National Court Reporting and Captioning Week is February 16-22, 2014

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Caption writers do wonderful work to help better the lives for millions of Americans who are deaf and hard-of-hearing by providing captioning in real-time for live sporting and theater events, church services, movie houses, and many other venues.

Did you know:

  • Capturing the record of important proceedings dates back to the fourth century B.C.
  • The ampersand (&) is one of the earliest forms of shorthand.
  • There are official court reporters that are employees of the court, freelance court reporters, broadcast caption writers, and CART caption writers — Communications Access Realtime Translation – (often employed in classroom settings to assist students who are deaf and hard-of-hearing).
  • In an emergency situation, broadcast caption writers can provide vital information to 48 million Americans who are deaf and hard of hearing.
  • Court reporters and caption writers use cutting edge technology to bring the spoken word accurately to text in real time.
  • The U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics considers court reporting a career that will have an increasingly high demand for jobs well into the future and estimates a growth rate of 14 percent between now and 2020.
  • Annual salaries of court reporters and caption writers can reach upwards of $80,000.
  • Court reporting and captioning does not require a traditional four-year degree, so students of this career choice are often out in the workforce quicker than their collegiate counterparts.

For a free demonstration of how caption writers can make your organization’s meetings, conference calls, training classes, and web-based meetings accessible to persons who are deaf and hard-of-hearing, please send an email message to

For more information, please visit the National Court Reporters’ Association website, and for more information.

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