Transcription Services

Transcription Services for Deaf or Hard of Hearing Students

Transcription services are meaning-for-meaning, communication required for the OARS student to have full access to the spoken word in your class. The student sees a real-time transcript using a standard Web browser on a mobile device, such as a laptop, tablet, smartphone, or e-reader. 

Types of Transcription Services

This student may receive either on-site or remotely transcription services.

On-site Transcription

  • An on-site transcriber hired by the Office of Accessibility Resources and Services (OARS) attends the class with the student
  • On-site transcribers are expected to introduce themselves to you through email prior to the first day of class and in person on the first day of class
  • On-site transcribers do not interact with classroom discussions, however, they may facilitate communication between faculty and the student

Remote Transcription

  • Services are provided through the Office of Accessibility Resources and Services through a remote connection
  • Students receive an iPad and a Bluetooth Microphone to assist the remote transcriber in providing accurate lecture information to the student
  • Troubleshooting of technology may occur during classes when needed.  Faculty will be notified in advance as much as possible if OARS staff are needed to assist with connectivity and technology equipment issues in the classroom.

Alternative Options

Audio Recording of Lectures

In the event, due to unforeseen circumstances, if neither onsite nor remote transcription is available on any given class day, the student may need to utilize a digital voice recorder in the classroom in order to receive a transcript at a later date.  If you are concerned about having your lectures recorded in class, please email to receive an OARS Recording Lectures Agreement. Please do not hesitate to contact our office if you have any questions.