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Conference Interpreting

Contact us at the earliest opportunity to enable us to secure the most appropriately skilled interpreters.  When booking the interpreter service, provide as much information as possible, and make available to the interpreter copies of speeches, slide shows, references of published works, statements, etc.  These will be treated as confidential documents and may be returned or appropriately disposed of after the event.  We will analyse the event, and advise on the best type of provision.

Soon interpreting ISL Video

During the Event

Interpreters sometimes work in teams.  Interpreters require regular breaks.  The frequency depends on the degree of density of information, degree of difficulty interpreting in the setting.  A general guide is every 25 minutes for dense material and every 50 minutes for ‘light’ texts. This is necessary to maintain the quality of the interpretation and for the health and safety of the interpreter.  We will advise you of the most suitable arrangements for your specific event.

  • Ensure that the lighting and seating are appropriate, and that the location of the interpreter is suitable.
  • The service users should be able to view the presenter and interpretation simultaneously.
  • The background behind the interpreter should be plain, and if possible a colour that facilitates the service user seeing the detailed and intricate movements of the hands and fingers over a sustained period.
  • The interpreter may need water, a small table, laptop connection to the main presentation, et cetera.
  • An interpreter may ask for clarification or for something to be repeated.

After an Event

You are welcome to provide feedback via an Evaluation Sheet, or you may send feedback in any format you choose; ISL Video/DVD, letter, fax, email or face to face meeting.  We welcome feedback to assist us with developing the service to respond to the needs of all parties.

Remote Interpreting

Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) and Video Conference Interpreting (VCI) are possible using freeware (for one to one connections) such as Skype, ooVoo, and other readily available software.  Quality of image will depend on the level of traffic, broadband speeds, and the specification of the device on which you are viewing the image, computer screen, video-phone,etc. Freeware does not meet with minimum recommended specifications for a professional service.  However, while we are currently astertaining the level of interest in remote interpreting by service providers and deaf consumers, and we are consulting with other service providers on their experiences, examining international research on this type of provision and consulting the deaf community on the potential impact on quality of service for all service users and interpreter providers, it is possible to book a video interpretation with us.

To register your interest in such a service, email us on  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

How does it work?

If you provide a service / information, and a deaf person is attending an appointment with you, you simply call our office via Skype using a webcam (assuming you have fast enough line such as ISDN, DSL or broadband) and we will interpret.  The deaf person will see our interpreting on your PC screen.

Call us now to schedule a free test call - phone 071-9622577.