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Transcription for Low Vision and Blind: State of the Industry & What’s to Come

Students who are blind or low vision need timely access to high-quality instructional materials in a variety of formats, but the state of the transcription industry is not conducive.

Choice is key in today’s educational environment. The ability to choose from a wide range of options has become standard in the digital age for many students; however, when it comes to providing choice (i.e. a fully inclusive learning environment) for students who are blind or low vision, many institutions are not providing an optimal solution. Is this the educational institution’s fault? Not always. It’s complicated. We’ll explain.

State of Transcription in Education & What’s to Come –  Presentation at #CSUNATC18

The 33rd CSUN Assistive Technology Conference takes place March 21-23, 2018, in sunny San Diego, CA. At the conference, T-Base will present three key problems in transcription today:

  • Use of an antiquated process (the manual, more arduous process)
  • Communication silos (between all parties involved in the ordering or providing of alternate formats for students in need)
  • Ambiguous standards

These three problems lead to inadequate turnaround of accessible instructional material, its high cost and lack of student choice. Join us at  Transcription for Low Vision & Blind: State of the Industry & What’s to Come, where we’ll talk solutions, including one that addresses all learning requirements in the digital age.

We’ll cover how innovation and a significant investment in digital solutions helps solve the biggest challenges educational institutions face when trying to meet the needs of students who are blind or low vision.  We’ll tell you how it is today and how much better it can be. There’s an opportunity to speed up and streamline the transcription process, reduce the cost of accessible instructional material and have a wider range of alternate formats readily available for k-12 and post-secondary students who are blind or low vision. There’s an opportunity to reduce frustrations felt across DSS offices, state departments of education and students across North America.

Featured in this presentation will be several different perspectives, including two of the most important: the student’s perspective and that of the DSS office or state department of education.

Presentation date and key takeaways

This session is packed with statistics and technical know-how regarding automation software for faster delivery. Attending the session benefits k-12, universities, colleges, publishers and, in turn, the students themselves. Attendees will walk away with the information they need to reduce wait times for textbooks, workbooks and supporting materials and significantly improve the learning environment for their students requiring alternate formats.

The transcription process today is inadequate; T-Base knows this and, following this presentation, attendees will too. More importantly though, attendees will know how it’s changing and how technology—its use for innovation—is key. Join us at CSUN this year to learn more >>

Date: Thursday, March 22, 2018
Time: 1:20 PM
Location: Gaslamp AB, 2nd Floor, Seaport Tower

Also happening at CSUN: FASTtrack in action!

We invite you to visit booth #418/#420 at CSUN this year to witness transcription 2x faster through the use of FASTtrack software. We have six demos scheduled throughout the course of the conference.

FASTtrack demos:

March 21st     1 p.m. & 3 p.m.
March 22nd    10 a.m. & 3 p.m.
March 23rd    10 a.m. & 3 p.m.

Can’t squeeze in one of the scheduled FASTtrack demos?

Book a separate demo that works with your schedule during CSUN. Space is limited so please secure your spot as soon as possible by emailing info@tbase.com with “FASTtrack Demo” indicated in the subject line. We’ll be in touch to book your private demo.

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  • At CSUN there was a presentation on WCAG 2.1. Font color didn’t make it to the recommendations. Many of the students I have worked with in the past that have some usable vision often complain about the use of grey font color rather than true black. This is especially true in LMS and even blogs such as this one. Grey on white on the computer and in print is a problem for many including our aging population. I hope that we can gain more momentum toward improving this simple (yet not yet!) request.

  • I have provided text conversion in Higher Ed and overseen teams since the 90’s. Seeing FASTTrack in action at CSUN was amazing! You all do quality work, have excellent customer support, and now your even speedier. Thanks for your commitment to quality accessibility!