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Unlocking Accessibility for the Deaf Community: The Benefits of Video Remote Interpreting ASL

At Cal Interpreting & Translations, we believe everyone has the right to good communication. We recognize that Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals may face many challenges in their daily lives due to communication barriers. We strive to break those barriers by providing communication solutions to empower the deaf community and enhance their quality of life.

A viable option to address these barriers is Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) for American Sign Language (ASL), which remotely provides on-demand sign language interpreting services. VRI can enhance accessibility, minimize expenses, and save time on interpreting services.

What Is Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) ASL?

Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) is a type of remote interpreting service that leverages video conferencing technology to connect Deaf individuals with American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters who are in different locations. It facilitates communication between the Deaf or Hard of Hearing individuals and those who are not proficient in American Sign Language.

VRI ASL provides access to a skilled ASL interpreter on demand via devices such as computers, tablets, or smartphones, enabling effective communication in real time.

Benefits of Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) ASL

Increased Accessibility

VRI ASL service can be accessed from any location with an internet connection.


Available on demand 24/7 and can be easily accessed from a range of devices you may already own. Easy to schedule, reschedule, dates and locations. It can be set up quickly in urgent or short notice situations.


VRI ASL can be used in a wide range of situations, from medical appointments to business meetings to educational settings. A qualified interpreter will be matched according to your specific needs.

Real Time Communication

Communicate through a sign language interpreter in real time, allowing for fluid and seamless messaging.

Saves Time

VRI service provides quick and easy access to certified and experienced ASL interpreters reducing the wait times associated with on-site interpreters (such as travel time and travel delays).


VRI service offers cost savings for clients as there are no travel expenses or additional costs associated with on-site interpreting services.

When Should VRI Not Be Used?

While VRI is a valuable tool, it may not be appropriate for all situations. In settings where communication may be more sensitive or confidential, such as legal proceedings, on site interpreting may be more appropriate.

Personal preferences should be taken into consideration. It is important to identify individual preferences as some may feel more at ease with in person interactions.

Video interpreting may not be suitable for clients with limited internet connectivity or unfamiliar with video conferencing technology.

How Does VRI ASL Work?

Our VRI service utilizes a secure and compliant video conferencing platform to connect clients with American Sign Language interpreters. The client and the ASL interpreter can see and hear each other through the platform. Our ASL video interpreters are certified and possess extensive experience, providing real time interpretation to ensure smooth communication.

What Equipment Is Needed?

Clients need a computer, tablet, or mobile device with a WebCam and a reliable high speed internet connection to access our VRI service. It is also essential to use a compliant video conferencing platform to ensure clarity in audio and high quality video feedback.

How To Get An ASL Interpreter For a Zoom Meeting

Need an ASL interpreter for a Zoom meeting? Contact us at Cal Interpreting & Translations. We provide certified ASL interpreters who are highly experienced in VRI services. Our services are flexible, easy to schedule, and cost effective.

When you schedule your Zoom meeting, CIT will provide technical support to ensure your VRI session runs effortlessly.

Video Remote Interpreting vs. Video Relay Services (VRI vs. VRS)

Although both Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) and Video Relay Services (VRS) provide remote interpreting services using video conference technology, the main difference is the intentions for which they are used.

VRI is primarily used for face to face interactions where an ASL interpreter is needed to facilitate communication between a deaf individual and a hearing individual in the same location. It is more appropriate to use in healthcare, legal, business, or educational settings, when messaging needs to be accurate and efficient.

VRS is used for telecommunication purposes and allows deaf participants to make phone calls to hearing people with the assistance of an ASL interpreter. The FCC established it to accommodate the needs of individuals with hearing impairments. VRS is accessed through a video relay app or video phone. It is typically used for casual telephone conversations.

Why Choose Cal Interpreting & Translations For Your VRI ASL Needs

Expertise and Experience

With over ten years of experience, Cal Interpreting & Translations is a leading provider of interpreting and translation services, including VRI. Our Video Remote Interpreters for ASL are highly trained and certified, ensuring your specific needs are met.

Certified Video (ASL) Interpreters

Cal Interpreting & Translations provides certified ASL video interpreters who are experienced in providing VRI services. Our interpreters have undergone specific training to become familiar with the technology and best practices in providing VRI ASL services.

Customer Service

We take pride in offering excellent customer service, providing prompt and courteous assistance at all times. Our team is available 24/7 to provide you with support and assistance whenever you need it.

Competitive Pricing

Our prices are competitive and affordable without compromising on the quality of our services.

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