Speech-to-Text Reporting (also more commonly known as captioning) is an area of realtime work providing communication support for the D/deaf and hard-of-hearing communities, as well as people whose first language is not English. Hearing people also benefit from the services of an STTR. Captioning assignments include meetings, conferences, festivals, museums, seminars, lectures, or one-to-one support. The captioner can be either onsite or remote.

The primary role of an STTR is to provide communication support, not to provide a legal, official transcript. If and when a text-format document is provided by the STTR, this is purely as an aide-memoir for the service user and has no legal standing, i.e., it cannot be quoted in the Court of Appeal, for example. A disclaimer to this effect will accompany an STTR’s transcript:

DISCLAIMER: Live captioning is provided in order to facilitate communication accessibility. This document contains the real-time captions in a text format, and has not been edited, proofread, or corrected. It is not an official, legal transcript and is not certified to be true and correct. It may contain computer-generated mistranslations of palantype/stenotype code and/or electronic transmission errors, resulting in inaccurate or nonsensical word combinations.

  • Sharon Golder

  • Contact Info

  • 07771 661664
  • stgolder@gmail.com
  • About Our Member

  • I began training to be a Palantypist in Aug 1990 straight after finishing A'levels at school. I worked at Snaresbrook Crown Court and then after qualifying in 1993 I went to work at the Old Bailey. After transferring companies and moving to work at Courts in Essex for a few year, in 1998 I started to branch into STTR and live captioning work and have done mainly that ever since. I am a member of BIVR, AVSTTR and I am NRCPD registered.

    I'm interested in deaf and disability issues. I've been learning British Sign Language for 18 months. I like to travel, especially to seaside resorts. I do regular bookings in London, Kent and Brighton but can be persuaded to work anywhere.

    I love animals and have a small zoo at my house.

  • Member
  • NRCPD Registered, Verbatim STTR/Captioning - Remote, Verbatim STTR/Captioning - On-site
  • UK, EU, Worldwide