► What is Video Remote Interpreting (VRI)?
VRI is sign language interpretation provided remotely via video conferencing. Whether it is a doctor’s appointment, a staff meeting or students working on an out of classroom project, communication access is just a few clicks away!
► How does VRI work and what do I need to get started?
The American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter can view the Deaf person and voices their conversation. Additionally, the interpreter listens to the hearing person onsite and signs what is being said to the Deaf person. This continuous exchange allows for seamless communication. You will need a computer with a webcam or a tablet with a camera, an internet connection and an established account with ASL Interpreter Corps. The VRI connection is secure and HIPAA compliant.
► Why would I use VRI?
VRI provides fast and easy access to an interpreter. It also saves the cost of travel expenses, and two-hour minimums, which are typically included in an on-site interpreter’s fee. Unlike national VRI providers, ASL Interpreter Corps' interpreters are familiar with the local community, agencies, terminologies and current events.
► How are VRI interpreters scheduled?
VRI interpreters are booked as scheduled appointments or are available on-demand.
► Should I use VRI?
Often times, Deaf individuals have a preference of whether on-site or VRI interpreting is suitable for them and the nature of the appointment. ASL Interpreter Corps asks that you talk with the Deaf and hearing parties involved and see if VRI is an appropriate match for their needs. There are occasions that VRI is not appropriate due to the nature of the request, such as situations with high turn-taking exchanges, complex dialogue, involving people who are visually impaired or high risk medical and mental health settings.
What does VRI cost?
The VRI cost structure is different than ‘on-site’ interpreting services, as a per minute rate is used. Contact us for more information on pricing.
For more information on VRI check out RID’s standard practice paper.