The YouDescribe app gives blind and visually-impaired viewers convenient mobile access to a rapidly growing collection of YouTube videos with audio description -- an extra soundtrack added by a describer to tell the viewer about text, illustrations, setting, gestures and facial expressions that are otherwise not accessible to blind viewers, or to otherwise aid viewers who benefit from additional description to understand the video content. The YouDescribe app for iOS lets you choose from thousands of YouTube videos described by our global community of contributors. The app also lets you request descriptions for YouTube videos that have not yet been described, and rate descriptions that have already been created.

YouDescribe is free and easy to use from the iOS app or from the desktop. The app has been extensively tested with the VoiceOver screenreader, and the web site works well with a variety of screen reader/browser combinations.

If you are interested in joining the community of volunteer describers to record audio descriptions for others to view on YouDescribe, use a desktop browser and visit us at
We will be adding the ability to record from the app in an upcoming release.

Who are the describers?
* Teachers of the visually impaired who want to give their students better access to educational videos;
* Sighted friends and family of all ages who want to share their favorite YouTube videos with the blind people in their lives;
* Children and adults who believe in accessibility and want to help make video more accessible for blind or neuro-diverse viewers.

The YouDescribe app can be used to:
* Watch the latest contributions to the YouDescribe collection
* Search for and view described or undescribed YouTube videos
* Rate the quality of any audio description with up to 5 stars
* Make suggestions for how individual describers can improve their AD technique,
* Submit requests for YouTube videos you want described.
* Share links to videos on YouDescribe

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The YouDescribe app was developed by Rupal Khilari as part of her master’s degree under the direction of Dr. Ilmi Yoon of San Francisco State University, and Dr. Joshua Miele of the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute.

What’s New

Version 1.0.3

Fix crash during search and improve backend integration.

Ratings and Reviews

2.3 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

TheTechPianoPlayerKid ,

App crashes

I heard about this app, and it sounds really interesting. The only problem is, whenever I try to open it, it keeps crashing. I hope this is fixed very soon.

Bass player 92 ,

Worked for a while then quit

This app has great potential. Only problem is when I try to open the app, it crashes. I do hope this app is fixed soon, because it’s awesome and I’d like to use it.

Mistymoore1981 ,

Don't waste your time.

This app is total trashWhen I looked at the reviews, I thought maybe there had been an update since then. Nope. Luckily it was free and I didn't have to worry about being ripped off.


Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute
21.9 MB

Requires iOS 9.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



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