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Resource Name: Communications Access Information Center

Associated Organization: National Court Reporters Association

Country of Origin: USA

Address : 8224 Old Courthouse Road

City: Vienna

State or Province:  VA

Zip or Mail Code: 22182

Telephone: 703-556-6272

TTY: 703-556-6289

FAX: 703-556-6291

Email: msic@ncrahq.org

Site Summary: two people working The primary purpose of the Communication Access Information Center is to provide information of use to people employing or in need of Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART), also known as realtime captioning. The site is sponsored by the National Court Reporters Foundation and supported by the National Court Reporters Association's CART Task Force.

What Exactly Is CART?

Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) 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. This technology is primarily used by people who are late-deafened, oral deaf, hard-of-hearing, or have cochlear implants. Culturally deaf individuals also make use of CART in certain situations. Please keep in mind that CART is also often referred to as realtime captioning.

The Americans with Disabilities Act specifically recognized CART as an assistive technology which affords "effective communication access." Thus communication access more aptly describes a CART provider's role and distinguishes CART from realtime reporting in a traditional litigation setting.

Communication Access Realtime Translation is an evolving and maturing profession, and the available technology associated with CART is rapidly advancing. Consequently, the information and guidelines listed here will be updated from time to time. Please check in often.

Quoted from the Web Site

Disability Association(s): Deafness and Hearing Impairments

Internet Location: http://www.CARTinfo.org

Internet Resource Type: Web Site

Resource Type: Deaf and Hard of Hearing Resource, Assistive Technology Resource





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