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 professionals can use NCRA's CART captioners manual as a resource for detailed information about the profession.


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.



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