Captioning & CART Services

Our live captioning services provide full and equal access for all participants and help ensure compliance with the ADA. PRI’s highly trained stenographers can attend in-person events or join your event remotely and provide instantaneous, accurate captioning. We can connect to a number of popular videoconference platforms including Zoom, Webex, Blackboard, Teams, and many others.

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Our Experience Will Benefit You & Your Participants

Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) and live captioning solutions can be essential for a person with hearing loss. This service provides an individual with full and equal access to meetings, classes, lectures, interviews, medical appointments, and many other settings.  CART and captioning can also be very beneficial to those whose first language is not English.

What the Process Looks Like

Captioning and CART are methods of speech-to-text translation. Both are accomplished by having an experienced court reporter or stenographer listening and taking down what is being said and transmitting the text feed to various formats of output for the person(s) in attendance. That may involve simply a personal laptop, an overhead projector (for a full room), or an encoder for captioning.

One of the First to Offer Live Captioning in Columbus

PRI provided the first full-time live captioning on TV in Ohio for WCMH-4 in 1990 and was also the first in the state to provide CART for a deaf student at Columbus State Community College in 1992. PRI has continued to offer this service for colleges throughout Ohio including The Ohio State University, Franklin University, Capital Law School, Columbus State Community College, Denison University, University of Cincinnati, Marion Technical College, and Ohio Dominican.

Drawing on our technical expertise, PRI has been able to seamlessly provide live captioning for remote events all over the country during COVID-19.

Primary Uses for CART and

Captioning Services:

Schools & Universities

Educational CART is an excellent tool for students of all ages.  This service can be provided in person or remotely, allowing the student to participate fully in their classes and ensuring they are receiving the same learning opportunities.

  • CART services are often provided for both students and instructors.  The student or instructor would view the live text translation on a laptop, tablet, or cellphone.  Any internet-based device would work.
  • Large-screen CART can be used in the classroom or meeting where the CART writer provides an overhead displaying the live text translation that can be viewed by everyone in the room.

Seminar & Event Captioning

(In-Person & Remote)
  • Training seminars
  • Office meetings
  • Conventions
  • Political events
  • Sporting events
  • Commencements
  • In-service meetings
  • Convocations

PRI can also provide integrated captioning and video on different platforms, working with your AV/tech team to get the result you’re looking for.

“The captions were very good. This is my first semester that I am approved for CART services and I am very excited. I have so much more energy after class when I am not constantly trying to figure out what the professor or classmates are saying. Thank you for all of your hard work.”

- Student in Columbus, Ohio

“PRI is our go-to for live captioning. They are quick, responsive, and the ultimate professionals. Not to mention their captions look sleek and better than anyone else’s!! They are always our first call!”

- Judy Craig, Hovercast

A Proud Partner of Local & Regional Organizations

We have partnered with many groups that trust our captioners & value our services. Here are just a few:

  • New Albany Foundation
  • Greater Columbus Arts Council
  • Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities
  • Wexner Center for the Arts
  • Columbus State Community College
  • University of Cincinnati
  • The Ohio State University
  • Hovercast

Are You Prepared For Your Next Event?

Download the Quick CART and Captioning Scheduling Checklist to help you make sure you have gathered all the details needed for scheduling your next CART or captioning event.

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