CART (Computer Access Real-time Translation)

Computer Access Real-time Translation (CART) services is the expertise of Computer-Aided Interpretation, LLC. CART services are a form of assistive technology that affords effective communication access. CART services were first used in 1996 by a Louisiana University in order to provide a student with a hearing disability with access to classroom lectures. Today, CART services are provided in numerous universities across the country and Austria.  Computer-Aided Interpretation, LLC currently provides CART services in numerous institutions of higher education.

How does CART Service work?

A trained captionist attends classes with the student who needs the services. A laptop computer is set up in front of the student. The laptop is connected to a steno machine. As the professor speaks, the captionist types word sounds into the steno machine. This information is transported to the laptop and shows up as a written word for word translation of what the professor has said.

Following class, students can receive a copy of the class transcripts to use as notes for studying. CART services are recognized by disability organizations as an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodation and are currently being provided to:

  • Students who are deaf or hard of hearing
  • Students with learning disabilities who benefit from receiving information multi-sensory (auditory and visual)
  • Students with visual impairments who can benefit from having class notes in electronic format (on disk) to later use in their personal computers with screen readers
  • Students with mobility impairments who are unable to physically take class notes
  • Students with Attention Deficit Disorder who may miss some classroom information