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A transcriptionist or captionist produces text of spoken information using a software application. The text can be displayed simultaneously to one or more students in different ways such as an additional laptop or a display monitor. A transcriptionist is an individual who converts auditory information into a written transcript.

A transcriptionist or captionist accompanies the student to the class and creates a written form of the lecture using a keyboard abbreviation system which displays what is being said in real time. After class, the text can be provided in paper or electronic format for the student to use as notes.



The student is responsible for providing documentation of the need for a transcriptionist/captionist to the services for students with disabilities office. Students should notify the services office as soon as they register for classes as their need for a transcriptionist/captionist. Most services office have a policy about advance notice of the need of transcriptionist/captionist and student should be familiar with the policy.


Faculty are responsible for collaborating with the transcriptionist/captionist if there is a need for special seating or for the faculty member to slow down, make sure students or others speak one at a time or make other adjustments so that the student can follow the lecture/discussion.


The services for students with disabilities office is responsible for notifying the faculty of the student's need to use a transcriptionist/captionist and for making the arrangements for transcription/caption services.


Related Functional Characteristics

Hearing Loss : Transcription/captioning provides a written version of spoken text such as lectures, speeches, conversations, or classroom discussions in their entirety.

Deafness : A transcriptionist/captionist provides a real time transcription of a lecture, seminar, or discussion for the student with deafness.

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