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OnDemand Webinar: Does Auto Captioning Effectively Accommodate Deaf People?


Module Description

There has been a significant increase in the use of captioning services for online learning due to COVID-19 pandemic, whether for live events or captioning video content. To keep up with the demand, many educational entities have turned to Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) technology to provide equitable and timely accessibility for students. While ASR has seen rapid developments in recent years, the gaps in the technology compromises equity access for deaf students. This presentation is designed to give answers to commonly asked questions from professionals in education settings. Presenters will walk through key concepts such as effective communication, subjective experience, and institutional responsibility along with practical uses of ASR technology. Presenters will also address pressing issues on the inappropriate application of ASR as a direct communication access tool in educational environments and provide additional resources and guidance on the topic.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Define “effective communication” as described in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  • Compare automatic speech recognition versus speech-to-text professionals
  • Differentiate between CART, C-Print, and TypeWell services
  • Review scenarios to determine whether ASR should be used or not

Continuing Education Information

This OnDemand webinar module is approved for 1 NDC Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Clock Hour

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