CART, also known as Real-Time Captioning, which is an application of technology that has been used by court reporters for many years, involves the use of a trained stenographer, known as a CART Reporter, who transcribes spoken communication, such as lectures and discussion, into conventional written English verbatim using specialized equipment and software.
The DPRC coordinates the hiring of qualified CART Reporters to work with Deaf and hard-of-hearing students who will follow the lecture and other spoken communication in text format on a laptop computer screen or other display device for both academic and non-academic purposes.
Academic purposes include, but are not limited to:
- Classroom lectures
- Classroom required activities
- Student/Professor meetings
Non-academic purposes include, but are not limited to:
- Campus activities
- University-sponsored activities
In general, CART works best for Deaf and hard-of-hearing students who do not use sign language as their primary mode of communication.
Information is available on how to work effectively with CART Reporters for academic and non-academic purposes.