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Speech-to-Text Services: An Overview of Real-time Captioning

Today’s technology affords individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing access to the world like never before. Speech-to-text technology is one such tool that brings access to individuals who are visual communicators.

“Speech-to-text” is an umbrella term used to describe an accommodation where spoken communication and other auditory information are translated into text in real-time. A service provider types what is heard and the text appears on a screen for the consumer to read.

There are three main systems which are used to provide real-time captioning: 1) Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART), 2) C-Print®, and 3) TypeWell.


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