CART - Communication Access Real-time Translation

Communication Access Real-time Translation (CART) services capture the presenter's voice or other audio from the in-person or virtual classroom.

How CART Works

An on-site CART writer or a remote CART writer transcribes the material and provides the student with a visual display of the text on the student's laptop or other device while they are in the classroom. This allows the student to follow along and engage in the conversation as it is happening.

On-Site CART Writer (transcriber)

The transcriber would be in the classroom, along with the CART writer's equipment. The CART writer would be able to provide the student with a URL link to the real-time transcription so that the student can view the text during class.

Remote CART

The CART writer is located away from campus, usually in another state and has real-time access to the classroom audio/dialogue (via Zoom) to transcribe the material. The writer provides the student with the URL of the real-time transcription to view the text during class in 'real-time', with a slight delay of a few seconds, a little longer if the quality of speech or the audio connection is poor.

Arranging Services

Arranging CART services with on-site or remote CART providers takes time, so we need as much lead time and info in advance as possible, in order to be properly prepared once classes begin.

To request an accommodation for CART services, you must:

  1. Be registered with SAS and approved for CART.
  2. Submit a request for services in A11y. For instructions on how to submit a request, please visit Requesting Accommodations