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Another Success Story on Using Interact-AS in the Classroom

Submitted by Anonymous on Dec<br>&nbsp;11

Professor Donna Massine is an Educational Audiologist that for over twenty years has been assisting Colorado students that are hard of hearing. In a recent article, titled “Classroom Captioning: Interact-AS is Making a Difference in Listening Comprehension”, she documents some of the success stories that she has experienced in using Interact-AS in classroom situations. Here is the first paragraph of the article. To read the entire document click here.

CLASSROOM CAPTIONING: INTERACT-AS IS MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN LISTENING COMPREHENSION
by Dr. Donna Massine

Do you know your student’s Listening Comprehension score? Do you really know the impact that your student’s various accommodations to access classroom communication are making on their score? Does your student have a good understanding of how much classroom content they are really missing? A year ago, the Massine’s began searching for the missing technology that could make a big difference in one particular high school student’s access to verbal instruction in the classroom. This student was intelligent, a good reader and had an affinity for technology – but was the first to say that any additional help from the DHH staff was not needed and that there wasn’t much benefit from his personal FM system. After twenty minutes with Interact-AS™, this student couldn’t believe how much he was missing in the classroom. He immediately became a fan of this new technology.

... to read the complete article click here.

 

About SpeechGear, Inc.

Headquartered in Northfield, Minnesota, SpeechGear, Inc. is a privately held firm with products that remove the language barrier by instantly translating whatever you say, hear, read, write or type. To find out more about SpeechGear and its complete suite of products, please visit www.speechgear.comor send an email to info@speechgear.com.

New Version of Interact™ Released

Submitted by robp on Dec<br>&nbsp;12

SpeechGear and Auditory Sciences have released the latest update to the Compadre:Interact™ and Interact-AS™ Software Modules. Version 5.0.13410 includes a global key register feature that enables administration personal the ability to control which accounts on a computer can access the software.

 

About Auditory Sciences, LLC.

Auditory Sciences is a wholly owned subsidiary of SpeechGear, Inc. that is focused on developing communication products for individuals with disabilities. The firm’s Interact-AS™ Communications Suite assists individuals that are Hard-of-Hearing by instantly transcribing conversations and other forms of speech, and people that are Deaf by enabling direct communication with people who do not know sign language. These products can be used with anyone, anywhere, and anytime, and even to communicate in multiple languages. To learn more about the firm and the Interact-AS Communications suite, please Visit www.auditorysciences.com or send an email to info@auditorysciences.com.

 

About SpeechGear, Inc.

Headquartered in Northfield, Minnesota, SpeechGear, Inc. is privately held firms with products that remove the language barrier by instantly translating whatever you say, hear, read, write or type. To find out more about SpeechGear and its complete suite of products, please visit www.speechgear.com or send an email to info@speechgear.com.

 

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SpeechGear Introduces a New Desktop Microphone

Submitted by Anonymous on Dec<br>&nbsp;11

There are three key components to a speech translation system: the software, the computer on which it is running, and the microphone being used to capture the audio. SpeechGear continually evaluates microphone systems and works with partners to identify and develop the best possible microphone systems for use with Compadre:Interact. Currently SpeechGear offers five recommended microphones – three of which are cabled systems and two of which are wireless. These can be viewed by clicking here. In all cases, SpeechGear modifies the microphone systems to optimize them for use with the Compadre Suite. The latest entry into the recommended microphone suite is a new desktop microphone that offers superior noise cancelling to our previous design (part Z.MIC.DESK). This system retails for $349 and is intended for used in situations such as a reception counter or in an office setting.

About SpeechGear, Inc.
Headquartered in Northfield, Minnesota, SpeechGear, Inc. is a privately held firm with products that remove the language barrier by instantly translating whatever you say, hear, read, write or type. To find out more about SpeechGear and its complete suite of products, please visit www.speechgear.com or send an email to info@speechgear.com.

New Version of Interact™ Released

Submitted by robp on Dec<br>&nbsp;12

SpeechGear and Auditory Sciences have released the latest update to the Compadre:Interact(TM) and Interact-AS(TM) Software Modules. Version 5.0.13409 includes a faster load and unload process for speech engines and captioning. It is available for immediate purchase and download.

 

About Auditory Sciences, LLC.

Auditory Sciences is a wholly owned subsidiary of SpeechGear, Inc. that is focused on developing communication products for individuals with disabilities. The firm’s Interact-AS™ Communications Suite assists individuals that are Hard-of-Hearing by instantly transcribing conversations and other forms of speech, and people that are Deaf by enabling direct communication with people who do not know sign language. These products can be used with anyone, anywhere, and anytime, and even to communicate in multiple languages. To learn more about the firm and the Interact-AS Communications suite, please Visit www.auditorysciences.com or send an email to info@auditorysciences.com.

 

About SpeechGear, Inc.

Headquartered in Northfield, Minnesota, SpeechGear, Inc. is privately held firms with products that remove the language barrier by instantly translating whatever you say, hear, read, write or type. To find out more about SpeechGear and its complete suite of products, please visit www.speechgear.com or send an email to info@speechgear.com. ###

Joint Guidance Released on Meeting Communication Needs of Students with Disabilities

Submitted by Anonymous on Dec<br>&nbsp;11

The U.S. Departments of Justice (DOJ) and Education (ED) released joint guidance on effective communication with students with disabilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which outlines the responsibility of public schools to ensure that communication with students that have hearing, vision, or speech disabilities is as effective as communication with all other students. Public schools must apply both the IDEA analysis and the Title II (of ADA) effective communication analysis in determining how to meet the communication needs of an IDEA‐eligible student with a hearing, vision, or speech disability. The guidance includes FAQs, a “Dear Colleague” letter, and a fact sheet on “Meeting the Communication Needs of Students with Hearing, Vision, or Speech Disabilities.”

 

Background

The joint guidance explains public schools' responsibilities under the ADA and IDEA to meet the communication needs of students with hearing, vision, or speech disabilities. IDEA requires that schools make available a free appropriate public education (FAPE), consisting of special education and related services, to all eligible children with disabilities (including those with disabilities that result in communication needs). Title II of the ADA requires schools to ensure that students with disabilities receive communication that is as effective as communication with others through the provision of appropriate auxiliary aids and services. A recent federal court decision highlighted that the Title II effective communication requirement differs from the requirements in IDEA. In some instances, in order to comply with Title II, a school may have to provide the student with auxiliary aids or services that are not required under IDEA. In other instances, the communication services provided under IDEA will meet the requirements of both laws for an individual student.

 

Resources

For more information, contact Catherine D. Clarke, ASHA's director of education and regulatory advocacy, at cclarke@asha.org or by phone at 800-498-2071, ext. 5611.

New Release of Interact™ Now Supports Southern Dialects of American English Speech

Submitted by robp on Dec<br>&nbsp;12

SpeechGear and Auditory Sciences have released the latest update to the Compadre:Interact™ and Interact-AS™ Software Modules. Version 5.0.13404 now includes support of Southern dialect of American English speech. The software automatically adapts to a variety of Southern dialects, ranging geographically from Tennessee and Georgia, through Alabama and Texas. The new version is available for immediate purchase and download.

What are your Rights as a Parent of a Child with Hearing Loss?

Submitted by robp on Dec<br>&nbsp;11

Does your school need to provide accommodations, and if so, what type? The U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Education has put together a document that summarizes what you need to know. The guidance, in the form of a letter to educators (available in Spanish) with an attached Frequently Asked Questions document, is intended to help schools understand and comply with federal legal requirements on meeting the communication needs of students with disabilities. Also released was a fact sheet on the guidance for parents (available in Spanish).

The Testing is In and SpeechGear is on Top

Submitted by robp on Dec<br>&nbsp;11

TechRadar published an article today listing SpeechGear’s Compadre:Interact speech recognition engine as being a top provider of speech engines. To read the article, click here.

New Version of Interact™ Released

Submitted by robp on Dec<br>&nbsp;12

SpeechGear and Auditory Sciences have released the latest update to the Compadre:Interact™ and Interact-AS™ Software Modules. Version 5.0.13408 includes new features for speech generation – including an expanded offering of Favorites Lists. It is available for immediate purchase and download.

Interact-AS Featured at the Assistive Technology Center

Submitted by robp on Dec<br>&nbsp;12

The Assistive Technology Center features assistive technology products that are being used to help people with disabilities. After reviewing multiple submissions, the Center has included Auditory Sciences' Interact-AS among their featured products. Click here to learn more.

 

About Auditory Sciences, LLC.

Auditory Sciences is a wholly owned subsidiary of SpeechGear, Inc. that is focused on developing communication products for individuals with disabilities. The firm’s Interact-AS™ Communications Suite assists individuals that are Hard-of-Hearing by instantly transcribing conversations and other forms of speech, and people that are Deaf by enabling direct communication with people who do not know sign language. These products can be used with anyone, anywhere, and anytime, and even to communicate in multiple languages. To learn more about the firm and the Interact-AS Communications suite, please Visit www.auditorysciences.com or send an email to info@auditorysciences.com.

 

About SpeechGear, Inc.

Headquartered in Northfield, Minnesota, SpeechGear, Inc. is privately held firms with products that remove the language barrier by instantly translating whatever you say, hear, read, write or type. To find out more about SpeechGear and its complete suite of products, please visit www.speechgear.comor send an email to info@speechgear.com.