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Interpreters/CART Writers

Interpreters and CART writers provide communication access to deaf and hard of hearing individuals:

  • Sign Language Interpreters translate spoken English into American Sign Language (ASL) and often work in teams.
  • CART writers are trained professionals who use a steno machine, translation software and a computer to translate spoken English into printed text.

Interpreters and CART writers:

  • follow a strict Code of Ethics that includes strict confidentiality of all student and course-related information;
  • will introduce themselves and answer any questions about their work that you may have;
  • will discuss seating and lighting arrangements with you and the deaf consumer, as necessary;
  • may request technical vocabulary or other preparatory information to provide the best services possible:
    • DRC will grant interpreters/CART writer access to class information posted D2L, by virtue of its relationship with D2L
    • DRC may be in touch to request access to other online course content on behalf of interpreters/CART writers;
  • can assist in translating films or videos shown in class if materials are not captioned. DRC will contact you about captioning audio-video course material and provide assistance in securing captioned media; and
  • will not provide service when the student is not in class

Working with an interpreter:

  • Speak directly to the student and not to the interpreter.
  • The interpreter may be several words or sentence behind you. Therefore, when you ask a question or take class comments, allow time for the interpreter to finish conveying information.
  • Interpreters work in teams to control for fatigue and support accuracy. While they are in different roles, both interpreters are working at all times.

Working with a Communication Access Real-Time (CART) writer:

  • CART writers send a copy of the lecture text to the student after each class.
  • The transcript is only for the deaf student and not shared with other class members. To review the transcript, contact DRC.

Additional Resources:

  • Access: The Fundamentals is an online introduction to hearing loss and accommodations made-up of seven modules that take approximately an hour to review. The information is developed by a federally funded grant, PEPNet, focused on increasing access to higher education for Deaf and hard of hearing student. Review requires a brief registration process.