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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).
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> 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.  
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> Bill
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> 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
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>> On 11 Apr 2016, at 20:30, Bill Reese wrote:
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>>> 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=
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>>> 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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