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Supporting Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Undergraduate Students in STEM Field Settings with Remote Speech-to-Text Services

2007-2010
Supported by: 

National Science Foundation, Human Resource Division, Research in Disabilities Education

Project Description: 

This project addresses the challenges faced by deaf, hard-of-hearing, and low vision college students who participate in field trips for science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) classes. We are developing an application for C-Print using smartphones (i.e., BlackBerry or Sidekick). This application will allow the instructor or leader of the field trip to communicate via cell phone with a service provider who is in a remote location (i.e., not on the field trip). The service provider produces captioning from the spoken information received on the phone and the student reads the information on the smartphone.

Project Activities: 
  • Creating software applications
  • Developing procedures for remote captioning
  • Conducting focus groups with deaf and hard-of-hearing students, deaf/low vision students, and with service providers
  • Field trials with deaf and hard-of-hearing students and with deaf/low vision students
  • Measuring service provider accuracy
  • Assessing usability from perspective of service providers, students and instructors