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Volunteer Transcribing: Combining Your Passions

"Recently I had the opportunity to combine two things I feel quite passionate about:" says transcriber Kristin Rifai, "providing communication access and the plight of the honey bee." While I have been a TypeWell transcriber since 2006, I've only this year become a beekeeper. I've been following the plight of the honey bee in the news and felt I had to do something...

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Back-to-School Jitters (and a few strategies to overcome them)

As transcribers, we are in the unique position of having dozens of "first days" throughout our careers. Walking through the maze of halls of an unfamiliar high school eighty miles from home, as an adult who wasn't a teacher, I clearly didn't belong...

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Seven Questions: Brynn Elliott

Brynn lives in Laramie, Wyoming and is the Communication Access Services Coordinator at the University of Wyoming, the only university in the state.

The most important trait for a coordinator? "Flexibility!" says Brynn. "Go with the flow. Schedules change, new students crop up, and transcribers get sick. Roll with it...."

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Happy 15th Anniversary, TypeWell!

The first cohort of TypeWell transcribers completed their training in August 1999. Over the past 15 years, the TypeWell training and software have advanced tremendously. This timeline shows some of the highlights, year by year, alongside other technological advances that have changed our lives...

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The Instructor's Perspective: a transcriber takes her place at the front of the classroom

Rachel Ballard — I spent two quarters at the front of the room, teaching a core English class, before returning to the chair marked "reserved for DSS" in the back of the classroom and resuming my work as a TypeWell transcriber. This brief experience of working as an instructor was a fascinating glimpse into what instructors and professors face on a day-to-day basis...

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Why Turbo 2 Is the Best Thing to Happen in TypeWell V7

There are constant innovations being made in an effort to make TypeWell more accessible for both transcriber and reader. Turbo II is a newly added extension to Turbo mode in TypeWell. Turbo II gives you more time to capture the main ideas without worrying about how many S's are in Mississippi...

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Seven Questions: Kerri Holferty

Welcome to another Seven Questions. In this series, we interview transcribers and coordinators who are part of the TypeWell community — each with the same seven questions.

Today we're meeting Kerri Holferty, who is presenting at the Pepnet/AHEAD...

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The Magic Behind the TypeWell Dictionary (Part 2)

When someone submits a new addition for our dictionary, I personally look up each word in a variety of dictionaries to try to verify that it's a real word. There's a large grey area of semi-words, with fuzzier boundaries than one might think. We have 500,000 words, and probably at least that many additional grey-area words that we've pruned to keep the dictionary high-quality.

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The Magic Behind the TypeWell Dictionary (Part 1)

Mobile technology aside, the true foundation of the TypeWell system is the transcribing software with its robust and intuitive abbreviation system.

I interviewed Steve Colwell — TypeWell’s co-founder and chief software architect — about how the abbreviation system was developed, and how the underlying dictionary has evolved over the years.

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