An introduction to VRI interpreting for IRID members


When: Friday May 29th, 2020 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm cst

Where: Zoom! Log in to to join

Waiting room opens at 6:15pm


This webinar is free for all current members of IRID, no pre-registration needed

Not sure if your membership is current? Email to confirm!


In the new era of online/remote working, VRI has become essential for interpreters. With the rapid transition due to the Covid-19 outbreak, we have seen a huge disconnect in necessary knowledge and information to effectively interpret remotely for both interpreters and Deaf and Hard of Hearing clients using the services.  

This workshop was designed to be the introduction to both technical and practical aspects of Video Remote Interpreting. 


We will touch on a range of topics related to VRI, such as:

* Equipment Needs * Internet speeds * Technical Specs and Requirements * Lighting * Backgrounds/Backdrops * Computer/Webcam/Platform Settings * Headsets * Adapters (Mac vs PC) * Webcam Comparisons * Computer Operating Systems and Required Specifications * Video Framing and Video Frame Rates * Platforms * Zoom Settings and Navigation * Best Practices * Teaming * Switching * HIPAA Compliance * Employment Options * Compensation * State Licensure * Resources


The presenters and hosts strive for high ethical standards of professional conduct and are sensitive to IRID members’ individual differences with regard to USA protected classes. IRID is committed to a safe learning environment for all participants. Please send requests for accommodations to


IRID is an approved RID sponsor for continuing education activities. This program is offered for 0.1 PS CEUs and assumes little prior knowledge of the topic. No partial CEUs will be awarded; you must attend the entire webinar to obtain CEUs.   

Josh Garrett, CI and CT, NIC, serves as the Chief Interpreting Officer/VP of Services for the ACS. He was formerly the CEO of JG Interpreting & Training Services (JGITS), and works as the Staff Interpreter/Interpreter Coordinator for the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has been interpreting professionally for 23+ years.  He taught within the Interpreter Training Program at Goshen College as well as for Purdue University.  Josh works as an interpreter educator, trainer, mentor, access consultant and advocate for Deaf children. Josh served as an evaluator for a state screening. He has experience interpreting in a variety of settings including religious, VRS, VRI, platform, freelance, medical, and educational. He has conference interpreting and/or presenting experience at the local, state, regional, national, and international levels.

Josh is presenting courtesy of ACS. We are grateful for ACS's support of the interpreting community.