Definition: CART is Communication Access Real-time Translation (CART) converts the spoken word into instant text by court reporters.
This court reporting service is generally for hard of hearing persons not familiar with American Sign Language (ASL) that need spoken words translated into printed English in a real-time format. The court reporting steno software is also being recorded in real-time with a USB court reporter microphone.
Court reporting CART practitioners work in courtrooms, classrooms, at performances, for seminars or corporate presentations.
The real-time text can be shown on numerous state-of-the-art display devices, including: laptop screen, remote devices like cell phones and iPads, stadium screens, television screen, LCD projection screen, or LED message display signs. These display options offer the ultimate in flexibility, from a laptop for a single student to a large LED display sign for thousands at once. Most of the court reporters are using a back up digital recorder from Martel Electronics.
New Professional opportunities for Court Reporters
CART Captioning is an exciting field for court reporters who can also provide the capability to provide services from an off-site location. These CART practitioners typically work from home and receive their audio feed from numerous VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) resources and telephone lines. This is called "Remote CART."
New information that every Court Reporter needs to know
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) mandates the provision of reasonable accommodations for employees and “auxiliary aids and services” to ensure effective communication with people who are deaf or hard of hearing. The U.S. Department of Justice regulations for ADA Title II (state and local governments) and ADA Title III (public accommodations) define the term “auxiliary aids and services” comprehensively: