CART – Communication Access Real Time

CART – Communication Access Real Time

Communication Access Real-time Translation (CART) is a professional service that is targeted to aid those who suffer from hearing loss and deafness. It is important to note that this service is also mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as an auxiliary aid or service that can be delivered on location or remotely.

The CART services provide instant communication of spoken words into text format. Like a court reporter, a CART captioner will utilize a stenotype machine to type all spoken words, as well as a notebook computer and real-time software to provide instant translation. Upon translation, the text produced can be projected onto a personal computer monitor, a large screen, or appear as captions in a video presentation. Other mediums of transmission are available but the decision of the medium used should be based on the needs of those who are requesting the service.

While CART was designed to aid those who are hard of hearing and deaf, the service has also proved to be very beneficial to those whose first language is different from the one being used by a speaker.