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Many deaf individuals may prefer to use Speech-to-Text Services (STTS) alone or in addition to another accommodation to have full communication access. STTS are provided in real-time by a Speech-to-Text Professional (STTP) that converts spoken and auditory information into text. Speech-to-text services come in two broad formats: verbatim and meaning-for-meaning. Common types of speech-to-text services include Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART), C-Print, and TypeWell. Read more about speech-to-text services with the resources below:

Speech-to-Text Services: An Introduction

Today's technology affords deaf individuals access to the world like never before. Speech-to-text is one example of technology that brings access to individuals who are visual communicators.
Topics: Deaf 101 , Speech-to-Text (Services)
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Hiring Qualified Speech-to-Text Providers

Speech-to-text is one method of providing effective communication access under the law. However, it is more than simply providing technology; it requires the provision of effective services, and speech-to-text services are only as good as the skills of the service provider. When hiring a service provider, a number of qualification factors must be considered. It is imperative that institutions evaluate the quality of service to ensure that effective, real-time communication access is occurring.
Topics: Speech-to-Text (Services)
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Remote Access Services

Deaf students enrolling in colleges across the country are on the rise and securing access services can be difficult for institutions. Remote interpreting and speech-to-text services are viable options for institutions experiencing: shortages of qualified providers, specific interpreting or captioning needs for a course, or last-minute requests for urgent situations. Remote services can be a beneficial supplement or a mainstay way of providing access for students in a variety of situations. Institutions must have the knowledge necessary to evaluate requests, resources to arrange services, and the infrastructure to maintain quality and effective services.

This page provides individuals with tools to assess their institutional capacity to implement effective remote services.
Topics: Remote Services
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Dual Accommodations: Interpreters and Speech-to-Text Services

Interpreting and speech-to-text services are commonplace accommodations for an audience that comprises several deaf individuals who rely on different communication modes (e.g., ASL, lip reading). This type of dual accommodation most often occurs at large magnet events such as conferences. Dual accommodation for an individual student in a postsecondary setting occurs less frequently but is appropriate under certain circumstances.
Topics: Interpreting , Speech-to-Text (Services)
Useful For: Disability Services Professionals, Interpreters, Teachers