Deaf people will undoubtedly reap the rewards of advances in computer technology. Real-time transcription systems such as Palantype, the system used by Lord Ashley in the House of Lords to follow debates, have been a great step forward.
The potential of voice-activated systems, transcribing the spoken word on to a screen, will have limitless applications for deaf and hard-of-hearing people across the spectrum of work and leisure.
Just as text-telephones, and soon video phones for sign-language users, have allowed communication barriers to come crashing down, so the development of CD-Rom and voice-activated systems will bring equality a step closer for Britain's deaf community.
Royal National Institute
for Deaf People
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