Arizona State University provides sign language interpreting or computer assisted real-time translation (CART) services for qualified deaf and heard of hearing students. Once students are registered with the Disability Resource Center (DRC), they may request services online or by meeting with their Disability Access Consultant (DAC) and making the request in person. Additional resources are available for students such as FM systems and notetakers. Students should meet with their DAC to discuss their individual needs.
The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf describes interpreting as "Sign Language/spoken English interpreters are highly skilled professionals that facilitate communication between hearing individuals and the Deaf or hard-of-hearing. They are a crucial communication tool utilized by all people involved in a communication setting. Interpreters must be able to listen to another person's words, inflections and intent and simultaneously render them into the visual language of signs using the mode of communication preferred by the deaf consumer. The interpreter must also be able to comprehend the signs, inflections and intent of the deaf consumer and simultaneously speak them in articulate, appropriate English. They must understand the cultures in which they work and apply that knowledge to promote effective cross-cultural communications."
CART stands for communication access realtime translation. The service is similar to captioning. CART provides those who are deaf and hard of hearing access to the spoken word. It is useful for those who are deaf and hard of hearing that cannot use interpreters or written English is a more reasonable accommodation for them in that setting.
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