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Remote CART and VRI: What We Learned On the Road to Success

| Proposal No: 844

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Speaker(s)

  • Dean Brusnighan, Assistive Technology Specialist, Purdue University
  • David Schwarte, Assistive Technology Specialist, Purdue University

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Length of Session (in hours): 1-hrFormat: Lecture Expertise Level: All Levels Type of session: Not provided

Summary of Session

Initially, we had little success with remote CART and VRI on our campus. In this session, we will share our problem-solving approach and what we have learned through tests we completed. We will explain how we successfully used an iPad for both remote CART and VRI.

Abstract

Has your institution tried remote Communication Access Real-time Translation (CART) or Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) without success? Ours has too. Initially, we had little success with remote CART and VRI on our campus. In this session, remote CART and VRI will be described, and our problem-solving approach will be explained. The challenges in using these services on a large campus are identified. We will describe a hardware change that started us on the road to success. We purchased a quality wireless microphone to use in these tests. We will identify the microphone and share the outstanding feedback received about the clarity in the classroom. We will explain how we successfully used an iPad for both remote CART and VRI.

Kepoints

  1. A dropped connection isn’t always due to a poor signal.
  2. A quality wireless microphone will save trouble in the long run.
  3. An iPad can be used successfully for remote CART and VRI.

Speaker Bio(s)

Dean Brusnighan

Dean Brusnighan is an Assistive Technology Specialist on Purdue University’s West Lafayette campus. His primary focus is on long-term and campus-wide IT accessibility needs. He consults with faculty and staff, and provides training on creating inclusive instructional materials. Dean advocates for improved accessibility policy and practice. He is also an active member of the Big Ten Academic Alliance IT Accessibility Group.

David Schwarte

David Schwarte works as an Assistive Technology Specialist for Purdue University’s Assistive Technology Center, which is an element of Information Technology at Purdue. He consults with the Purdue University Disability Resource Center, in order to provide up-to-date assistive technology to the students. Similarly, he consults with the university’s Human Resource Department in order to better provide assistive technology to the university and its staff. He is an active member of the Web Accessibility Committee.

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