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Electronic Notetaker

An Electronic Notetaker (ENT) is a language service professional who works with people who are unable to fully access the spoken word, and generally suits those who are D/deaf, Deafblind, dyslexic and/or unable to take their own notes, or who need the transfer of the spoken word to text or Braille. A summary of the speech (or verbatim record if the speech is slow) is done using equipment provided by the ENT – usually one or two laptop computers with dedicated software. Your ENT types what is heard so that you can read it from the ‘receiver’ laptop in real
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People who are Hard of Hearing

Hard of Hearing is a term used to describe people with a mild to moderate hearing loss. People who are hard of hearing will, in general, lose their hearing gradually and the majority of hard of hearing people do so later in their lives.  A person with a mild hearing loss might wear a hearing aid and have some difficulty in following conversations in noisy situations.  A person with a moderate hearing loss might have one or two hearing aids and will have difficulty following normal speech without the aid. If the person coming to a meeting or appointment uses
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People who are Deafened

People who were born hearing and become severely deaf after learning to speak are often described as deafened or as having an acquired profound hearing loss (APHL). This hearing loss may be due to a disease or illness or there may not be an identified reason for the loss of the person’s hearing. Deafened people may rely on lipreading to follow a conversation or need to have things written down for them. If arranging a meeting or appointment with a person who is deafened, it is important to find out what support they need, for example, an Electronic Notetaker or
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People who are Deafblind

Deafblindness is sometimes called dual sensory impairment. This is because deafblind people will have both some hearing loss and some sight loss. A person can be born deafblind (called congenital deafblindness) or lose both their hearing and sight in later life. Some people who are born with deafblindness may also have physical and/or learning disabilities. A person who is born deaf who later loses their sight is most likely to be a BSL user. Other deafblind people may be born blind and lose their hearing in later life. These people will use a spoken language and may also use braille
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Deaf Sign Language users

Deaf Sign Language users are people whose preferred or only language is British Sign Language (BSL).  These people have been born deaf or have become deaf early in life. People with this level of deafness are described as being profoundly deaf.  Deaf BSL users usually see themselves as part of a linguistic/cultural minority known as the Deaf Community.  A hearing professional who is not proficient in BSL (equivalent of BSL Level 3) must book a BSL/English Interpreter for all meetings and appointments with a Deaf Sign Language user in order to communicate effectively with the person.
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Palantypist / Speech-to-text

A Palantypist turns speech into text using a specialist keyboard and software. A skilled palantypist can reproduce speech on screen at over 200 wpm and 98% accuracy. Verbatim speech-to-text (VSTT) does not involve voice recognition software or predictive text; it is a skill acquired over many years of training and practice. VSTT can be displayed on a laptop screen or projected on to a bigger screen for larger audiences. VSTT can be provided on site or from a remote location and streamed to and from anywhere in the world using the latest screen-share technology and the power of the internet.
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Note-taker

A note-taker is a person who is contracted to provide a written note verbatim of any discussion, presentation or other spoken word event.  They may work from a laptop if they are transcribing a small meeting, or may project their notes onto a screen or TV for a larger audience. It is important that the note-taker has access to the appropriate equipment to ensure that her text reaches the intended audience without visual obstruction.  For this reason, it is good practice to place the note-taker at a table close to those with communication support needs, and also within good hearing
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