VRI – Video Remote Interpreting

Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) is a growing field and has become even more important now when social-distance communications are critical to each individual’s health due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. Video remote interpreting is the most effective way to protect the health and safety of our clients and the interpreters.

Who Uses VRI?

VRI can be used for educational, institutional, community events and much more.

Note: ASL is available on demand 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

What is VRI?


Video remote interpreting (VRI) is a highly effective vehicle that allows the Deaf or Hard of Hearing population to communicate with a hearing person at the same site via videoconferencing instead of live, on-site interpreting. VRI is convenient for those who cannot meet face-to-face but also is now the preferred method for social-distance communications. VRI also allows all parties to communicate from multiple locations ensuring everyone’s health and safety.

Why Use VRI?

VRI is especially useful in three primary situations:

  • Easy VRI for you video: EZVRI4U
  • This method of communication allows for safe social distancing communications.
  • VRI is used when there is a lack of available certified interpreters, such as at a rural location.
  • When an interpreter is needed immediately and there is no available interpreter on-site.

Getting Set Up to Use VRI

These resources can assist you in what you need to do to get started using VRI:

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Financial Information

Fees for interpreter services are based on recommendations set by the Texas Department of Rehabilitative Services and can vary depending on time of day, advance notice, and length of the assignment.

Nightingale accepts checks, major credit cards, as well as P.O. numbers.