Monthly Archives: August 2013

Are You Looking Forward to Back to School?


Back-to-school is an exciting time of year for most children.  But not for all, especially not for the child who is having trouble hearing.  Is your child, or your student,  not hearing well enough in the classroom to perform up to his or her full potential?

There is a world of assistive services and technology that can make the spoken word accessible to the student who is D/deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf-blind. Things such as personal FM systems, CART or text-interpreting, and sign language interpreting are more readily available now than ever before. The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) offers brief but detailed fact sheets on Deafness and Hearing Loss. Click here to download.

Would you like to learn more about how assistive listening devices, speech-to-text transcription, and/or sign language interpreting services might benefit your child or your student? Click here to download this free paper  Accommodating Students with Hearing Loss from the Job Accommodation Network.  

Are you confused about how to go about getting your child or your student the help they need? If they attend public school, their accommodations must be specified in their Individualized Education Plan (IEP).  Many parents and teachers find the process overwhelming and confusing.  The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities has excellent materials on the IEP process and the components of an IEP. Click here  to read it. You can also attend a free webinar  Demystifying Individualized Education Plans (IEP): An Introduction to the Individuals with Disabilities Edcation Act & IEPs. Click here to register.  But hurry! The webinar takes place Tuesday, September 17th. It will be captioned, by the way.

As students who are deaf or hard of hearing head off to school, some parents and teachers may wonder if CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation) would help. For people whose first language is ASL, a sign language interpreter may be best.  For people who read English, especially for people with certain learning disabilities and people for whom English is a second language, CART may be right.  CART is an approved accommodation under the ADA as long as it facitlitates effective communication for the person using it.  Would you like to learn more about verbatim speech-to-text transcription (also known as CART, Communication Access Realtime Translation) in the classroom?  Click here for an excellent paper from the National Court Reporter’s Association about  CART in the Classroom. Other students benefit from a meaning-for-meaning text interpretation of what is said as opposed to a word-for-word transcript. Click here for more information on Text Interpreting.

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Making the Spoken Word Accessible to Students Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing


A new school year is getting ready to begin.  If not  being able to hear everything that gets said in the classroom, or on the webinar, is impacting academic achievement, we can help.  Imagine being able to read what is being said, even when spoken at speeds of 225 words per minute and above, on a computer screen in real time. Now THAT is equal access!

Alternative Communication Services (ACS) has been transcribing the spoken word into English text (and other languages) for hundreds of students in school districts, post-secondary educational institutions, and graduate schools since 2007.  We specialize in remote voice-to-text (either word-for-word or meaning-for-meaning), where it does not matter where the student or the service provider is.  We can also bring the service provider onsite.  We work with the student, the teacher, the student disability services coordinator, and the school’s IT accounting departments to make the process as seamless as it can be.

One of the characteristics that sets ACS apart from our competition is that we do not tell you what you need. We listen to you. Although we have vast experience doing voice-to-text services, we have found the most effective service happens when we listen to you and provide a solution that best meets your needs. That is the ACS Alternative.

To learn more, please visit our website or email me at  You are only an email away from accessing the spoken word.