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About CART

CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation) is the instant translation of the spoken word into English text using a stenotype machine, notebook computer, and realtime software. The text appears on a computer monitor or other display. People who are hard of hearing or who are learning English as a second language primarily use this technology.

The Americans with Disabilities Act

The Americans with Disabilities Act specifically recognized CART as an assistive technology that affords effective communication access. Communication access more aptly describes a CART captioner’s role and distinguishes CART from realtime reporting in a traditional litigation setting.

CART marketing brochure

Are you looking for a tool to help explain CART to potential consumers? Or to those who will decide if the service will be provided? NCRA’s marketing brochure, “CART: Providing equal access to people who are deaf or hard of hearing,” offers a brief definition of CART, the many environments where it can prove effective, the benefits of employing this communication-access service, and where to go for more information.

Access the CART captioner’s manual




CART for Consumers

The demand for CART has grown tremendously in the last few years, driven primarily by the Americans with Disabilities Act, which recognizes CART as an assistive technology that affords “effective communication access.” Unfortunately, many times the institutions, organizations and companies that are required to ensure communication access for people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing don’t understand the benefits of CART or how to obtain it.

As a result, NCRA has introduced the website that provides information regarding CART specifically for CART consumers and those who decide whether or not the service will be provided.


For additional information or comments, please contact NCRA