You All Start In CART Now, Right? Part I of III
By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved
Part I: An invitation to join friends (each working in college student services) for lunch with their colleagues began with introductions. I selected the restaurant, away from busy “spots” as many were new to this city.
While chewing my sandwich, a college disability coordinator, asked, “Monette, you’re a court reporter, right?” I nodded.
“Monette, you’ve provided CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation) a long time, right?”
I nodded, still chewing my food.
The third question was the stun-err-roo when a woman seated at our crowded table asked, “Monette, (long pause) all court reporters start in CART, right?”
I blinked hard and looked to my friends. They gave me a blank look, and I sensed this topic had already been discussed prior to this gathering.
I did not nod. I sipped my tea, tipped my head. Thinking. Thinking.
The professional then said, “All court reporters start in CART now, right? That’s where they get their training, so they can then go into court and get other good work, right? It’s a simple question.”
Oh, Lord! My simple lunch was now halted as each person awaited my reply.
I worked to not appear stunned.
I replied with a question – asking if each person is familiar with CART.
I was thinking how to answer a simple question that did not appear to be simple to the individuals waiting for my words.
And I felt they knew it was not a simple question, too, due to the manner it was asked, and the complete silence at the table.
“We want to know if this is where all court reporters now begin their work? It’s the place to start now, right?”
Again, I looked to my friends.
Not one person offered any words to assist me. Nope. I was clearly on my own.
Slowly, I shared, “Our realtime skills now afford court reporters, CART providers, and captioners multiple opportunities. Many professionals work in multiple venues. We are trained with specific skills, earn certifications, attend conventions …” No one was eating now.
Part I of III is posted September 1, 2012, on Monette’s Musings at www.monettebenoit.com and www.CRRbooks.com
Part II of III is posted September 17, 2012, on Monette’s Musings at www.monettebenoit.com and www.CRRbooks.com
Part II of III is posted September 29, 2012, on Monette’s Musings at www.monettebenoit.com and www.CRRbooks.com
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