What is CART?
Over 30 million Americans have significant hearing loss. While the use of sign language is common, many people who are deaf or hard of hearing rely on English to communicate. The development of broadcast captioning opened the world of television news and entertainment to people who are deaf or hard of hearing. But that new technology was left behind in their living rooms when they ventured out into their communities.
Now there is realtime Internet captioning to take communication access wherever it is needed. Communication Access Realtime Translation [CART] providers offer realtime captioning at events like religious services, conventions, business meetings, public hearings, or in classrooms.
Trained as stenographic reporters, CART providers are able to type the words of a sermon, seminar, testimony or lecture on steno machines. The stenographic notes are translated instantly into word-for-word text on a computer screen and then simultaneously streamed seamlessly over the Internet to the consumer’s computer screen.
CART not only allows people with hearing loss to understand what is being said, but also to understand the interaction within an environment, such as a question from a student to a professor or jokes or environmental sounds such as cell phones ringing and laughter at the back of the room. This allows the individual who is deaf or hard of hearing to be an active participant rather than just a silent observer.
Where can CART be provided?
Anywhere! Truly, imagine it – anywhere. Captions Unlimited and its team of writers around the nation provide on-site CART and captioning for all environments. We also provide CART and captioning services remotely, through the Internet, in any location around the world. If we can hear the content, and there is an Internet connection, our CART system will work seamlessly in any venue. We have captioned to places as far away as India, China, Istanbul and Russia.
Remote CART: It’s Easy!
There are three essential items that help provide for a successful remote experience.
After the event is scheduled, the student clicks on an Internet hyperlink and is directed to a website where the text will be streamed simultaneously with the words spoken. The audio is sent in many different ways. Each classroom is different depending on size and configuration of the room. Audio can be sent over a telephone, utilizing a telephone coupler and a PA system or wireless microphone. Audio can also be sent over the Internet using Internet telephony. Simply download Skype, Yahoo or AOL Instant Messenger or Google Talk and plug an FM System into the computer. An Internet telephone call is made to the captioner. The captioner listens to the audio over the Internet while simultaneously streaming the words he/she hears back over the Internet to the student’s computer. A transcript is then available for download within 24 hours.
Captions Unlimited brings the concept of broadcast captioning to the Internet world by seamlessly integrating realtime text with other streaming media. We have perfected the concept of captioning live at a convention or seminar session and then streaming the same text out onto the web simultaneously. We are also experts at sending text to an encoder to your on-site facility and stream that same content simultaneously to the web.
Audio and video presentations featuring live news events, seminars, conventions, shareholder meetings, broadcast interviews, legislative meetings and the like are becoming ever more feasible over the Internet with today’s lower bandwidth capabilities. Many organizations utilize this service so that members who otherwise could not attend in person can benefit from the information being presented. You can now meet ADA requirements by providing access to persons with disabilities. Transcripts are available for archiving and searching.
Streaming text can be performed live or after the fact. Set up a demo today and see this marvelous technology come to life for you and your organization. A demonstration of our captioning service can be set up in minutes via the Internet.
We can turn your transcripts into captioned files quickly and economically. We can also transcribe your audio/video and provide a transcript and/or caption file.
Whether you need captions for your YouTube video, a Microsoft Word transcript, or both a transcript and a caption file, our price is the same whether you need one file type or multiple file types.
24-hour turnaround services are available.
Many television producers use our timestamped transcripts as a tool to expedite their editing process. For example, they can shoot three hours of footage and use our timestamped transcript to find the video timecodes. This allows them to quickly search video clips and create a half-hour show.