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Remote Captioning

Remote CART is now available for use with your wireless devices

What is Remote CART and Captioning?

Remote captioning on the internet is just what you might imagine:  a captioner is in a remote location and, while receiving the audio feed, is providing captioning (streaming text) along with the video image being broadcast over the internet.   

Remote CART differs from remote captioning because, unlike captioning a webcast or streaming video on the internet, the CART reporter is providing only streaming text while receiving the audio feed.  The audio feed of a meeting or lecture is being transmitted by use of a microphone utilized by the speaker(s)  which is transmitted through a phone line to the captioner.  Telephone enhancement equipment is often used to improve the sound quality.  The instantaneous translation of what the captioner/CART reporter hears is then transmitted to a consumer's laptop computer through a modem or at a special website on the Internet.  New advancements in technology now allow you to receive streaming text on handheld devices, pocket pc's and cell phones depending on the ability of the device and your wireless service.

What is Captioning and CART? 

CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation) is the instantaneous translation of the spoken word into English text using a stenotype machine, notebook computer and realtime software and displaying the text on a laptop computer, monitor or screen.  Our personal CART service is often provided in classroom settings for a deaf or hard-of-hearing student or for use by one to two people in a meeting, and group CART services display the text on a large monitor or screen.  The text displayed includes identification of the speaker, when known, the dialogue and, where possible, a description of sounds.

CART has historically been thought of as a service primarily for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals but has been found to be the service of choice for anyone physically unable to take notes or unable to concentrate on classroom work and take notes at the same time, such as individuals with CAPD (Central Auditory Processing Disorder).

CART is now available remotely, which means that your CART provider is in a remote location from you, listening to what is being said at your location, while you are able to view the instantaneous streaming text on your computer, handheld device or cell phone depending on the ability of your particular device.  Wireless technology now allows you to receive this service just about anywhere.

     Levels of Service

            Personal CART 

Serving one client with a laptop computer.  Personal CART service is  requested by many students who customarily engage the services of an ASL interpreter but prefer the CART service because of the legacy created in the form of a text file.  Many colleges allow the student to receive the notes in a text file format to be used as a study guide or assist with notetaking and review of the lecture.  This service is an obvious choice for late-deafened, hard-of-hearing and other individuals with little or no knowledge of American Sign Language.  Additionally, individuals with central auditory processing or neurological disorders benefit greatly by receiving CART for the purpose of verbatim notetaking, the text file of which may be reviewed later as reinforcement to the class session or lecture.

           Small CART             

Serving one to five clients with laptops or small monitors.

           Group CART 

Serving a large group with projected text.  The group CART level of service requires a more experienced stenocaptioner and the use of an LCD projector or other laptop projection devices.

Captioning, although sometimes used interchangeably with CART, is the display of text with video, either live or created post-production.  Our company is not presently providing captioning services for live broadcast television programs.  CART stenocaptioning utilizes some of the same equipment as television captioning but requires different technical support and devices.  

Every level of service and display requires different technical devices and skill, each with its unique fee.  So that we may tailor our services to meet your needs, please contact us by e-mail or phone to discuss our fee structure.

Key Benefits

Provide communication access to deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals to be in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (1990).

Ease the burden and strain of hearing for individuals who are hard of hearing or wear assistive listening devices.  Often the acoustics of a room and background noise make it difficult, if not impossible, to hear effectively.  Additionally, many more people with unacknowledged hearing loss are served by this service.

Request for Services

If you would like to request CART or stenocaptioning services, kindly contact us via e-mail.  Please indicate  the level of service needed, the setting, the number of people to be served, the dates and times and we will respond to your request immediately.

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