CART: Communication Access
Realtime Translation

Voice Print provides you with Realtime technology for creative solutions tailored to your individual Communication Access needs. 

● Realtime Communication Access Services turn spoken words into instant written text for individuals (or groups) that desire or require access.  The history of these types of services have been (and sadly, still are) sorely lacking in Philadelphia and surrounding areas. 

● The reporting professionals who perform Realtime Communication Access Services are also referred to by many names, some of which are:  Court Reporters, Stenographers, Stenos, Realtime Reporters, CART Providers, CART Writers, CART Reporters, Captioners, Captionists, Realtime Captioners, CART Captioners, Communication Access Realtime Specialists, and Realtime Writers -- just to name a few!

● Realtime Services are called by many names: Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART), Realtime Captioning, Realtime Communication Access Services, Realtime Access, etc. 

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● CART keeps your business in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  Under the ADA, CART is recognized as an assistive technology that affords effective communication access.

Capturing the spoken word in Realtime at all types of events – business meetings, brainstorming/roundtable discussions, focus groups, seminars, lectures, Q & A sessions, interviews, poetry readings, town meetings, (the possibilities are endless!) – not only fosters inclusion and keeps your event in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), but it increases the competitive offerings of your business while enhancing your outreach to multicultural audiences by providing improved communication and equal access to everyone.

The emailed transcript we provide allows everyone in attendance to really focus their undivided attention on what’s being said (increasing comprehension and memory) without the worry of having to take notes and potentially missing important content matter.

● CART engages all types of learners – especially visual learners and those learning English as a Second Language (ESL).

● CART meets the communication needs of many groups of people, for instance, those with diagnosed or undiagnosed, visible or invisible disabilities, including but not limited to:  Audio Processing Disorders (APD), Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), hearing loss, Dyslexia, Cultural or other communication barriers. Think beyond the ramp.

So How Does CART Work?

A highly-skilled Realtime Court Reporter takes a step further to become specially trained in Realtime Communication Access. They use a STENO machine and a laptop computer (same setup for television captioning) turning spoken words instantly to Realtime streaming text, while simultaneously creating an instant transcript for an individual or group in a variety of settings.

The reporter uses a phonetic-based language called STENO. It is the English language phonetically and syllabically represented on the keyboard of the STENO machine, which consists of 22 keys and a number bar.

Much like playing chords on a piano, multiple keys are pressed at the same time. Each depression of keys represents either the syllables in a word or an entire phrase. It is not like typing where you depress one key at a time, which represents single letters, one at a time. STENO represents whole syllables or whole phrases rather than letters one at a time. Each depression of keys is called an "outline". What the reporter does on the STENO machine is called "writing". Each correct outline the reporter "writes" on the STENO machine – sometimes at speeds over 225 words per minute!—each correct outline written is translated by the reporter's specialized software into English text using a special "dictionary" created by the reporter. This dictionary contains word parts, whole words, phrases, names, punctuation, and specialized entries used by the reporter during a Realtime session.