CART: A System That Works for Nearly Everyone With Hearing Loss


Most of us have been at events with a sign-language interpreter, but how many have ever seen a CART screen?

CART, which stands for “communication access real time translation,” provides instantaneous captions for what is being said. It’s also one of the best-kept secrets in the hearing loss world.

Universal Design (UD) is an approach to design that increases the potential for developing a better quality of life for a wide range of individuals. It is a design process that enables and empowers a diverse population by improving human performance, health and wellness, and social participation (Steinfeld and Maisel, 2012). It creates products, systems, and environments to be as usable as possible by as many people as possible regardless of age, ability or situation.