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Tammy Richards: Full-Time En"type"preneur

"What was interesting to me was that not only was I providing services to people that didn't sign, which allowed me to serve a wider customer base, but it was also helpful to people with other issues like auditory processing disorders or people who wanted note taking. Oh, and for veterans who had brain injuries."

That was seven years ago and Tammy has not looked back.

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Ideas that Stick: a leader learns by listening

We posted everyone’s ideas on a big "Sticky Wall." Then my co-facilitators spent some time combining duplicates and grouping ideas into whatever categories naturally emerged.

...Some really wonderful ideas surfaced during that group activity in Portland last April. As expected, the leaders in the TypeWell community have our work cut out for us!

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Transcriber Review: “Skill Building for New TypeWell Transcribers” QuickClass

"A year ago to the month, I became qualified as a TypeWell Transcriber. After those eight weeks of rigorous training, I couldn’t wait to get into the classroom, put all the newly learned abbreviations to the test, and provide services for a real student. Sitting in the chair, booting up the computers, and opening the blank screen of TypeWell never ceases to energize me.

But I didn’t expect to feel so alone."

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How I conquered my fear of math: a transcriber's journey.

TypeWell transcribers can work in a number of disciplines, from English to history to even heating and air conditioning courses (I know this from personal experience). But what happens if you are in a math class with complex equations, like...

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Upgrading to TW Version 7: a user's perspective

"I love the ability to create several different PALs," says Dave Wollenhaup, a transcriber in the Las Vegas area. The PAL is a transcriber's Personal Abbreviation List, and V7 boasts a new feature called MultiPAL...

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How will the Affordable Care Act impact university employees?

"I have a team of around 15 service providers here, most of whom are student employees, covering 405 hours of classes and media per week," says Valerie Sturm. "The university wants me to cut everyone's hours so that we have no full-time service providers, to avoid paying benefits...

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On Recruiting (part 2)

"We want to make sure all applicants have a year of on-site experience," say T.J. Digrazia of Alternative Communication Services, a company that provides remote TypeWell services. "And here is why: you have to be able to understand what goes on in the classroom before you try to understand what goes on when you’re not there...

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On Recruiting (Part 1)

One of the most important goals for agencies and institutions that hire transcribers is to continue to discover new talent, people who have more going on than just the ability to type fast. But what are the qualities that make a world-class transcriber?

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