The Association of Transcribers and Speech-to-Text Providers (ATSP) is a non-profit organization devoted to advancing the delivery of real-time speech-to-text services to deaf or hard-of-hearing people by establishing a national standard of excellence for real-time transcribers/captionists.
Initial planning began and a task force formed at the Mind, Body and “Sole” Conference in Columbus, Ohio in 2013. Initial support came from TypeWell, The Ohio State University’s Disability Services Department, and Kent State University’s Student Accessibility Services. In the fall of 2015, a donor provided the funding to establish ATSP as an official nonprofit organization.
We are grateful to attorney Jason Stowe, Eric Troy, Program Director, University Outreach and Engagement for Student Life at The Ohio State University; Erin Scott, lecturer and nonprofit organizations expert; Dennis Priebe and Brooke Parker from the Center on Education and Training for Employment at The Ohio State University; and LaunchNet Kent State for their guidance in our efforts. We appreciate Chelsea Bertram from Initial Focus for her graphic design contribution, and the following individuals who provided support to the Task Force early on: Chanel Carlascio, Carly Gerard, Bill Graham, Andrew Hansen, and Randi Hecht.
ATSP will establish and measure best practices, and provide training in and advocacy for real-time speech-to-text services. Please join us and help build the future of speech-to-text services.
Who We Are
|Shannon Cowling (President) is the Assistant Director, Accessible Communication and Media at Kent State University and Video Relay Interpreter for Sorenson Communications. She has worked as an American Sign Language interpreter since 1998 and holds NIC certification. Her interpreting practice spans over community, education, and video relay settings. Shannon became a TypeWell transcriber in 2013. As the Assistant Director of Student Accessibility Services, she evaluates and coordinates accommodations for deaf and hard of hearing students. She furthered her expertise by earning a master of education in Higher Education and Administration and Student Personnel.|
|Bill Graham (Vice President) is the founder and CEO of CaptionAccess, a full-service captioning and transcription company. He has been a relentless advocate for captioning since becoming deafened as an adult. He co-founded the Association of Late-Deafened Adults (ALDA) and has served on numerous national boards and committees related to captioning and disability, as well as the Gallaudet University Board of Trustees. He is featured in the book Great Deaf Americans. Bill also spent a decade as a manager at Microsoft Corporation. He’d be a cross-country ski bum if he had the time.|
|Jodi Tobin (Co-Treasurer) has been a staff transcriber at The Ohio State University since 2004. She is one of the initial incorporators of Association of Transcribers and Speech-to-text Providers (ATSP). Jodi is collaborating with Karen Walraven and Student Life at OSU to create an organization on campus for students who are hard of hearing.|
|Karen Walraven (Co-Treasurer) Karen Walraven has been a staff transcriber at The Ohio State University since 2004. She is one of the initial incorporators of ATSP. Karen earned an Applied Science degree in Court Reporting and was a freelance court reporter for several years. She has been an active participant in OSU’s Champions in the Workplace staff development and community building initiative, and is collaborating with Jodi Tobin and Student Life to create an organization on campus for students who are hard of hearing.|
|Kate Ervin (Board Member) has served as TypeWell’s Director since 2011, a TypeWell trainer since 2009, and a transcriber since 2004. She oversees the development of TypeWell’s software features and provides consulting, demos, and technical support for speech-to-text providers as well as consumers, parents, and teachers. Kate also develops online training courses and coordinates professional development conferences and workshops for transcribers, captionists, assistive technology specialists, and disability service coordinators.|
|Dillian Bamman (Intern) is Actuarial Science student at The Ohio State University and interning with ATSP. He hopes to learn the intricacies of a non-profit organization and has a desire to dedicate time out of his busy lifestyle to help others in some way. He recently finished an enlistment with the U.S. Air Force as a photojournalist, and even though mathematics is his strong suit, Dillian was fortunate to be given a career in the Air Force to shape him into a well-rounded individual.|