TypeWell

TypeWell may be provided to Deaf and Hard of Hearing students based on their documentation and determination by the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Coordinator.  The ASP Services Manager schedules and coordinates all TypeWell transcriber requests.
To learn more about TypeWell, ask the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Coordinator for a demo or go to the TypeWell website – www.Typewell.com
If you use TypeWell as a note taking accommodation, please keep in mind that TypeWell notes are more detailed than regular student notes. The student is responsible for reading through the notes and picking out the main points. TypeWell is not able to condense the notes. If you find TypeWell notes to be too detailed, please discuss this issue with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Coordinator.
TypeWell is a speech to text transcription service that provides the Deaf or Hard of Hearing student with visual access to what is said in the classroom. TypeWell is a meaning for meaning transcription. The TypeWell transcriber is trained to listen for the content and meaning of what is being said and to type it quickly on a laptop. The student is given a laptop on which he or she can read the transcript. TypeWell is wireless so the student is able to sit anywhere in the classroom and does not need to sit near the transcriber.  Although TypeWell is not a verbatim transcription, it is very close to a word for word transcription. The TypeWell transcriber is trained to eliminate non-essential speech. All TypeWell transcribers are carefully screen and receive extensive training and practice utilizing the TypeWell system.
At UVM, we also provide TypeWell as a note taking tool for students who are Deaf or hard of hearing. The student does not need to read the transcript during class if they only want notes to refer to after class.  TypeWell notes are uploaded to our notes website (www.uvm.edu/~notes/notes) and the student then downloads them. Students can still request a laptop if they would like a transcript during class.
NOTE: TypeWell should not be substituted for attendance in class. If the student misses class 3 times in a row, the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Coordinator will contact the student for a meeting. If the student fails to respond to the request for a meeting and/or frequent absences continue, TypeWell will be suspended until the student meets with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Coordinator.
TypeWell is the primary accommodation provided at UVM. Due to the nature of some courses, there are times when TypeWell may not be an appropriate or reasonable accommodation. In these cases, substitutions may be considered. For more information, please contact the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Coordinator.

To request TypeWell for the classroom:

1. Meet with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Coordinator

2. Fill out the accommodation request form online.  Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing are given priority registration and are encouraged to register during this time. It takes several weeks to locate and schedule transcribers for the semester.

3. Fill out the accommodation request form online IMMEDIATELY with changes in class schedule

    1. when you add a class
    2. when you drop a class

Please keep in mind that if you add or drop classes after classes have started, we may or may not be able to provide transcribers for the change in schedule. Please try to determine your schedule prior to the beginning of the semester.

4. Email the ASP Services Manager when TypeWell is needed for:

    1. any additional class meetings
    2. meetings with professors
    3. Exams
    4. class field trips
    5. Study groups
    6. Supplemental instruction
    7. Review sessions
    8. tutoring

5. Let the ASP Services Manager know in advance if you will not be attending class or if there has been a room change.

6. Contact the ASP Services Managerif there is no TypeWell transcriber present when requested or you or your professor have issues with a transcriber.

7. The student will be notified of any absences or substitution of services when necessary.