American Respeaking


After several years working in the health promotion field, Aaron decided to pursue a career change. The results of a skills and aptitude test suggested the two best options for future study: actuary or court reporter. He never had to wonder what might have been as an actuary; he took to court reporting right away. He was on pace of achieving his goal of setting the court reporting school record for fastest time to graduation when fate intervened. After undergoing two invasive neck surgeries and months of recovery and physical therapy, he could no longer continue writing on his steno keyboard. It was time for another change, but this time a minor one. Fortunately, his stenography skills transferred well to voice dictation.


Aaron purchased “Voice Writing Method” and taught himself how to voice caption. He worked as a freelance transcriber for approximately one year. He transcribed and edited transcripts of depositions, courtroom sessions, and business meetings. In 2011, he jumped at the opportunity to learn to caption realtime and give up the drudgery of editing.


Aaron enrolled in the training course at Caption Colorado. After passing his realtime tests, he was hired as a part-time transcriber. After showing aptitude for realtime captioning, he was promoted to a full-time captioner, where he continues today.


Aaron captions every type of event under the sun, from business meetings to college classes, from professional sporting events to rock concerts, from earnings reports to government briefings, from relaying for hard of hearing clients to captioning nightly newscasts on major television networks. He has captioned live events for the United States White House, Food and Drug Administration, National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control, National Disability Institute, United States Department of Agriculture, as well as public and private events for many Fortune 500 companies. He has live captioned speeches by Pope Francis, President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan, and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.

If you ask him if he misses his steno keyboard, he will say he would want not go back even if he could. Aaron truly has found a home in the field of voice captioning. 


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