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C-Print™ is a computer-aided speech-to-print transcription system developed at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) as a support service option for some deaf and hard-of-hearing students in mainstream educational environments. It was developed by NTID researchers eager to improve the classroom experience for students at both the secondary and college levels, and is being used successfully in many programs around the country.
Research supports the idea that some deaf and hard-of-hearing students prefer printed text of lectures – the basis of the C-Print™ system – over sign language interpreters or notetakers as a means of acquiring information. Other students prefer an interpreter. It is an individual choice the Disability Support Service provider must work with.
Additionally, C-Print™ is cost effective and can be more readily available than stenography-based services that a university or secondary school may provide.
A typist called a C-Print™ captionist types a teacher’s lecture (and students’ comments) into a laptop computer. The typed information is displayed simultaneously on a second laptop computer or a television monitor for students to read during class. Because of the rate of speech, it often is necessary for a captionist to use strategies to condense information. The goal is to provide a meaning-for-meaning translation while using fewer words than the original speaker. Afterward, the printed text is available to students for review purposes. The printed text produces approximately 7-10 pages per hour of class time, a manageable amount for many system users.
Currently, the system requires a computer (often a laptop)using word processing software aided by abbreviation software. The captionist receives training in an abbreviation system to reduce keystrokes, and in text condensing strategies. Captionists do not have to memorize all the abbreviations in the system. They learn a set of phonetic rules that are applied to English words in the system’s dictionary.
To use C-Print™ in a classroom setting, one needs either two laptops (one for the captionist and one for the student) OR one laptop and one monitor (computer or television) for viewing of typed text by more than one student. When two laptops are used, the captionist and student can conduct two-way communication.
Costs of using C-Print™ vary, depending on what equipment is used; the pay level and hours the captionist works; service arrangements; and funding opportunities.
Typically, the word processing software costs approximately $100; communication software is approximately $100; and word abbreviation software costs approximately $150. Costs for laptop computers, display equipment, and captionists’ salaries will vary. Salaries typically are between those of a professional notetaker and an interpreter.
Here are some strategies for faculty members using C-Print™:
If you have any further questions on this topic, about working with an individual who is deaf or hard of hearing, or would like more information, contact:
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services
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