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Low and High Tech Assistive Technology: A Timeline

By Ayelet Weizs

In a world and society designed for ‘normal’, people with disabilities often find it challenging to access everyday opportunities that many take for granted. This reality is especially evident in higher education. These limitations are evident physically, such as university elevators that are too narrow for wheelchairs, and academically when classes are taught without captions and transcriptions for deaf students…
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Digital Court Reporter: Reasons to Hire & Become One

By Ayelet Weizs

There is a growing shortage of stenographers. This reality combined with the fact that the average age of a court reporter is 53, leaves cause for concern about the profession’s future. Additional contributing factors to this shortage include a significant decrease in graduates from professional stenographic training and the closure of many training schools, according to the American Association of…
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What is Voice Recognition Used for and How Does it Work?

By Ayelet Weizs

Voice recognition technology identifies a speaker and authenticates that he or she is indeed that individual. Unlike speech recognition, which identifies the words spoken, voice recognition analyzes countless patterns and elements that distinguish one person's voice from another. Voice recognition is now being used in every facet of our lives, personally and professionally.   How Is Voice Recognition Used in…
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EDUCAUSE & Verbit: Leveraging Technology to Improve Higher Education Accessibility

By Ayelet Weizs

  Digital transformation is making waves in higher education across the world. It changes how leadership manages the campus, it makes data-based automation possible for improving campus operations and student wellbeing, and it differentiates institutions for top tier students who seek innovative education that trains them to succeed in tomorrow's workplaces, just to name a few of the exciting developments.…
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Transcription Rates & What Must Be Included in the Price

By Ayelet Weizs

In today's world, organizations are inundated with a wide variety of transcription rate structures, which makes it challenging to compare one service provider from another. Therefore, the following quick guide is all about the most common payment structures, what transcription rate per minute and transcription rates per hour organizations can expect to pay, plus what exactly goes into those rates,…
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Positive Effects of Technology on Education: Make a Bigger Impact

By Ayelet Weizs

Education has been opening doors to professional and personal growth for centuries, but not for everyone. Therefore, an increasing number of education organizations are tapping into the positive effects of technology on education, realizing that choosing the right tools and methods can be a game-changer for students that have been previously marginalized. To get organizations ready to expand their impact…
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Virginia Tech and Verbit – National Disability Employment Awareness Summit

By Ayelet Weizs

"In 1945, Congress declared the first week in October 'National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.' That week is now a month, so there's more time to celebrate," reported the National Disability Institute, explaining that the entire month of October is now dedicated to highlighting barriers to employment that people with disabilities face, and the significance of including them more efficiently…
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ASR 101: Introduction to Speech Recognition

By Elisha Rosensweig

Technology is a critical part of almost any industry today, improving anything from efficiency to scalability, through the expansion of one's impact on the world. Yet when advanced innovations first emerge, industries everywhere understandably meet them with concerns. That was the case for the aviation industry in 1950, for example, when automation was still new. A common concern was that…
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Will AI Solutions Replace Stenographers?

By Ashley Chemtov

Let’s start with a basic, but important question: What is AI? Essentially, it's the broad discipline of creating smart machines that can perform tasks that are reminiscent of human capabilities such as recognizing objects, texts, sounds, speech, and solving different types of problems. Another more technical term for AI is machine learning.  AI is often mentioned as being superhuman in…
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