I attended a meeting a while ago and found that two people there had made arrangements to have their own personal palantypist (also known as speech to text reporting or STTR).
Whilst I had known that there would be a palantypist at the meeting, based on my experience of local hard of hearing groups I had been to, I expected their ‘output’ to be available to everyone at the meeting with the typing being projected onto a screen for everyone to see. However, this was the first time I’d seen a palantypist working on a one to one basis with someone, sitting beside them with their keyboard and using a very small notebook screen to display the discussion as it was typed up.
The person sitting next to me offered to share their notebook screen with me and whilst I didn’t need to read from it continually, it was really useful in helping to keep me oriented whenever I lost the thread of the conversation or failed to hear someone speaking from across the room.
It made me realise that there is a solution to a problem I’ve been having on an increasing basis these days when I participate in larger meetings and struggle to hear someone speaking across the room. It’s definitely something to look into for the future and presumably available through Access to Work.
Do you have any experiences of using a palantypist you can share?
Oh, and if you want to read more about palantypists in action, Charlie Swinbourne provides a really helpful description here.
Post Script – if you need to find out even more about the process, here’s another good website. How does stenography work?
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