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The Professional Association Representing
Speech-To-Text Reporters

Speech-to-Text Reporters (STTRs) provide professional communication support for deaf and hard of hearing people. AVSTTR, the Association of Speech-to-Text Reporters, was created to offer support and guidance to our professional members, to share learning through the exchange of ideas and experiences and to promote training. We aim to raise public awareness of our profession and to promote equal access to communication in English for deaf and hard of hearing people.

The Princess Royal addresses a Hearing Link charity dinner
Photo: Matt Leete

STTRs listen to what is being said and simultaneously convert this to text on a screen. This is not a précis or a summary but a verbatim, i.e. word-for-word, account. This enables a deaf or hard of hearing person to follow exactly what is being said and to participate fully. There are no gaps to fill in, no guesswork; every word spoken is there in front of you. In addition, where relevant, the STTR will indicate environmental sounds, such as laughter or an interruption by a mobile phone.

Speech-to-Text is used at a wide variety of events and meetings. An STTR may work with a person on a one-to-one basis at a work meeting or training course, a medical appointment or even during wedding speeches. The person will seat themselves close to the laptop of the STTR where they will have a clear view of the text appearing, word for word. STT may also be used at conferences and public debates, where the text would be projected to a large screen or screens so that the whole audience can see it.

The Equality Act 2010 sets out certain situations where there is a duty on employers and service providers to make "reasonable adjustments", which could include the provision of STT. Read more.

You may be eligible for Access to Work funding to pay for STT in the workplace. Read more.

Students: your University/College Disability Officer will be able to advise you about Disabled Students Allowance for funding of Speech-to-Text in the classroom.

High speed internet now allows Speech-to-Text to be provided remotely, where appropriate. The STTR, working from home, will listen in to a meeting over a phone link or Skype and will use secure screenshare software to enable someone in a different location to view the text produced on their own PC/laptop/iPad etc. This works best for smaller meetings.

For more information on Speech-to-Text click here to download our FAQs

Book a Reporter

All our STTRs here are Registered with the National Registers of Communication Professionals working with Deaf and Deafblind People (NRCPD).

What does this mean ↓

This means their skills have been independently tested; they have undergone Deaf Awareness Training to at least Level 1; they must adhere to a Professional Code of Conduct and are CRB checked. Registration is maintained via Continuing Professional Development. By April 2013 all must have Public Indemnity Insurance in place. Should you not be satisfied with the service received from an STTR, you should first of all feed back directly to the STTR concerned. If you are still unhappy, the NRCPD have a complaints procedure. See www.nrcpd.org.uk

Use the booking form below to fill in as much information about the booking as possible and the form will go out via email to all our Registered STTRs.

Alternatively, you can contact any of our STTRs individually. As there are so few STTRs in the UK, many travel extensively to areas where there is no provision. We have indicated the very broad areas North and South (of England) or Wales or Ireland where they are located.

Important: Please download the files below and read carefully the following information before making your booking request. important-information.doc
Standards-of-Service-August-2012.doc

Your Name *

Your Email *

Location

Date

Type of event

Start time

End time

Lunch/ break times

Number of service users (if known)

Projection to big screen
(Please note, this equipment is provided by the venue)
 no yes

Reporters Required
(for most all day bookings 2 STTRs are required)

Please provide any other information which may be useful

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Our Reporters

Denotes reporters who do remote work as well as on site work.

Gill Croft

Also works
remotely

Gill Croft

Email Gill

Gill's Website

North

Jean Gough

Jean Gough

Email Jean

South

Claire Hill

Also works
remotely

Claire Hill

Email Claire

Claire's Website

South

Mirella Fox

Also works
remotely

Mirella Fox

Email Mirella

South

Wendy Osmond

Also works
remotely

Wendy Osmond

Email Wendy

South

Kath Sykes

Also works
remotely

Kath Sykes

Email Kath

North

Sharon Golder

Sharon Golder

Email Sharon

South

Hilary Maclean

Hilary Maclean

Email Hilary

South Wales

Norma White

Also works
remotely

Norma White

Email Norma

Norma's Website

South & East Anglia

Amanda Bavin

Amanda Bavin

Email Amanda

Amanda's Website

South

Karen Schober

Karen Schober

Email Karen

North

Nicole Harrison

Nicole Harrison

Email Nicole

South

Sheryll Holley

Also works
remotely

Sheryll Holley

Email Sheryll

Sheryll's Website

South Wales

Lisa Cordaro

Also works
remotely

Lisa Cordaro

Email Lisa

South

Vicoria Davies

Also works
remotely

Victoria Davies

Email Victoria

North

Louise Pepper

Louise Pepper

Email Louise

South

Laura Harrison

Also works
remotely

Laura Harrison

Email Laura

North

Natalie Bracken

Natalie Bracken

Email Natalie

South

Julia Jacobie

Also works
remotely

Julia Jacobie

Email Julia

South

Franny Barrett

Franny Barrett

Email Franny

Franny's Website

North

Susan McIntyre

Susan McIntyre

Email Susan

Ireland

Orla Pearson

Also works
remotely

Orla Pearson

Email Orla

South

Elain McCarthy

Also works
remotely

Elaine McCarthy

Email Elaine

Ireland

Joanne Naughton

Joanne Naughton

Email Joanne

North

Become a Member

The AVSTTR aim is to provide a training and support mechanism to achieve and maintain high standards within the Speech-to-Text field, creating a sense of belonging for all practitioners in the isolated world in which we work and giving us a stronger voice with which we can improve working conditions for all of us.

To become a member of AVSTTR or renew your membership please click here to dowload the form. There are membership categories for virtually every stage in your STTR career.

Membership is open to non-NRCPD registered members.

Contact

To contact our enquiry line please email enquiries@avsttr.org.uk

Please note that this mail box is checked intermittently, so please be patient for a response.

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