CART stands for Communication Access Real-time Translation, and refers to those reporters who provide real-time captioning services. Their role in the educational environment is to operate a computerized system, consisting of specialized software and hardware to convert what is spoken in the classroom into text on a computer screen. This includes keying (typing) what is said during lectures, questions, and other sound-based activities which take place in the classroom (e.g., laughter, door slam, etc.).
Generally, the CART provider will set-up beside the deaf or hard of hearing student so that the student can look between the laptop computer screen, situated on a desk between them, to the front of the classroom to attend to the professor and visual aids being used. Teaching staff will receive a package from our office, before classes begin, letting you know whether a student in your course will be using these services, and information about how to work with these services.