles. There’s a demo video here. There’s a FAQ here.
  3. Watch this video to show you how to upload those subtitles to YouTube.

video descriptions/transcriptions are good, too.

(sorry, i know i fail at that sometimes.)

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Chimamanda Adichie - The Dangers of a Single Story

“Power is the ability not just to tell the story of another person, but to make it the definitive story of that person. The Palestinian poet Mourid Barghouti writes that if you want to dispossess a people, the simplest way to do it is to tell their story, and to start with, “secondly.” Start the story with the arrows of the Native Americans, and not with the arrival of the British, and you have and entirely different story. Start the story with the failure of the African state, and not with the colonial creation of the African state, and you have an entirely different story” 

If the link doesn’t work in your country, use this one

Full transcript here

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”[…] I began to cry. I thought of my ancestors, both direct and collective, who had fought and died so that I might be treated as an American. I then thought of this fetid, smug, hate-filled, wealthy white man taking credit for the release and yet still not being satisfied. It does not matter how long we’ve been in these United States. We will never be American.

So, tears in my eyes, pain in my heart and rage in my soul, I composed this video message. More than written text, it comes close to expressing my full pain at witnessing a white man who was handed everything call the President of the United States (and me) a nigger.”

holy shit, please check this out and reblog if you can.

transcript (did this myself so it’s probably not good enough):

it’s been a very difficult morning for me.  um, got the news that President Obama released his long-form birth certificate, um, due to the increasing media circus surrounding claims that he is not one of us, that he is not an American.  and it comes at an interesting time for many reasons — one of which is that it’s April 27th, 2011, and *this just happened*, so that’s… really interesting, to me.  also, because i’m reading, right now, a book by Manning Marable — it’s called “Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention”, and he unearths a lot of amazing detail and correspondence around this exceptional American, and through this book, you also get a window into the Civil Rights Movement throughout this country’s history, especially in the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s.  and you are reminded, if you read this book — or see a documentary special, or know anything about the history of the United States — you’re reminded of the extraordinary level of sacrifice that has been involved in allowing all Americans to exist as, be treated as, participate as *Americans*, to *be that which they are* [laughs, shakes head].  a *lot* of *work*, a lot of tears, a lot of pain, a lot of death.  there were people who dropped out of their ordinary lives — sacrificed their personal safety, their reputation, their ability to earn money — to intervene on behalf of those who they also saw as American.  they got on buses in Freedom Rides, they sat in, they *died* in waves and waves of domestic terrorism, so that someone like me could go to a voting booth and not be asked by some racist poll worker to pay a tax, or prove that my grandfather wasn’t a slave, or pass a literacy test which got increasingly difficult the more i might pass it.  [pause] and today, the *President of the United States* had to prove that he was an American to the satisfaction of the 75% of Iowa republicans who doubt that, or the 43% of national republicans who doubt that, or the one *heinous, low-class individual* who took credit for it after: Donald Trump.  a man who was given every advantage, who inherited millions and lost it all twice, but *had that opportunity* because no one’s ever had to ask him to prove *anything*.  a man who lacks intelligence, compassion, common sense, respect, decency, or an understanding of what the *fuck* it means to be an American, that he would come out moments after *the President of the United States* — and i stress that, *the President* — released his long-form birth certificate, and Donald Trump comes out moments later and says, “i’m really proud of myself, *but*… shouldn’t have taken so long.  i wanna see the birth certificate for myself.  i wanna test it for *authenticity*.  i don’t want the press asking me about birth certificates anymore.”  [pause] i find it hard to… summarize, in mere words, the amount of pain and rage this incident has caused.  it’s… *humiliating* — not just to Barack Obama, not just to the office of the President, not just to black Americans who died and those who supported our quest for freedom… it’s embarassing to the *entire nation*, that we would sit and *let this happen*.  [shaking his head] we have *all* been debased by this incident — by a charlatan, by a con man, by a mere *promoter of himself*.  and for him to take credit for this, and for him to *revel in it*, and yet… and still not be satisfied, makes him no better than a klansman, no better than a Bull Connor, no better than an anonymous privileged white man in the 1950s who — regardless of his position in society — knew his position was higher than that of a common nigger.  and that is what the fuck Donald Trump has done… to the *President of the United States*.  to the *office* of the President of the United States.  to me, and to you.  i am *disgusted*, i have cried, because i know my ancestors paid a very high price, and never… would never have imagined that we might have the President that we do.  but certainly part of their joy, in the ancestral celestial skies right now, has been greatly diminished by what has happened here today.  i hope that eventually — not just in the post-mortal world of karma and spiritual justice — Mr. Trump pays an exceptional price.  i hope that price comes during his life.  [pause] to then be able to walk around a super-free, super-white, super-privileged man, lording over all who would pay attention — which is far too many — at what you have done… has got to cost you something in this life as well.  [shaking his head and laughing] i don’t wanna hear about “The Apprentice”, i don’t wanna hear about your new cologne, i don’t wanna hear about the new tower you’re building in whatever fucking town.  [pauses, shaking his head] that cologne smells of racism, that tower is built on the blood of disrespected slaves and freedom fighters, and that show is merely a showcase… for the dishonor you have brought upon anyone who would call themselves an American.  [pause] my name is Baratunde Thurston and… i’m *heartbroken* over this.  [shakes his head and rests his face on his hand as video ends].

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{ LINK: [petition, phone call campaign] Stop Deportation of the Mathe Karekezi Family }

NOTE: *there is talk of forced drugging at the link*, but this is really important, so if you can handle it [EDIT: and if it’s otherwise possible], please do this and/or pass this around.  thanks.

NOTE 2: descriptions of the photo and video at the link coming up later.  EDIT: descriptions are now below these two quotes.

phone call info:

Call DHS – Janet Napolitano (202-282-8495) and ICE – John Morton (202.732.3000)

Sample Script: “I am calling to ask that Andy Mathe (A#88-488-386) and his family be allowed to stay.  If deported the entire family could be killed, please grant deferred action for the Mathe Family.”

other suggestions on how to help, from the email i got about this from Dream Activist:

[…] our goal was 5,000 signatures, we only have 2,000 right now.  Can you help us get more support for the Mathe-Karekezi family?  Maybe if you are on facebook you could post a message with the petition link to all of your friends?  Something like:

"URGENT: Andy could be killed if deported, I just signed this petition for him - please sign and pass it around!”

If you are a part of an organization we are also circulating a sign-on letter, please complete this form and we’ll add your organization to the list.  In return we ask that you send an action alert with the petition link to your organization’s list-serve.


image at link (sorry if i messed up/got anyone’s identity wrong): [photo of the Mathe family sitting together and smiling.  from [our] left to right: Malcom (close-cropped dark hair, heart-shaped face, brown skin, white t-shirt), Hope (long dark hair, round face, brown skin, red shirt), Shammah (short-ish dark hair in braids (i think), oval face, brown skin, pink t-shirt, blue knee-length ruffled skirt), and Andy (close-cropped dark hair, round face, brown skin, black shirt).  Shammah is sitting in Hope’s lap; everybody except Hope is giving the peace sign, all seem pretty happy.]

video at link:

Malcom Mathe, Andy Mathe’s brother, speaking into camera: “Hi, I’m Malcom Mathe.  I was born in South Africa, Johannesburg.”

[text appears onscreen: “Malcom Mathe”, “19 years old”]

he continues: “Moved to Atlanta, 2007.  Currently here, still in Atlanta.”

[text onscreen: “From Johannesburg To Atlanta”]

he continues: “I moved here with my family, 2007 — my mom, Hope, my brother, Andy, my sister, Shammah, and my grandma, who is 85, Aunt Kay.”

[text onscreen: “The Trouble in South Africa”]

he continues: “The reason why we left South Africa was because my mom was married to a Hutu from Rawanda, and in Rawanda there was a genocide going on between two tribes, the Hutus and the Tutsis, so he ran away from Rawanda and came down to South Africa, where he met my mom, and um, I guess the trouble from Rawanda still followed him, because there are people trying to reach him, and um they couldn’t reach him directly, so they reached the family, and they threatened to kill and kidnap my sister, so my mom and the stepdad, um, my stepdad decided to move away from the family, to keep us safe, and that still didn’t work, they still kept sending threats, and and asking where he was, so we moved in various places in South Africa and they still kept sending… fighting us and sending messages saying they’re gonna kill us if we don’t tell them where my stepdad was.  So my mom felt like our lives were in danger, so she felt like it was better for us to move to another country, and she chose America ‘cause, you know, opportunities that this country holds.”

[text onscreen: “The Arrival to the US”]

he continues: “And, as soon as we arrived, um, my mom was detained with my brother.  Um, my brother was 18 at the time, so they detained him ‘cause he was of age, but I was 15 so they couldn’t detain me, and my sister, Shammah, was too young, so they couldn’t detain her, and my grandma, Kay, was too old, so they couldn’t detain her.  So we were set free, um, they left us at the homeless aid shelter at downtown Atlanta while my mom was detained, and during that time period when my mom was detained, um, I went to school, and um, you know, I worked hard, and I used that as motivation to work harder in school.”

[fade to black; fade back in]

he continues: “I just recently graduated from Whitefield Academy, and uh, will be going to college at Full Sail University in the next month, um, I want to study sound engineering, and I love music, but during my senior year, my brother Andy was detained by Immigration, and um, the reason for why he was detained are still unclear, we’re still trying to figure out why he was detained, but um, during his time, in um, in Immigration custody, they have tried to deport him, you know, forcing him to sign papers so they would deport him, but he wouldn’t sign papers, so that’s why he’s still here, and hasn’t been deported.  But um, we’re praying for him, and it’s a heartbreaking moment for the family.”

[text onscreen: “ANDY is an INSPIRATION”]

he continues: “He has inspired me to start doing the music thing.  Um, I think he heard me in my room, rapping once, and he came in and he was like ‘Yo, yo, was that you?’, I was like ‘Yeah, that was me, why?’ and he was like ‘That was pretty cool, you should do something’, I was like ‘What do you think I should do?’, he was like ‘You should probably record music’, I was like ‘I don’t know, I don’t know’, he was like ‘Atlanta, man, that’s like the biggest music place in the world.  You need to start recording.’  So I was like ‘Whatever, you know, if you’ve got anybody you know ready to record, I’m ready to record.’  So, like, the next week, um, he came through, he took me to a studio, and he was like ‘This guy, he owns a studio, he can record there.’  And ever since then, I’ve just been recording, and you know, it’s all thanks to him, I never even knew I loved music so much, so that’s probably one of the biggest things I remember about him.”

[text onscreen: “My Brother is in DANGER”]

he continues: “If Andy gets deported back to South Africa, his life, um, I feel like his life is gonna be in danger, ‘cause the people that were able to track us down down there, ‘cause we moved to various locations in South Africa and they still were tracking us down, so I feel like if he goes back they might be able to track him down and, you know, his life is at risk.”

[fade to black; fade back in]

he continues: “So we just, you know, praying and hoping that they release him.  Um, the reasons why he was detained are still unclear, we don’t know why he was detained, um, he was going to school and he was working before he was detained, he didn’t break any laws, he wasn’t living illegaly, he had papers to stay here, so the reason he was detained, we are still trying to figure that out.  But they are currently trying to deport him, and that’ll just break the whole family apart and, you know, my question is, ‘Why would you focus on a family that’s not from here, trying to live the right life, while there’s actual criminals out there — stealing, robbing, killing — and all you wanna focus on is ‘This guy’s not from here, we need to send him back”, you know.  And I don’t understand it, and you know, it’s heartbreaking for me the most, ‘cause me and my brother, you know, we were close.”

[fade to black; fade back in]

he continues: “People who are watching right now: I want you guys to, you know, spread the word about what ICE is doing [text onscreen: “Stop the separation of the Mathe family”] to the immigrants that come into the country, how people are being treated [text onscreen: “Stop the deportation of Andy”], um, people are not being treated fairly, and I want the people out there [text onscreen: “Sign the Petition”] to just spread the word, and um, sign the petition for Andy.”

[text onscreen: “”]

{ LINK: Chrissie's Transcripts Site (Star Trek shows/movies & Classic Doctor Who) }

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EDIT: if you don’t know these shows: they all have big problems.  they’re all very ism-y.  so, there’s that.  but IMO they’ve got good parts also. [end edit text]

OH HOLY SHIT this is too damn useful not to link.  website has transcripts of: