A deaf professional works in a top secret field where national
security is a concern. For a top secret meeting he cannot get an
interpreter; he cannot even “cheat” by using IM to get meeting
proceedings from a colleague; he cannot even “cheat” again by using
TTY relay service where a colleague could voice on the telephone the
meeting proceedings. Not even using IM shoulder to shoulder is
permitted. And no one likes to write notes on a lengthy meeting where
everyone is involved in discussions.
What to do? The top secret company provides him with a voice-to-text
machine where he is able to follow the meeting proceedings.
How good is that voice-to-text machine? “It is about 80 percent
accurate. I know enough of technical jargon to fill in the gaps and I
leave the meeting satisfied with knowing what went on,” said the deaf