What is a Speech-to-Text Reporter?

Speech-To-Text-Reporters (STTRs) help people who are d/Deaf to access audio information via a laptop or large screen. The reporter types a verbatim (word for word) account of what is being said and the information appears on screen in real time for users to read.

STTRs have a special keyboard to type every word that is spoken phonetically (how the word sounds rather than how it’s spelt). The phonetic version is then instantly ‘converted’ back into English and then appears on the computer or projected screen. The resulting text is usually spelt about 95% correctly with the remaining words spelt roughly how they sound.

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NRCPD Registered

All of our Speech-To-Text Reporters are qualified and registered with The National Registers of Communication Professionals working with Deaf and Deafblind People (NRCDP). They follow a Code of Conduct, have an up to date Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), hold Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII) and are subject to a complaints procedure.

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Need to book a STTR?

Top Tips for working with a STTR

When making a booking please provide the following:

  • Dates and times of the event.
  • The full address and meeting point at the place where you need the STTR.
  • The purpose of the booking such as office support or a meeting.
  • The name of the deaf person and any other people involved in the event.
  • Any paperwork to prepare the interpreter is essential:
    • Agenda
    • Participants
    • Powerpoint slides
    • Previous minutes
  • Ensure only one person contributes at any one time to allow a successful reporting.
  • For assignments over 2 hours in length, two STTRs will be required.
 
 

All of our STTRs are NRCPD registered and badges must be carried with them at all times.

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