YouTube has recently announced two new features that will make the platform more accessible and inclusive for all users: audio descriptions and pronouns.
Audio descriptions are narrated tracks that describe what is happening on screen in a video. This makes it possible for people who are blind or have low vision to enjoy video content that they would otherwise be unable to access.
To add audio descriptions to your YouTube videos, you can either create them yourself or use a third-party service. Once you have created your audio description track, you can upload it to YouTube along with your video.
To enable audio descriptions on your YouTube videos, go to the Subtitles/CC section of your video upload settings and select the Audio descriptions checkbox.
Pronouns are words that we use to refer to people without using their names. For example, the pronouns “he,” “she,” and “they” can be used to refer to any person, regardless of their gender identity.
YouTube users will now be able to add their preferred pronouns to their channel descriptions. This will help to create a more inclusive and welcoming environment for all users.
To add your pronouns to your YouTube channel description, go to the About section of your channel and click the Edit button. Under the Basics section, you will see a new field for pronouns. Enter your preferred pronouns in this field and click Save.
YouTube’s new audio description and pronoun features are welcome additions to the platform. They will make YouTube more accessible and inclusive for all users, regardless of their ability or gender identity.
How to support creators who use audio descriptions and pronouns
There are a few things you can do to support creators who use audio descriptions and pronouns:
- Watch their videos with audio descriptions enabled.
- Like and comment on their videos to show your support.
- Subscribe to their channels and share their videos with your friends and followers.
- Encourage other creators to add audio descriptions and pronouns to their videos.
By taking these steps, you can help to create a more inclusive and welcoming online community for everyone.