Debriefing is a strategy that involves meeting one-to-one with deaf employees after meetings and other presentations to ensure that everything is clear.
Captioning is a process of converting the audio portion (dialogue and sounds) of a video production into text. Typically, this text is displayed across the bottom of the screen over a black background.
One form of captioning is real time captioning. This can occur during a live event or large meeting. Usually while a camera films the people who talk, a captionist types the words into a computer which displays the speakers’ words across the bottom of a video screen. A captionist is much like a stenographer who may or may not actually be at the event or in the meeting. If the captionist is in another location, the captionist hears the spoken words via telephone and types and transmits the text back on another phone line where it is converted into words which are fed to the video screen.
Computers can facilitate communication in the workplace in a variety of ways.
- Instant Messaging allows users to exchange text messages online in real time.
- E-mail allows users to send and receive messages online, but not in real time.
- C-print is a computer-assisted system for transcribing speech to print. It involves a hearing captionist typing words as they are being spoken and provides a real-time text display that the deaf person can read.
- Speech synthesizers provide synthesized voice output of letters, phonemes, words, or phrases typed on a keyboard.
- Automatic speech recognition transcribes a single person's spoken message, voiced into a microphone, into text displayed on a computer screen.
- Computer-assisted notetaking allows notes and graphics to be typed almost simultaneously and displayed with overhead projectors for all to view.