The Impact of C-Print Captioning for College Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

See Print is a blog created by a C-Print® captionist who does real-time captioning to assist students with hearing impairments and other special needs in law school and other settings. C-Print is a speech-to-text system which was developed at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID), a college of Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), as a communication access service option for some deaf and hard-of-hearing students in educational environments. Captionists go into the classroom with a student and provide captioning of a professor’s lectures in real time so that students can view the lecture materials on a laptop. The See Print Moderator has prepared a guest blog for We Connect Now to give more information as to captioning works in practice and how it can help accommodate students with special needs in a hearing environment to achieve their full potential in college, graduate schools and other post-secondary educational settings.

By: See Print Moderator


What is C-Print?

C-Print® captioning is an accommodation available to help people participate and benefit more completely in a hearing environment. Advances in technology and accessibility are allowing C-Print® to improve access to necessary information for people who have a variety of needs in many different situations.

People who enjoy the opportunities provided by C-Print® may identify themselves as deaf, hard-of-hearing, or “hearing-impaired”. Some of them may have learning disabilities, visual difficulties, physical or mental challenges, or a variety of special needs in a hearing environment. Some hearing people may utilize C-Print® as an accommodation.

Video:   (In ASL ) What is C-Print?

For additional links regarding C-Print® see


What Students Say About C-Print Captioning:

“I will never forget how I felt the first day I walked into Disability services and looked at the girl behind the counter. I opened my mouth to try and explain my problem and began to cry. Being cutoff from part of the communication was extremely stressful, and I had reached my limit.”

“I explained how I was sponsored by Louisiana Rehabilitation Services and I was a person with a learning disability and hearing impairment. (Name withheld for privacy) introduced me to (Name withheld for privacy) who started me in the captioning program at LSU for the deaf and hard of hearing. With the transcripts, I flourished. Gradually I gained confidence and began to take notes from the transcripts during class.”

“Before captioning, I taped all my lectures and played them back at a high enough volume to hear and understand. It was impossible for me to keep up, and I ended up so stressed that I cried openly that day in the disability services office.”

“In a university setting, I’m held to the same high standards as all the other students yet, I do not receive the same amount of information without captioning. With captioning, I was able to keep up and compete on the same level as my fellow students. When put on the same level as my fellow students, I obtained my goal by graduating from a major state university with top honors!” 

~Source:  Quote shared with permission of student (Full name withheld for privacy)

For other links useful for students with hearing impairments see

About See Print:

I am a Level II certified C-Print captionist. I have captioned in various university settings and moderated a national discussion board for C-Print captionists since 2004. My major assignments include following students through law school, but I work in many subject areas and settings to provide real-time captioning, both in person and remotely. 

  • Industry: Education
  • Occupation: Level II C-Print Captionist since 2004
  • Location: United States
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  • Contact See Print:  cpseeprint at gmail dot com (Change to a functional address:  Replace the word “at” with an “@” symbol; add a period in place of the word “dot,”  and remove all spaces.)
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There is much more useful information about the use of C-Print® captioning in specific areas on the See Print website.

For more information on educational opportunities for veterans with hearing loss and the use of C-Print captioning see

For more information for teachers who work with captionists see

For more information for individuals who may be interested in learning captioning and other resources for captionists see and


One Response to The Impact of C-Print Captioning for College Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

  1. Thanks for including the link to, the blog with information about using C-Print® captioning as an accommodation in the classroom for students with various challenges.

    C-Print® can allow students with special needs to achieve success on equal footing with the rest of their classmates. It is used in many different educational settings, inside and outside of the classroom.

    I want to point out that C-Print® captioning is a useful accommodation, not only for students who are deaf or hard of hearing, but also for students with many different needs.

    C-Print® can be used for students who have learning challenges, vision difficulties, Asperger’s Syndrome, Usher’s Syndrome, selective mutism, or processing disorders, as well as for students learning English, etc.

    I encourage your readers to visit the site to learn how it can help them in their unique situations.

    In particular, I want to emphasize that we have the largest population of returning military veterans who have been deafened or rendered hard of hearing during wartime. Many choose to return to school. Most do not read lips or know sign language, and many are returning to the classroom without any hearing devices or aids. C-Print® captioning is a such a blessing for these heroes as they seek success in their lives and futures, but most do not know about this service.

    The same can be said for the large population of people today who are ageing and managing age-related hearing loss. Many of these people are seeking second careers that require returning to school. Most people who are late-deafened do not read lips or sign. C-Print® captioning can allow them equal access to information in educational settings.

    On a side note, people are beginning to realize that not all people who can’t hear have the ability to read lips or sign and that there is a large and growing population in this category. Some medical facilities are becoming aware of the need for real-time C-Print® captioning. It is even being used by some churches during religious services.

    Visit to learn how C-Print® captioning can help you, your child, or your student to achieve meaningful success in education via equal access to information.

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