Other shortlisted practices 2014

A Speech-to-text-service

Kombia created a service for hard of hearing, deafened and deaf people. It trains written interpreters/STTRs, arranges the service and informs HoH (hard of hearing) and Deaf about the usage. Furthermore it utilized speech recognition software, which makes interpreting for the written interpreters easier and faster.

“Written interpreting gives me equal opportunities, I feel as a part of the group, my deafness isn’t important.”

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About the practice at a glance
Name of Innovative Practice:Qualifizierung und Vermittlung von Schriftdolmetschern
Organisation:Kombia Gbr
of origin
Beneficiaries targeted Persons with hearing impaiments
Approach/ model/ solution:Written interpreters/Speech-to-text-reporters (STTRs) for hearing impaired people are trained, promoted and supported.


  • Since Kombia was founded, it grew about 40-65% each year
  • Kombia pioneered the work with written interpreters for a lot of other institutions and supported the establishment of associations and quality standards
  • Kombia works with interpreters all over Germany and cultivates relationships to various countries around the world concerning written interpreting


A study showed a need of 1916 written interpreters for aurally handicapped, but only 70 do exist. Furthermore written interpreting was possible only by writing on a keyboard or with steno, which is difficult and expensive.


Kombia utilized speech to text software for the first time in Germany so that something spoken is transferred into text. The new training for this kind of interpreting is easier and less expensive. More interpreters with good quality are effectively trained.

Another part of the project is the increase of the awareness of the accessibility for hard of hearing, deafened and deaf to do whatever they want.

A Speech-to-text-service

Here written interpreting is done via internet

Copyright by Kombia


Mrs. Birgit Nofftz
Kombia GbR
In der Olk 2, 354290 Trier
+49 (0) 651 – 1453003

nominated by: Christian Papadopoulos, Bundesministerium für Arbeit und Soziales