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Rhonda Taylor

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Rhonda's Story:

I am the proud mother of three wonderful children from my first marriage: ages 8, 13, and soon-to-be 16. With one in each level of schooling, elementary, middle, and high school, they certainly keep me busy! On St. Patrick's Day this year I married my soulmate. What a wonderful day God gave us: a very unseasonable sunny 77 degrees! I doubt we will ever see that again here in March in Michigan! In addition to being a wife and mother, I am also very active in my church and do my best to spend time in prayer and reading God's word each day for it is He who carries me through.

As long as I can remember, I had always wanted to be a nurse. All that changed when I was a senior in high school. A court reporting school visited my high school and gave a demonstration. I was absolutely intrigued by the machine and the profession. After my parents and I visited a local reporting firm and spoke to the owner, I enrolled at Cuyahoga Community College in Parma Heights, Ohio. In 1988 I graduated with an associate degree in applied science in court reporting. During my career, I have been driven to constantly improve my writing and do different things in the field of reporting. Since 1992, the majority of the work I have performed has been in realtime: depositions, court, arbitrations, church services, captioning, seminars, college & high school classes, and board meetings.

In 2003, after captioning for a little over a year, I was diagnosed with severe vasospastic disorder which was causing debilitating pain in my arms. Since that time, I have tried to adapt and explore other things I can do in the profession I love. In 2005 I opened TextStream Institute. There I enjoyed teaching and training numerous students and graduating several. Unfortunately due to the economy taking such a steep and prolonged decline, I had to eventually close the school. In the winter of 2011 I began taking CART assignments on a part-time basis. God has worked things in my life these last couple of years to allow me to finally find the perfect balance between family, home, church, and career. CART has been the only outlet in the reporting profession that has rewarded me with the ability to control my schedule, continue to use and challenge my skills within my physical limitations, and, most importantly, the experience of helping others who need and appreciate our services.

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Testimonial

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I am a graduate of Kendall College of Art and Design (BFA 2009). Since birth I have had severe-to-profound hearing loss, and I was raised orally. For years I managed to get along in the classroom with the use of hearing aids and lip-reading, but after struggling to keep up in an information intensive seminar class in college, I decided to research the services available to me as a student. With the help of the Student Disability office at Kendall I finally received CART. I was very happy to have Annette as a CART reporter for two classes. She always transcribed everything verbatim, even while dealing with some very fast paced professors. For the first time, I could focus my energies on learning what the teacher was saying. Annette was always on time, cheerful, and accommodating of my needs. Without fail, she sent me the edited transcript of the class discussion the next day, so I could review it while studying. It was a pleasure to have known Annette, and I would not hesitate to recommend her services to anyone.