• What is CART (or speech-to-text service)?Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) is a word-for-word, speech-to-text, interpreting service for people with a hearing loss – or who would otherwise benefit from this accommodation. Unlike computerized note-taking or abbreviation systems, which summarize information for the consumer, CART provides a complete translation of all spoken words and environmental sounds, empowering consumers to decide for themselves what information is important to them.
  • How can I get CART for my child in school?Before considering CART in the classroom you need to think about he student’s preference for communication access. A good way to determine if CART (ot some other speech-to-text service) is right for your child is to ask for a six week trial. There are several different speech-to-text services available:
    • Steno Based (CART)
    • Laptop-to-Laptop (text interpreting)
      • C-Print
      • TypeWell

    For a complete review of the different types of speech-to-tect services, see A Guide to Speech-to-Text Services in the Postsecondary Environment.

  • How can I get CART for my child in college?Have your student’s disability history well documented. Have your student’s itinerant teacher or case manager prepare a detailed list of all accommodations used in high school. Familiarize yourself with the law as it applies to your requests for accommodations. Also, get in contact with colleges that provide that service and ask lots of questionsabout how they provide it. If you choose a college that hs no experience with accommodating hearing loss it may be an uphill battle. You may want to consult with a lawyer to get the accommodations up and running.

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