Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) is a process of converting speech into text through a third party (CART writer). A trained CART writer or stenographer uses a keyboard or stenographic machine to transcribe spoken speech into written text, which is then transmitted onto a computer monitor or video screen for viewing. Many captioning services offer remote CART and internet captioning where the CART writer is not physically present at the event, but can listen-in through a telephone line.
CART services are often used for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing during small and large group communication situations when verbatim conversation is essential to effective communication. It is typically the employer’s responsibility to hire and pay for CART services for work-related communication.