The word “captions” is being used by many different industries with their own separate definitions and quality standards. To clarify, Caption Nerds proudly only offers stenographic CART captioners at this time. We have the steadfast belief that human cognition matters, and people that need/request captions deserve nothing less than a professionally trained human to deliver their captions.
Firstly, what are CART Captions? The Americans with Disabilities Act recognizes CART Captioning as an effective access to communication. The acronym CART stands for Communication Access Realtime Technology (CART) and is human made real-time captions created by trained stenographers.
Microsoft.com defines CART as: "Communication access real-time translation (CART) is a service in which a trained CART captioner listens to the speech and instantaneously translates all speech to text. The CART captioner uses a special phonetic keyboard or stenography methods to produce an accurate translation that is then broadcast to the recipients on a screen, laptop, or other device. CART is also sometimes called open captioning, real-time stenography, or real-time captioning."
This gold standard in captioning has been around since the 1980s. Stenographers pioneered speech-to-text captions before any other industry. Feel free to contact us to discuss in detail the benefits of CART captioners and why human cognition matters so much for equal access.
We are a small business proud to deliver big for you on your accommodations, accessibility, diversity equity and inclusion journeys. Owner/Operator Thomas Herman (he/him) uses the tried-and-true accuracy of stenographic captions, including cutting edge machines and software that allows delivery of accurate captions that are more cost efficient and easier for consumers to access. Also, being a small business enables lower overhead, which is passed on to customers; and also allows for meaningful business relationships.
Accessibility matters. Not only from a legal perspective, but from a humane and ethical standpoint, and it's good for business as well. Captioning can be done on-site or remotely.
Realtime captions (CART) are considered a reasonable accommodation and are helpful to millions of people such as the Deaf/HOH community, including late-deafened persons, aging persons, veterans, as well as people where English is a second language, children, and others. Reach more students, clients, customers, and colleagues with your message.
Professional CART Venues Include:
· Local, State, Federal Government
· Universities, Colleges, Technical Schools
· Workplace CART (presentations, meetings, and conference calls)
· Conferences, Seminars, and Trade Shows
· Town Halls, Local Public Events, Social Events and Mixers
· YouTube live streaming, Webinars, Online Events
· Performing Arts and Sporting Events
You’ve decided you need a CART provider, but how does it all work? It’s so easy for clients. Despite the general publics’ misconceptions, thanks inaccurate media, that stenographers have dated, large bulky machines with reams of paper flying around and unkept buns, today’s stenographers use steno machines with multiple hard drives, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, ergonomic keys, and cutting-edge software that can deploy captions quickly and easily.
Whether on-site or remote/hybrid, setting up captions on the client’s end is an easy, nominal process. There are multiple delivery methods, all of which are set up by your Caption Nerd with minimal asks from the client.
Options include stand-alone platforms created for disbursing captions that are as easy as opening a URL link on any device, or embedding captions into popular online platforms like Zoom, WebEx, Teams, and more. Usually, a host of an online meeting can assign the captioner with a few clicks, and we do the rest on our end.
On-site captions can be projected, overlaid on presentations, or subtly delivered to an individual's personal devices such as laptops or tablets.
Scheduling is easy too. Once your organization is onboarded, you will receive a preference sheet, and you can use our client portal to schedule us as needed, or if you prefer, you can e-mail the owner/operator directly.
See our About Us page for more information on our experience.
Maybe you're new to having a CART captions provider, or need to increase your vendor pool for coverage? Please feel free to contact us to discuss your needs via the "get in touch" or voice or text.
Miami, Florida 33132, United States
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) recognizes CART Captioning as an effective access to communication.