Real-Time Captioning (Communication Access RealtimeTranslation, CART) Services fall under the U.S. Department of Justice regulations for auxiliary aids and services, and The Americans with DisabilitiesAct specifically recognizes CART as an assistive technology.
Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) is a word-for-word speech-to-text interpreting service for people who need communication access. Unlike computerized note taking or abbreviation systems, which summarize information for consumers, CART provides a complete translation of all spoken words and environmental sounds versus a summary of information, empowering consumers to decide what information is important to them. CART benefits a large audience of people. Consumers include Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing people, people who are late-deafened, oral deaf people, people who use cochlear implants, individuals with cognitive or motor challenges, anyone desiring to improve reading/language skills, those with other communication barriers, and as a general use at conferences.