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ATSP welcomes two new Board members, responds to accessible media opponents, and publishes a full copy of its Professional Code of Conduct for public comment!
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ATSP and DMCA in Washington

On March 15th, Samuelson-Glushko Techology Law & Policy Clinic, representing ATSP and other organizations, filed reply comments to the U.S. Copyright Office as part of the ongoing petition for accessibility exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which would allow speech-to-text providers to legally circumvent certain aspects of the DMCA for the purposes of creating closed captions. 

Under Section 1201 of the DMCA, parties may petition the Copyright Office every three years to create or modify exemptions when the DMCA adversely affects non-infringing activities. Organizations opposing these exemptions include the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and the Association of American Publishers (AAP).

ATSP past president Shannon Cowling will be traveling to Washington, D.C., on Thursday, April 12, to testify at the petition hearing on behalf of ATSP and the interests of its members.
 
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ATSP Welcomes New Board Members!

ATSP is happy to introduce two new board members to our community!

Alison Nelson Chabot has been a Captionist with the University of Minnesota’s Interpreting/Captioning Unit since 2016. As a staff C-Print Captioner, Alison also handles the transcription and timecoding of in-class media. Alison graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor’s in Theatre Arts from Ithaca College. She is the current Co-Chair for her Office Culture Committee, and participates in on-campus staff LGBTQ+ advocacy when possible.

Emily Ackerland has been an on-site TypeWell Transcriptionist at Western Washington University since 2012 and has mentored new professionals since 2014. She’s currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Adult Education at WWU. Her interests include Universal Design and advocacy. 

We look forward to working with Alison and Emily in support of the speech-to-text community!
 

Conversation Street is Here!

If you happened to read February's Newsletter, you may have noticed a new feature within the trending section. That feature is Conversation Street! ATSP is excited to roll out this new way of spotlighting all of our members and member institutions.

To participate in Conversation Street, one simply has to be a member of ATSP, either as an organization or an individual. While drafting the monthly newsletter, random numbers are drawn by ATSP's student interns and then used to select from our member lists. The process is entirely random, and we hope to spotlight all interested members in the coming months.

Who is being featured on this month's conversation street? Scroll down to find out!
 

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Conversation Street

 

Who is Intellitext?

Image of the Intellitext LogoIntellitext, LLC, is dedicated to providing real-time transcription to the deaf, hard of hearing, or anyone else benefiting from speech-to-text services. Intellitext uses TypeWell to transcribe in classrooms, businesses, and anywhere conversations take place. Services are customized to fit the needs of a diverse clientele, as no two projects are the same.
 

"Five Burning Questions!"


1. What are the most important skills or traits that you look for in a speech-to-text service provider?

We look for transcribers who have shown an interest in continued learning beyond the Basic Skills Course. There are so many great resources available for transcribers to continually better themselves and their skills! We find that transcribers who continually strive for improvement also have high passion, pride, and drive, making for a very well-rounded professional.
 
2. In your opinion, what are the most important issues currently facing the speech-to-text profession?

As real-time speech-to-text providers, we are constantly being compared with automatic speech recognition programs. As this technology continues to improve, it's important that we demonstrate the benefit of human service providers and how we go beyond simply transcribing what is heard. Even when automatic speech recognition reaches a point of 100% accuracy, transcripts created by human service providers will still have the benefit of enhanced readability through use of formatting, added indicators such as [sarcasm] and [joke], and elimination of false starts, filler words, and repetition. It’s up to our community to continue demonstrating and representing these advantages.
 
3. What do you most want clients and consumers to know about Intellitext?

We work hard to nurture an environment of trust, constant support, and open communication. We have efficient methods to ensure our transcribers have all details needed before taking on a new assignment, including common terms, connection details, client preferences, and past transcripts. If a transcriber has questions or needs assistance at any point, we always have a team member available to assist and even to sub-transcribe within a moment’s notice. Thanks to this, we never leave a client without services. Our transcribers and clients can also attest to our quick responses to  emails; usually within 15 minutes, and oftentimes much sooner!

4. If you had to define your agency/company in three words, what would they be? 

Dedicated, enthusiastic, and reliable.

5. As an organization, who inspires you or motivates you to do your best?

We are inspired by the students and professionals we are able to serve. Our clients work hard to overcome obstacles in their education, careers, and lives, and we feel extremely honored to be able to be a part of their journeys. There is no greater reward than to be able to positively impact someone's life, and that's what we get to do every day.
 
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Full ATSP Code of Conduct Remains Open for Comment


ATSP has released the complete working draft of its Code of Professional Conduct, culminating with the fifth and final tenet "Integrity." The Code of Professional Conduct working draft will remain open for public comment and focused assessment through the month of May. The ATSP Board strongly encourages members to provide feedback by leaving comments at the bottom of this blog post (or by emailing us directly). We are ecstatic to see the full working draft go public, and we look forward to your input!
 
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