What I Love about VRS

In a recent post, I bemoaned the lack of interpreter-client relationship that comes of the anonymity imposed upon video interpreters. When I first wrote that, about a month before I published it on my blog, my morale about video relay interpreting was in a bit of a slump. Getting out and doing more interpreting in the community, i.e. face-to-face, has revitalized me, I guess. Lately, I really enjoy going in to work, and I’d like to share here some of what I think is great about VRS (in no particular order).

  1. I love going to the call center and working 4–6 hours in one place without having to drive all over the county to several shorter jobs.
  2. I love using technology to improve the lives of deaf people and their hearing family members, friends, and co-workers.
  3. I love being on TV in homes all over the country. It’s what I always wanted!πŸ˜‰
  4. I love it when I interpret a call and the hearing and/or deaf people say to their interlocutor, “Wow! I finally understand you!
  5. I love meeting deaf people from all different regions of the U.S. and learning all their different regional signs.
  6. I love the “cross-pollenation” that is happening with deaf people and interpreters in various regions talking to each other in ASL, and I believe this might help to standardize ASL a bit more and make it easier for people to understand each other wherever they’re from.
  7. I love how my voice interpreting (ASL-to-English interpreting) has improved since I began doing VRS interpreting!
  8. I love exploring the unique challenges that come with VRS interpreting such as: register variation (from intimate to frozen, sometimes in the same call), unfamiliarity with topic, personnel, and specialized vocabulary.
  9. I love the fact that, since I got a regular job doing VRS interpreting, I’ve been able to buy a home and begin saving for my retirement!
  10. Oh! And I love seeing people’s adorable pets on camera! Brightens my day!

There are others things I love, but that’s all I can think of for now.πŸ™‚

Author: Daniel Greene

I facilitate communication between Deaf and hearing people, and I teach people American Sign Language (ASL) and interpreting. Apart from doing the work I love, my greatest joys are family & friends, entertainment, food, photography, and travel.

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