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IR to Provide Remote CART Services at CACUSS 2017 in Ottawa

All of us here at IR are getting excited that we will be providing Remote CART Services for the main sessions at the CACUSS Conference in Ottawa. This year the conference is being held June 11 to June 14, 2017. We’re also looking forward to being a Bronze Sponsor this year and reaching out to more of the attendees.

How Will CART Services Help?

Remote CART Services - People Listing During MeetingBy providing CART Services at the main sessions, the message being delivered by the keynote speakers will be read by everyone. And if you know our tagline –  It Has To Be Seen To Be Heard!  – then you can appreciate it that much more.

As always the keynote speakers will be shown on a large screen. This year, so will the live text of what they are saying. EVERY person in the audience will be able to follow along with what the speaker is saying or pick up on any words that they may have missed. In having CART services available at these sessions, even people with no hearing loss will benefit. How? Having the captioned text in addition to the audio will help to make the points being delivered by the speaker more succinct and allow for better comprehension by all. And for those that are in attendance and have a hearing loss, they will be able to follow along that much easier.

Staff from IR Broadcast Captioning will be attending at the Exhibition Hall. What better way to learn how Remote CART Services can work for your institution by not only seeing it live at the plenary sessions, but then also stopping by and visiting with us. We’re there to make sure that everyone has a solid understanding of the services we provide and how it can benefit hard-of-hearing students at your schools.

IR has been providing CART services since 1992. We know a thing or two about  making sure all the pieces are in place to help your hearing impaired students succeed! Learn more about the Remote CART Services we provide here.  Or you can visit our Contact Page to send a message or call.


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CACUSS Conference 2016

This year the CACUSS Conference goes to Winnipeg, and so does IR Broadcast Captioning, IR. From June 19 to 22, 2016, the conference brings together individuals who work in Canadian post-secondary institutions in student affairs and services.  The overall purpose of attending this conference is to help those at the institutions go back and be able to provide enhanced services to the students they serve.

This is also key for IR. As a service provider for students with hearing impairments, introducing attendees to just how simple Remote CART and Classroom Captioning is will be the main focus for our team. One of the biggest issues facing disability offices today is the lack of interpreters that are readily available.  In major centres this may be less of an issue, but smaller centres find it very difficult to provide services to students that require an interpreter. The second thing to consider is not every student uses a sign language interpreter, specifically late-deafened students.

That’s where IR’s Remote CART and Classroom Captioning is very beneficial. Being remote, we can easily provide easily manageable solutions for Disability Offices in ensuring the needs of the student are met.

If you are in Winnipeg for CACUSS, stop by and talk to us. If you won’t be attending, contact us and we can let you know how our services can make your planning next semester that much easier.


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What Is Classroom Captioning?

This is our current question from some inquiries that we have had, Just what exactly is classroom captioning?

Simply put, classroom captioning is a realtime text display service that allows deaf or hard-of-hearing students to read what a teacher, instructor, or professor is teaching to the students in a classroom or lecture environment on a laptop or portable device. This allows for the student to participate in the same fashion as every other student in the classroom.

OK, great, but just how does this work? How does this realtime text get put on the screen for the student to read? For that part there are a few options available. The most reliable service in place today is to utilize a trained CART writer to provide this service. A CART writer is a trained court reporter that now specializes in educational or other related areas. CART writers/court reporters can write at speeds over 225 words per minute (wpm) with accuracy of 98.5% for extended periods of time. The average speed of conversation is about 200 wpm, but that can be even quicker in a lot of cases. Having the ability to have someone take down the live conversation at these speeds with only a delay of a few seconds is crucial to a student to follow along at the same pace as everyone else.

Watch our YouTube video to see more on how our Classroom Captioning/Remote CART Services work from start to finish.

So what about voice recognition? Yes, this does exist, but the general translation speed of voice recognition systems in a perfect environment are generally in the range of 175 wpm with a lower accuracy. Another factor with voice recognition is how quick the realtime is displayed for the user. Doing the simple math, if a professor is talking at 225 wpm and the voice recognition software is delivering text at 175 wpm, over time you will have more and more lag and delay to what the student is reading – not good! Also, keep in mind this speed is attained in a controlled environment with perfect audio levels, trained recognition software, and no external noise. And, when was the last time that you had this happen in a classroom? Rarely…

Which leads us back to why a CART writer is your best option for classroom captioning. Having a real person taking down the instruction of a teacher and filtering out background noise to deliver only what the student needs to hear is the most important part to providing reliable and consistent services to the end user. No other service available today can provide the level of accuracy, quality, and reliability as Remote CART Services. And, the option of having the text of the file delivered to the student after their class is an added bonus. This allows the realtime text file that they just viewed to be part of their notes for review and study purposes.

Learn more about the Classroom Captioning and Remote CART Services by contacting us for a live demonstration or to discuss the exact details of your service requirements.


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Remote Classroom CART Services and closed captioning services from one source…

Remote CART Services

IR Broadcast Captioning offers solutions to schools and companies that provides full access for your hard-of-hearing or deaf attendees. IR’s remote CART services provide complete access for classroom or meeting settings. Easy to use and setup, our remote CART services provides a simple solution to provide realtime text services in almost any environment.

Remote CART services by IR will easily help you to meet ADA requirements. Click here for more…

Closed Captioning Services

IR Broadcast Captioning can provide full services for any of your closed captioning requirements. With experience in every area of broadcast captioning, including realtime and off-line captioning services, IR will ensure your program is professionally captioned.

Captioning services by IR include realtime captioning for live broadcasts, such as news and sports captioning. Our off-line captioning services can be utilized for other productions, such as documentaries and series programming. Click here for more…