(Contributed by Cara M, Rachel F.)

Technology: C-Print/CART

When it was invented: 1997

Inventor: C-print-created by National Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology [5], CART-Unknown

How it works: C-Print is a speech to text device. A captionist, types a professor’s lecture and other students comments on another computer or screen for the class to view. [2] CART (Captioning and Communication Access Real-time Translation) can be found on a tablet or laptop. They just click a provided link that they received from CART translator or already have on their devices. CART is functional when the internet is available. [1] The translators are required to pass the Registered Professional Reporter test in order to take the CART position and should have skilled typing speeds between 180 and 200 words per minute and at least 96% accuracy. [3]

Impact on the Deaf Community: C-Print technology is used for students who are deaf or hard of hearing and in mainstream classes who don’t know American Sign Language and won’t benefit from an interpreter. CART has helped the deaf and hard of hearing community be less isolated and more aware of spoken communication by translating words to texts and manuscript during business meetings, for movies, for television shows, and on the internet. [5]



Works Cited:

[1] Clark, Stephen H. “CART: Communication Access Realtime Translation Accommodating Clients Who Have a Hearing Loss.” LawPracticeToday, http://www.americanbar.org/content/newsletter/publications/law_practice_today_home/lpt-archives/july13/cart.html. Accessed 8 May 2017.

[2] “C-Print.” Northern Essex Community College, http://www.necc.mass.edu/academics/support-services/learning-accommodations/deaf-and-hard-of-hearing-services/student-resources/accommodations-tipsheets/c-print/. Accessed 8 May 2017.

[3] “Realtime Captioning and Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART).” Northern Virginia Resource Center, http://www.nvrc.org/interpreting-and-transliterating-services/cart/. Accessed 8 May 2017.

[4] “Real Time Captioning for Employment and Work Settings (Captioning and CART).” Accessible Technology Coalition, http://www.atcoalition.org/article/real-time-captioning-employment-and-work-settings-captioning-and-cart. Accessed 8 May 2017.

[5] “Training.” Rochester Institute of Technology, http://www.rit.edu/ntid/cprint/training. Accessed 8 May 2017.


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