Using advanced abbreviation software, a trained TypeWell transcriber synthesizes the essence of the discussion in clear English text. This form of communication access is commonly used by individuals with hearing loss or who need additional support.
The transcriber can work in the classroom or meeting room or can be located off-site. The recipient (commonly called "the reader") simultaneously sees the transcript using a standard Web browser on a mobile device, such as a laptop, tablet, smartphone, or e-reader.
Absolutely. The transcript can be printed out or reviewed on a computer at any time after the actual event. Thus, a TypeWell transcript becomes a valuable study tool to use after a class, or provides documentation of any meeting or discussion.
Every TypeWell transcriber is trained to capture everything that occurs during the class or meeting. When necessary, the transcript may be edited afterward to remove off-topic, confidential, or extraneous comments.
In the United States, there are 3 federal laws that relate to transcription services: the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
The venue in which you're providing communication access will determine which laws apply and who is responsible for paying for the services.
In the educational setting, TypeWell transcribers usually work for the Disability Support department at a school or university. Transcribers may also work for agencies, which in turn contract with schools, businesses, and organizations to provide communication access for students, employees, and other clients.
There are three sources of qualified TypeWell transcribers:
Despite the initial expenses, hiring your own transcriber is usually the most cost effective route. However, if you have fewer than 2 hours of transcribing services a week, or if you prefer not to hire your own transcribers, you can locate and contract with an independent service provider.