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Mike,

Good luck with it.  You might try contacting deaf agencies that can give 
you a contact.

Bill


On 04/12/2016 02:55 PM, Mike Fryer wrote:
> Bill
>
> Thanks again for your response. Yes, a transcriber is someone who 
> writes or types the spoken word. I have been doing some digging and it 
> seems over here (England) CART is known as 'speech to text reporting' 
> or 'live captioning' (with a stenographer or palantypist) so I have 
> been able to find some contacts (so far only commercial but will keep 
> looking for voluntary services etc.) I will look into this and find 
> out what can be done.
> Thanks again
> Mike
>
> On 12 Apr 2016, at 18:29, Bill Reese wrote:
>
>> 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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