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Simpler Access to YouTube

by Allan Wilson

on Fri Jun 19, 2020

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We were reminded today of the existence of Access:YouTube, which was developed by Access Technology North to provide a simpler interface to YouTube for people with additional support needs.

We are not suggesting that people should spend long periods of time staring at YouTube videos, but there are times when it is appropriate, and Access:YouTube definitely makes it easier to choose something to watch.

This is what a typical opening screen on YouTube looks like, compared with Access:YouTube:

Opening screen of YouTube, showing lots of images and text    Opening screen of access:youtube, with a logo and a box with the words Type Here"

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are wanting to watch cat videos, you would type "cats" into the small search box at the top of the YouTube screen, or into the much more obvious search box in Access:YouTube:

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Access:YouTube gets rid of a lot of the extra text and clutter, making it much easier to choose a video to watch. It is particularly useful for a person who is unable to use a mouse, or keyboard to make choices, possibly relying on Switch Access, or Eye Gaze to select the video they want to watch.

 

Tags: youtube, access, video, physical disability

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