On 18 November, Vicdeaf launched Video Remote Interpreting (VRI service) with Minister Martin Foley. Vicdeaf states, ‘The Auslan Connections VRI service will provide deaf and hard of hearing people across Australia with crucial access to Auslan Interpreters. The service aims to address the critical deficit in provision of Interpreters particularly in emergency situations.
The community is experiencing an ever increasing demand for Auslan interpreters. This demand has significantly disadvantaged the signing Deaf communities that reside in rural and remote locations as they often go without an accredited interpreter or are forced to depend on friends or family members to interpret for them.
VRI is an alternative to onsite interpreting. It embraces the latest technology to provide language access previously denied to deaf Victorians living remotely or in emergency situations.’ View the clip below to see how easy it is to use Video Remote Interpreting and for more details, go to Vicdeaf’s website.