Arizona State University at the Downtown Phoenix campus
411 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004
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Sign language interpreting or computer assisted real-time translation (CART) services are provided for qualified deaf and hard of hearing students. Once students are registered with the Disability Resource Center (DRC), they may request services online or by meeting with their assigned disability professional and making the request in person. Additional resources are also available for students. e.g., FM systems and notetakers. Students should meet with their DRC professional discuss their individual needs.
The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf describes interpreting as "Sign Language/spoken English". Interpreters are highly skilled professionals who facilitate communication between hearing and Deaf or hard-of-hearing individuals. 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. Interpreters 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 in order to promote effective cross-cultural communications."
CART stands for communication access realtime translation and is a service is similar to captioning. CART provides those who are deaf and hard of hearing access to real-time communication. It is useful for deaf and hard of hearing individuals who cannot use interpreters or written English in a particular setting.
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