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Meaning-for-meaning voice-to-text services specifically designed for the educational setting. The text interpreter listens to the professor, condenses text (meaning for meaning) and keys in the text via a shorthand method.

What is Meant by


Meaning-for-meaning text interpreting transcribers convert spoken communication and environmental sounds into clear, visually accessible text.

Meaning-for-meaning focuses on the intent of the communication, rather than every word or syllable.

Meaning-for-meaning utilizes visual formatting to represent auditory elements such as tone of voice, repetition, and emphatic pauses.

Transcribers process language at the phrasal or sentential level.

Since spoken English can be quite different from written English, transcribers use condensing strategies to restructure spoken information into a grammatically correct format.

Example of Text Interpreting:

The teacher says:

I want you to bring your book to class every day. I want you to bring your pencil to class every day. I want you to bring paper for notes to class every day.

This might be typed as: 

I want you to bring your book, a pencil, and paper for notes to class every day.

What are the Benefits of Text Interpreting?

Text interpreting provides realtime communication access for Deaf and hard of hearing students in the classroom.

Text interpreting builds and reinforces English language skills: vocabulary, spelling, grammar, reading, and comprehension.

The text interpreting transcript provided after class can be used to reinforce what has been learned or can be used as a study tool.

Which Students Benefit from Text Interpreting?

Students with reading skills at least at a 4th grade level.

Students younger than 4th grade typically benefit more from the class communication access provided by text interpreting than from the notes.

Students who otherwise would miss environmental cues.

Students with various learning disabilities.

How Text Interpreting Works:​

Text interpreting can be set up with the text interpreting transcriber working onsite in the classroom or working from a remote location. ​


  • The text interpreting transcriber is seated in the room, using a portable stand for his or her laptop.
  • The student uses a laptop or tablet to view the text.
  • There is a delay of only a few seconds from the time something is spoken until it appears on the student’s screen.


  • The text interpreting transcriber is working from a remote location, listening to audio through a microphone.
  • The student is provided a link (or URL). The student clicks on this link and can view realtime text on his or her laptop or tablet.
  • There is a delay of only a few seconds from the time something is spoken until it appears on the student’s screen.

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In May 2020, ACS began a new journey by becoming an Ai-Media Company, an Australian-based captioning company that services people who are Deaf and hard-of-hearing throughout the world.

We are proud to be an Ai-Media Company and look forward to a long and healthy future. What this means for you is enhanced service, the strongest and most secure technical environment possible, and new opportunities such as language translation and audio description. The best part is that the people of ACS/Ai-Media are not changing. You still have all the same faces and names plus many more!