ASL Interpreting for
Video Remote or Virtual
Video Remote Interpreting for the Deaf
Associated Interpreters for the Deaf provides quality Virtual or Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) for its customers on an as-needed basis. Types of virtual platforms include but are not limited to Zoom, Facetime, Cisco, Microsoft Teams, etc.
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What is a Virtual or Remote Sign Language Interpreter?
Remote sign language interpreting provides live, two-way video communication between participants in different locations. Videoconferencing equipment over a high-speed broadband connection is used to transmit both video and audio messages. This makes the experience feel as if all parties are in the same room. All participating locations must have a reliable internet connection as well as the proper equipment. A videophone or web camera, as well as a television or computer monitor, are needed so parties on both ends can hear and see each other. The sign language interpreter and deaf participants communicate visually through video transmission. The interpreter and hearing participants communicate audibly. Virtual interpreters and participants must be trained on the proper use of equipment and procedures.
Virtual vs. Onsite Interpreting
In a typical remote interpreting situation, the interpreter is working from a different location than the other parties. They often use either an office, home-based studio, or call center. This setup allows for more flexibility and can be more cost-effective for both the customer and the interpreter. If an onsite interpreter is unavailable or en route to the location, VRI provides quick access to communication. Virtual interpreting can be a valuable resource. However, it should not be used as a comprehensive replacement for onsite interpreting services. All parties involved should consent to its use.
Is Virtual Interpreting appropriate for my needs?
If you are looking for an interpreting solution that is convenient, efficient, and affordable, video remote interpreting for ASL may be the right choice for you. With this technology, you can enjoy the benefits of real-time interpreting without having to leave your office or home. However, there are many factors to consider before using Virtual Interpreting. Not all situations are conducive to Virtual Interpreting and would require an on-site interpreter.
Factors To Consider:
- Number of participants
- Room set up
- Background noise and distractions
- Location of participants in the room
- Movement during the session
Call: 239-810-9554 to discuss if Virtual Interpreting is right for you!