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Remote Real-time Captioning

In cases where no Captioner is available to come to class with the student, a very small
wireless microphone can be clipped to the neck-area of the instructor's shirt. The
microphone transmits the instructor's voice to a special modem which is connected to the
student's laptop computer. The lecture, via the modem, will be heard by a captioner at an
agency on another site. The captioner will transcribe the lecture, and the transcription
will appear on the student's laptop computer screen.
The software which is used allows the students to add notes to the transcription. It also
allows the student to type messages to the captioner, like, "Class is over early - I'm
leaving." At the end of class, the captioner cleans up the notes and either emails them to
the Lead Interpreter in Disabled Students Center, to be picked up, or directly to the
student. The microphone, laptop computer, modem, and any other equipment will be set up by
the Lead Interpreter, and will be collected by her or, in special cases, by the student at
the end of each class session. This process sounds complicated, but it works very well and
has been used successfully many times on this campus. To see a demonstration of this
service, contact Lead Interpreter Mary Cancilla, who will make an appointment to show how
it's done.
If an instructor is particularly uncomfortable with the fact that an entire lecture is being
transcribed, he or she should discuss it with the Lead Interpreter Mary Cancilla. One
solution is to have students sign a contract stating that they will not share their notes,
publish transcripts, or whatever will ease the mind of the instructor.


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