YouTube Listens for Input at Accessibility Summit


by Johnathan Moore 

On Friday, YouTube Space LA held its inaugural YouTube Accessibility Summit, where many gathered to hear its disability community speak on ways which YouTube can make its platform better serve everyone. In addition to a presentation from Accessible Media Inc, a creators panel featured a conversation with some fantastic YouTuber accessibility activists, including Molly Burke, Lolo-Sitting Pretty, Rikki Poynter, and Tommy Edison.















Mark Barlet of AbleGamers also spoke, presenting on ways gamers can make their videos more accessible. We wrote on some of AbleGamers’ other advocacy efforts in their recent captioning efforts with Twitch streaming, and they were continuing their mission of inclusion through gaming on Friday. World inclusion leader Haben Girma gave a lightning talk, and the following Googlers spoke as well:

  1. Rob Youmans, Head of UX Research Sciences, YouTube
  2. Ken Harrenstien, Software Engineer, Closed Captions Infrastructure
  3. Lia Carrari, Technical Program Manager, Accessibility

Five interpreters were reportedly present, along with live captioning, as YouTube devoted the day to listening to how they can better serve their user base. Be sure to follow all these creative voices for progress as they continue to shape our digital landscapes.