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Mike,
I don't know what you mean by transcriber but I'm guessing it's someone 
that types on a regular keyboard?  If so, then yes, CART is very much 
faster and more accurate than that.   Typists can't keep up with speech, 
CART can.

If you have decent cell phone coverage at your church, try using a smart 
phone that can be a wifi hotspot.  That's what we do for my Association 
of Late-Deafened Adults (ALDA) support group that meets at my church.  
The CART provider not only transcribes the meetings for those who are 
attending but also uses a phone's hotspot to connect to the internet to 
allow home-bound and out-of-town members to attend the meeting as well.  
She also uses streamtext's ability to allow users to log in and send 
text to enable those members to send in comments (and votes if it's a 
board meeting).

I don't think you want to go the route of buying the transcribing 
program.  You would still need a CART provider to operate the stenotype 
machine and the program itself costs thousands with a hefty yearly 
subscription fee.

I've had 20 years of experience with CART and sign language interpreting 
and CART is your best option for someone who is very hard-of-hearing or 
has gone deaf and isn't proficient in sign language.  I'm also the vice 
president of a non-profit that provides CART for support groups (HLA, 
ALDA, a few others) and for deaf counseling.  I know it can be done.  
Keep looking.  You might want to try starting here: 
http://www.ncrasourcebook.com/listing/results.php?keyword=&service_type=5&category_id=&location_1=&location_3=&location_4=&dist=&zip= 
and putting in your location.   Your state may also have it's own 
listing of CART providers.

Bill




On 04/12/2016 05:23 AM, Mike Fryer wrote:
> Bill
>
> This sounds very interesting with applications way beyond providing 
> text for Deaf people. I assume the advantage of using a stenographer 
> over a transcriber is that using the stenotype would be quicker and 
> more accurate? The problem for us is that we don't have the resources 
> to employ either a transcriber or stenographer and we don't even have 
> internet access in our church building!
>
> This is a method that we could definitely think about using in the 
> future so many thanks for describing it. Do you know what software is 
> available for translating the shorthand?
>
> Best wishes
>
> Mike
>
> On 11 Apr 2016, at 20:30, Bill Reese wrote:
>
>> Mike,
>> Rather than trying a voice-to-text app, which can be difficult, slow, 
>> with grammar errors (auto-complete), try setting up remote CART.  
>> CART stands for Communication Access Real-time Translation.  
>> Basically, a CART provider listens in to the sermon at his/her home 
>> (or wherever) - usually through a cell phone used by the person 
>> talking - and codes it in shorthand with a stenotype machine. Special 
>> software in a computer (usually a laptop) translates the shorthand 
>> from the stenotype into words. These words are then broadcast live 
>> over the internet on a site such as www.streamtext.net. It's a very 
>> quick, reliable, established method and it can be accessed either on 
>> a computer or smart phone.
>>
>> I have a good friend who just started her own local Christian radio 
>> show and she's also a CART provider and the sign interpreter at my 
>> church.  Because of her knowledge and background, she provides remote 
>> CART for her radio show.  Her deaf friends (some who live a thousand 
>> miles away) "listen" in.  It's an amazing experience: the deaf 
>> listening to a radio show .. who would have thought?
>> If you want to see a start page for the remote CART, it's here: 
>> http://www.streamtext.net/player?event=
>>
>> If you want more information and want to see about providing this for 
>> your church, contact me privately and I can give you contact 
>> information to get you started.
>>
>> Oh, and one other thing ... it provides a transcript of the sermon, 
>> which can also be posted on your website, or printed out, archived, etc.
>>
>> Bill
>>
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