Jodie Eckard

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Jodie's Story:

When I was younger, my dad gave me a newspaper article about closed captioning. I was very intrigued, and I was able to contact the gal featured in the article and see her office. It was love at first sight with a steno machine. I did a little research about the field of court reporting and enrolled at AIB College of Business in Des Moines, Iowa.

I graduated from AIB in 2009 with a Closed Captioning/CART Real-Time Reporting degree. Before graduation, I was able to intern with a CART provider and closed captioners. Both were amazing experiences, and I couldn’t wait to enter the field and start my career.

I started out closed captioning for two years, and then decided to branch out into CART as well. It has been a great journey, and I feel blessed to have a career I enjoy and love. Having an opportunity to write breaking news and old re-runs of my favorite professional sports teams has been a great pleasure. Providing individuals with ears remotely has been delightful as well as educational. The consumers appreciate the services, and someday I hope to learn American Sign Language.




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.