Following the definition of NCRA, National Court Reporters Association:

 

Communications Access Realtime Translation (CART),

 

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) mandates the provision of reasonable accommodations for employees and “auxiliary aids and services” to ensure effective communication with people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

 

The National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) describes CART services as, “The instant translation of the spoken word into English text using a stenotype machine, notebook computer and realtime software.” The text produced by CART services can be displayed on an individual’s computer monitor or tablet, projected onto a screen, combined with a video presentation to appear as captions, or otherwise made available using other transmission and display systems.

 

CART provides a complete translation of all spoken words and, when possible, environmental sounds for the benefit of an individual or group in a variety of settings, including classrooms, courtrooms, religious services, conventions and conferences, personal appointments, civic events, cultural presentations, or anywhere else communication access is needed.