Computer Aided Realtime Translation
CART combines the court reporter’s stenography machine, special
translation software and a notebook computer to almost instantly
display the spoken word so that people with hearing loss can fully
participate in a variety of settings by reading the computer screen
as the session is occurring. (When more than one deaf or hard of
hearing person is in need of this service, a television monitor
is provided with a readable text at the bottom of the screen. This
service is called Captioning.) CART and Captioning Services can
be used for conferences, classes, workshops or any other large gathering.
CART/ Captioning services are for people who are fully competent
in English, both written and oral, and who either are not able to
use ASL interpreters or sign language transliterators or do not
choose to do so in a particular situation. In general, persons who
choose to use CART service are people who have lost their hearing
as adults, oral deaf persons and some hard of hearing persons.
VIRS handles requests for CART services as needed and appropriate.