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Can You Read Me Now? Captioning Options in the Classroom and Community (PD102603)

Presenter(s): Maria C Childress, AuD, CCC-A
Course Description

This session from ASHA’s 2021 Schools Connect online conference gives an overview of the pros and cons of automatic speech recognition (ASR) and speech-to-text (STT) translation technologies for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. The speaker shares demonstrations of apps that use the technologies, examples of subtitles within other applications, suggestions for integrating with remote microphone technology, considerations for school districts, and related resources.

Learning Outcomes
You will be able to:

  • Describe the difference between STT and ASR 
  • List two situations for which ASR can be used 
  • Name two different ways to access captions


  • Acronyms and definitions
  • Platforms
  • Captioning options
  • Connectivity
  • Resources

Presenter Information

Tina Childress, AuD, CCC-A, is an educational audiologist in the mainstream and residential school settings. She is an award-winning presenter and adjunct lecturer and mentor for children and adults, and is active on various local, state and national Boards and Committees as well as social media. As a late-deafened adult with bilateral cochlear implants, her areas of expertise include (hearing) assistive technology, accessibility (especially in the performing arts), apps, and psychosocial adjustment to hearing loss. She has created numerous online resources on a variety of technology and accessibility-related subjects in an effort to help individuals who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing connect to the world around them, including in these pandemic times. Dr. Childress is active on many local and national Boards and Committees, where she is a strong advocate for accessibility and disseminating resources.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • Board member of Association of Late Deafened Adults
  • Advisory Board member of Deaf Kids Code
  • Board member of Educational Audiology Association
  • Advisory Board member of Gallaudet University Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center
  • National Advisory Group of National Technical Institute for the Deaf
  • Member at Large of Telecommunication Devices for the Deaf, Inc.

Assessment Type

Self-assessment—Think about what you learned and report on the Completion Form how you will use your new knowledge.

To earn continuing education credit, you must complete the learning assessment by the end date below.

Program History and CE Information

Online conference dates: July 14-26, 2021
End date: April 4, 2028

This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Related area).

Subscribers Ratings
PDH: 1
ASHA CEU*: 0.1
Item #(s): PD102603
Available Through: April 04, 2028