I travel around the country teaching several classes where I use PowerPoint slides. For the first time, I will soon have a hearing-impaired student. Our obligation would be to accommodate the student by using a sign-language interpreter or some equivalent method.
Using an interpreter would be quite expensive, since the classes are 8 hours a day for 2 days.
I’m hoping that we can identify some captioning software that would allow me to wear a wireless mic connected to a local computer and then display the text/captions in real-time (with a slight delay, of course). I can use a second, dedicated computer and display, if necessary. Cost is really not an issue, since it will cost far more to hire an interpreter than even the course fee charged to the student. It would make sense to invest in software and hardware for captioning, since we can use it for other hearing-impaired students in future courses.
I have serious hearing loss myself, so I am very sympathetic and want to provide the best accommodations possible.
Does anyone have any suggestions? And I apologize in advance because I will not be able to check back on the SDMB for at least three or four days after posting this. Trust me…I will get back to check on your comments ASAP.