About SpeechText Access
SpeechText Access (STA) is a deaf-owned business. We use captioning ourselves and demand top-notch services. We employ skilled transcribers who provide high-quality work. In addition, we're affordable—our rates are typically lower than other CART or other speech-to-text providers.
STA is certified as a Disability-Owned Business Enterprise by the United States Business Leadership Network (USBLN). When we started the company, we set out to make a difference not only for people who need captions, but also for those who produce them. Our company was founded with a fundamental commitment to people with disabilities and military veterans. We proactively encourage them to train to become speech-to-text writers, and then we proactively hire them.
Bill Graham, Founder and CEO
Bill is the co-founder of the Association of Late-Deafened Adults (ALDA) and a well-known advocate for late-deafened and hard-of-hearing people in America. He's served on numerous boards related to access, education, and captioning. Bill’s an avid disciple of captioning and passionate about its quality. He’s also a published author, having written about hearing loss and communication access. In addition, Bill enjoyed a long, successful career in educational publishing, including 13 years as a managing editor at Microsoft.
Karen Putz, Director of Social Media
Karen brings passion to anything she takes on. Well known for her blog, A Deaf Mom Shares Her World, she is an ardent advocate for students who are deaf and hard of hearing. Karen connects people with each other and has a positivity that is contagious. She's worked in the communication access industry and has written extensively on numerous motivational topics. Karen has authored two books on parenting and one book on...barefoot water skiing!
Karen Kozlowski Graham, Strategist
Karen has been a leader in the communication access and human service industry for 30 years. She developed and ran several social service enterprises, most recently SignOn, a sign language interpreter company that provided on site and video interpreter services. She is also a licensed, practicing psychotherapist. Karen is enthusiastic about communication access, all aspects of health, and the arts.
Ardith Spies, Educator
Ardith owns and operates Verbatim Careers Institute, STA's training partner. She has over 20 years of experience in the education industry. The National Court Reporters Association awarded Ardith a Certified Program Evaluator status and in that capacity she evaluated several dozen schools in the United States. In 2010 she received the Education Award from the National Verbatim Reporters Association.
Marty Block, Consultant
While employed at the National Captioning Institute, Marty played a critical role in the development and implementation of the first realtime closed captioning on American television. He is a founder of American Data Captioning, now known as Vitac Corporation, the nation’s largest provider of closed captioning. In 1998 Telecommunications for the Deaf, Inc., honored Marty as one of 30 individuals who have produced the greatest impact on telecommunications accessibility for America's deaf and hard-of-hearing persons.