Communication access real-time translation (CART) is a way to convert word-for-word transcription of speech to text during a presentation, show, or any live gatherings. CART is also called open captioning, real-time stenography, or real-time captioning (RTC).

RTC/CART is useful in a variety of settings including but not limited to:

  • Conferences
  • Classrooms
  • Courtrooms
  • Employment training or meetings
  • Religious services
  • Personal or civic events
A woman in bright red jacket speaks in the microphone while a stenographer works on the left. Real-time captioning is visible on a projected screen on the left.

Need Real-Time Captioning?

The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Center is able to provide CART services at a competitive rate. To learn more or to schedule CART services, please fill out our request form.

How RTC/CART works

A trained CART writer uses a stenotype machine, laptop, and special software to transcribe the spoken word into written English. They listen to the speaker and transcribes (by typing a special way) what is being said into written English. The text then shows up on a small or projected screen for the audience to see.

Types of RCT/CART Services

You can get an on-site or remote CART service. On-site means the CART writer is physically in the room with the speaker to provide this service.

The CART write is not a substitute for ASL interpreting. CART writers will not be able to translate ASL into English for non-ASL users.

Post-Event Transcripts

An additional benefit of CART is access to a transcript of the presentation after it is done. You can use this to the benefit of your business.

Special Note: Not Always A Fit

CART is not always appropriate for Deaf clients as some Deaf clients are more proficient in American Sign Language rather than English. Organizations should work with their Deaf and hard of hearing clients to ensure that communication and access is effective. Click here to learn more on how to work with your Deaf or hard of hearing client(s).