Speech-To-Text/Court Reporting

PALANTYPE - For the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Communication Support from a qualified Language Service Professional (LSP)...

What is Speech to Text?

A Speech-to-Text Reporter (STTR) listens to what is being said and types it, word for word, onto an electronic shorthand keyboard which is linked to their laptop. Unlike a QWERTY keyboard not every letter in a word is pressed, but several keys will be pressed at once which represent whole words, phrases or shortforms. Specially designed software will then convert these phonetic chords back into English which can then displayed for the someone to read  The text is displayed either on the screen of a laptop for a sole user or projected onto a large screen or a series of plasma screens for a larger number of users.  An STTR produces a verbatim account of what is said at speeds in excess of 200 words per minute and also gives extra information, such as {laughter}or {applause}, to keep the user informed of the mood of the hearing, meeting or conference. You can get more information on the palantype method and it's history on the Simplified Spelling Website.

Many STTRs, including myself, began their working lives in the courts, where the system was used to record proceedings and provide transcripts when requested. The skills developed in this area have also made us invaluable in the field of communication with deaf people, as we are used to producing work with an extremely high degree of accuracy and acting with complete discretion at all times. In fact an STTR expects to reach consistent levels of accuracy of 98% and above.

In order to become a STTR you need extensive training on the keyboard and associated software, plus at least a further two years of practice building up your speed, accuracy, dictionary/vocabulary and gaining experience.  Only then are you ready to apply for CACDP endorsement which will confirm that you have reached the required minimum standard. It is also a good guide to getting an expert STTR if they are a member of their professional body, the Association of Speech-to-Text Reporters (AVSTTR). A list of their Registered members can be found here .

There are many situations in which Speech-to-Text as communication support would be invaluable: meetings, lectures, doctors /hospital appointments, legal/court appearances, seminars, training sessions, subtitling...


There are many applications for Speech-to-Text, not least in business. If you are hosting or organising a large event such as a conference, a seminar or training session there may be people attending who are hard of hearing or deafened . Speech-to-Text can make the whole agenda much more accesible. The picture at the top of the page shows STT in action.

If you would like more information about STT in a conference setting click here.

Court Reporting... Transcription...

As well as communication support I am also available to cover legal proceedings.  I have extensive experience in producing high quality transcripts, same day if required, of court hearings, arbitrations, tribunals, formal inquiries, depositions etc.  For more detailed information about this service click here.

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