You All Start In CART Now, Right? Part II of III
By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved
Part I began: 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.
Part II: Then they began to share, “We have found that the CART individuals now providing CART for many colleges and universities are clearly learning how to.”
I did not ask the name of companies or individuals providing CART. This gathering was not a continuing education seminar. Nor did I want to miss the opportunity to share the wonderful services we do provide, 24/7.
I also did not ask the “visiting professionals” the questions I might have asked my friends.
I wanted to ask if they or their schools had gone with the lowest bid and was the work provided by individuals who have completed court reporting school.
I watched my friends who had invited me to this gathering. (They schedule CART for their students.)
I know that a few, perhaps, had been paying experienced CART providers and now are permitting students to provide CART to earn school credits.
Since that discussion was not tossed onto the table, I decided to avoid that scenario entirely – unless it was brought up.
In another forum or within a scheduled meeting, those questions questions – might have been appropriate. This was still the light, breezy lunch in a quiet location (their words) “to get away from work and work topics” – yet this was gifted to me.
Part of me wanted to say, “Okay. Bring it on. Let’s go there. Amplification? Microphones? Where? On professor? Near the student? Near the person hired to capture words for realtime display? Acoustics? Classroom or auditorium? Prep given to CART provider? CART provided over net? Using what? Have you ever asked the CART provider if they need anything to provide their services?”
Oh, I had questions.
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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