Video Remote Interpreting
Alyson Boote
SignOn, Inc.
SignOn: A Sign Language Interpreting Resource, Inc.
VRI: What is it?
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The Basics
VRI or VRS?
Equipment requirements
Applications of VRI
Challenges to VRI
Benefits
Cost
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Video Remote Interpreting
2 people in same location.
They don’t share the same language.
(spoken and signed languages alike)
They need an interpreter.
Interpreter appears on screen from a remote
location.
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Video Remote Interpreting
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Video Remote Interpreting (VRI)
is a substitute for an on-site interpreter
Deaf/Hearing Participant in same room,
Interpreter is remote
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But wait… what’s VRS then?
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Video Relay Service is for telephonic
communication, an accommodation for
Deaf/HoH people to use telephone.
Deaf/Hearing Participant in different
locations.
DEAF CALLER
VRS INTERPRETER
HEARING CALLER
Review: VRI or VRS?
VRI
 Parties in same room,
interpreter is remote
 Substitute for on-site
interpreter
 Unregulated
 Funded by requestor
VRS
 Parties in separate
locations
 Accommodation for
Deaf/HoH for telephone
 Regulated by FCC
 Funded by tax payers
SignOn: A Sign Language Interpreting Resource, Inc.
What you need: Equipment
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Screen
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Computer
Mobile device
Television
Videophone
Webcam
Microphone/Speakers
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What You Need: Internet
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Bandwidth
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Internet speed of 2 Mbps (up/down) preferred
WiFi
4G Cellular signals
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Applications of VRI
Legal Hearings
Post Secondary Ed
Medical
Government/Business
Staff Meetings
One on One Meetings
Trainings
Last minute appointments
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Challenges to VRI
It is important to evaluate the appropriateness
of any situation where VRI might be used. Not
all situations are appropriate, but sometimes a
video interpreter is better than no interpreter at
all.
 Will VRI interpreter be more qualified than a
local interpreter?
 Will client go without any communication
access if VRI is not offered?
SignOn: A Sign Language Interpreting Resource, Inc.
Challenges to VRI
Evaluate the appropriateness for situations
involving:
 Children
 Mental Health
 Court Settings with deaf client providing
testimony
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Benefits of VRI
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Inclusion via communication access
Interpreter present when physically
impossible
Includes rural as well as city areas
Cost Savings
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Cost of Service
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Onsite Interpreting
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2 hour minimum charges
Travel Time
48 hour cancelations
Video Remote Interpreting
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Simple rate structure (per minute, some hourly)
No travel
24 hour cancelation
Available on short notice
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Using Video Remote Interpreting (VRI)