What are speech-to-text services?

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A speech-to-text service is an accommodation that can be used by a student who is deaf or hard-of-hearing as a way to gain access to spoken or auditory content. With speech-to-text services a provider listens to a speaker and then produces text for the person who is deaf or hard-of-hearing to read on a computer screen, TV monitor, or projection screen. Speech-to-text service is often called real-time captioning and the providers are often referred to as captionists or transcribers.

To learn more about speech-to-text services and postsecondary institutions visit the Knowledge Base article Where can I learn more about speech-to-text services typically offered at postsecondary institutions?

Last update or review: September 10, 2012