The Collaborative for Communication Access via Captioning just released the results of their survey on the importance of CART in the lives of people with hearing loss. It's a really good read, and I encourage people especially to look at the testimonials quoted at the bottom of the survey. Some really excellent and eloquent stuff here. A very small sampling:
"It is the single most important thing anyone can do to help aid communication and equally understanding. With both of those things covered everyone benefits and the speaker retains an audience fully."
"I used to stay home rather than pretend to be involved in an event or take a course or seminar. With CART, I can attend, understand, and contribute to a discussion with less fear that I’ve missed a crucial point or even have the topic confused. It gives me more confidence that I’m understanding new information."
"It is the single most important thing anyone can do to help people follow audio communication. Any time it is made available I’ve noticed almost everyone in an audience will make use of it (hearing or deaf), whether they admit to it or not is a different thing."
"I used CART for college. I never realized how much I missed in classes until I started using CART. Now I use it for all training events and classes."
Thanks to the CCAC for conducting the survey. It's so important to listen to the opinions of the people we work for, and really gratifying to learn how dramatic an impact CART can have on a Deaf, deafened, or hard of hearing person's life.