CART is a word-for-word speech-to-text interpreting service for people who need communication access. CART consumers include people with hearing loss, individuals with cognitive or motor challenges, and those with other communication barriers. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) specifically recognizes CART as an assistive technology that affords effective communication access.
A CART provider uses a computerized steno machine, notebook computer and real-time software to render speech-to-text translation on a computer monitor for the benefit of an individual consumer or larger group in a variety of settings. A CART provider has had training in conveying a speaker’s message, complete with environmental need cues, and is sensitive to the varying needs of consumers, including organizations such as Hearing Loss Association of America, Self Help of Hard of Hearing (SHHH) of Delaware and the Association of Late-Deafened Adults (ALDA).