Projects: Technology

C-Print Speech-to-Text System

C-Print® is a speech-to-text (captioning) technology and service developed at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, a college of Rochester Institute of Technology. The basis of C-Print is printed text of spoken English displayed in real time, which is a proven and appropriate means of acquiring information for some individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. In addition to educational environments, C-Print also can be used in business and community settings, and with individuals with other disabilities, such as those with a visual impairment or a learning disability.

CAT Innovation Lab

The NTID Center on Access Technology Innovation Laboratory ("CAT Lab"), a first-of-its-kind initiative, provides a place for students to get involved in the innovation process. The CAT Lab is located on the first floor of NTID's Lyndon B. Johnson building, bringing together faculty and associate degree-level deaf and hard-of-hearing students to collaborate on multidisciplinary projects related to developing and adapting access and instructional technologies, health care technologies and services, and more.

For more information about the Center on Access Technology Innovation Laboratory, contact

Gary W. Behm
Engineering Studies Department
National Technical Institute for the Deaf
Rochester Institute of Technology
52 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623-5604

Cisco Grant

Investigation of Cisco Technologies and Access Solutions - The Silicon Valley Community Foundation, following the recommendation of the Cisco Accessibility Team, granted the NTID Center on Access Technology a $100,000 awardt. Bill Clymer, Interim Director of the Center on Access Technology, was PI, and Gary Behm and colleagues from NTID and the other RIT colleges provide a team of experts to consider the application and adaptation of the ways in which CISCO products can benefit communication access for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals. The three research strands are

  • examine the state of the art and provide recommendations related to 911-411-211 telephone response systems
  • evaluate possible use of avatars to enhance direct communication support for deaf and hard-of-hearing users
  • evaluate Cisco TelePresence technologies for classroom and remote communication for deaf and hard-of-hearing users
Deaf STEM Community Alliance  Logo Letters DHHVAC

Deaf STEM Community Alliance - Supported by the National Science Foundation (HRD-1127955), the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology, Camden County College, and Cornell University are constructing an on-line community to support the learning needs of students who are deaf and hard-of-hearing in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).