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Request an Interpreter Emergency: How to get an Interpreter when VIRS is closed

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Information Needed to Request an Interpreter

  • Your name, telephone number and the agency you work with.
  • When you need the interpreter: the date, the time and the duration of the appointment.
  • The nature and format of the meeting (i.e. medical appointment, lecture, staff meeting, therapy session, etc.)
  • Name of speaker(s)/presenter(s).
  • Location of assignment (address, floor, building #, etc.).
  • Number of participants.
  • Names of Deaf participants and their preferred mode of communication, if known. (i.e. American Sign Language, Oral, Signed English, etc.).
  • Names of preferred interpreters (Often Deaf individuals will have a preference for specific interpreters.).

What Happens Next?

After we have secured an interpreter, we will contact you with the interpreter’s name, phone number and address. You may contact the interpreter directly to inquire about their fees and policies and the interpreter may contact you to gather additional information regarding the assignment. The interpreters are all independent contractors in private practice.

If the interpreter you requested is not available, you can postpone the appointment to another time when the preferred interpreter is available, or we will try to locate another interpreter. In the event we are unable to secure any interpreter for the assignment requested, we will give you as much notice as possible.

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