Monthly Archives: August 2014

Guidelines for Using Speech-to-Text Services for Students Who Are Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing

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A while back I had a discussion with some instructional specialists about evaluating when speech-to-text services might benefit a student.  They wanted to make sure they considered everything they should consider when evaluating student placement and service delivery.  The goal, of course, is to support the student’s ability to actively and meaningfully participate in the communication, instruction, and social activities of their class by using their preferred communication mode.

In the case of speech-to-text services, there is a placement and readiness checklist for students who are deaf and hard of hearing that can assist IEP teams (students, teachers, specialists, parents, and school administrators) when making decisions about programming and placement.   It was adapted by C.D. Johnson, D. Pfeiffer, and B. Parrish-Nowicki from an earlier Interpreter Use Inventory (B. Schick 2004). I originally found it under a State of Virginia’s Department of Education Caption or Transcription Checklist citation but I have since found it under citation from other respected organizations such as Hands & Voices.,d.eXY

I am sharing the link with you here in this blog.  I can also email the document itself to you.  I recently presented a webinar on Guidelines for Using Speech-to-Text Services with many excellent additional resources.  I am happy to share that webinar PowerPoint with you.  Please feel free to email me if you have any questions. My email address is

Awesome New Video on Communication Access Realtime Translation

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ACS is pleased to share on its website a new video by the University of Washington AccessComputer Project that explores what CART is and where it can be used. The video is ideal for anyone who is deaf or hard-of-hearing and is considering what types of accommodations might be best for participating in a class, conference, webinar, or business meeting. The video was developed by the Access Computing Project at the University of Washington.  The University of Washington has granted ACS permission to use this video for educational, noncommercial purposes.

To view the video on the ACS website, click on the following link and scroll down to the bottom of the page:

You will be taken to the ACS CART landing page, then scroll down to access the video. The video is captioned.

For more information about communication access realtime translation, please email

Additional Information About the Video

Author: Rob Roth, AccessComputing staff

The University of Washington AccessComputing Project produced a  7minute-34 second video, Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) Services for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing People, that explores what CART is and where it can be used. The video is ideal for anyone who is deaf or hard of hearing and is considering what types of accommodations would be best for participating in a college-level class or at a conference.

The video was developed after it was discovered that few, if any, resources were available on the Internet to explain what CART and other captioning systems were. Four students from the Summer Academy for Advancing Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Computing, including two ASL signers, speak about why they chose captioning within a STEM educational setting. This video is viewable on the Alternative Communication Services (ACS) website by permission of the University of Washington.

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