COMMUNICATION ACCESS REALTIME TRANSLATION (CART)
Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART), also referred to as realtime captioning or live-event captioning, is a way to transcribe the spoken word into readable English text using a stenotype machine, notebook computer, and realtime software. Through the services of CART providers, text appears on a computer monitor or other display and serves as an important communication tool for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or learning a second language.
CART provides a complete translation of all spoken words and environmental sounds for the benefit of an individual consumer or larger group in a variety of settings, including classrooms, courtrooms, religious services, conventions and conferences, personal appointments and meetings, civic events, cultural presentations, or anywhere communication access is needed.
A CART provider is a highly trained professional who possesses the advanced skills required to impartially, effectively, and accurately perform realtime translation.