Auto Captions and Deaf Students: Why Automatic Speech Recognition Technology Is Not the Answer (Yet)

With the rapid shift to online learning due to the pandemic, many colleges and schools are relying upon automatic captions as a quick and cheap way to convert spoken words into text for deaf students in classrooms, events, and extracurricular activities.

While this type of automatic speech recognition (ASR) technology may be effective for Alexa — to ask your home device to make a grocery list or set a reminder — it is a sub-standard option in educational settings and can have costly repercussions for institutions.

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Media Advisory: New Resources Available for Deaf Students During COVID-19

AUSTIN, Texas — Parents and educators can make online learning accessible for deaf and hard of hearing students during the COVID-19 pandemic with new online resources from the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes at the College of Education at The University of Texas at Austin.

WHERE: Online: nationaldeafcenter.org/covid19

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A Spark to Ignite #DeafSuccess: 2019 Impact Report

A deaf student learned about a deaf adult living a dream they thought was impossible. A student organization founded at a college is connecting deaf students on campus. New summer programs are helping deaf youth connect with mentors, and thousands of deaf high schoolers across the country are learning how to advocate for themselves in a fun way.

‘Begrudging Tolerance’: New Report Reveals Deaf Students’ Experience On Campus

Autumn’s story highlights a frustration repeated by many deaf students -- 36% reported that videos on campus did not have captioning turned on.
 

Deaf Veterans Face Barriers to Success on U.S. College Campuses

Veteran’s Day reminds Americans to be grateful to every person who has worn a military uniform and fought for our safety and security. We also should be reminded of our responsibility to create opportunity for the more than 37,000 deaf veterans enrolled as students in colleges and universities throughout the United States. 

New Survey to Help Improve Deaf Student Success on Campus

How do U.S. universities rank with deaf students? According to a nationwide survey of deaf college students last spring:

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