"With over 30 years of professional experience, HIS Sign is your single resource for interpreting services"
Christina Hammrich, President/Owner
Onsite ASL Services
HIS Sign provides regular sign language interpreting services to education establishments, Federal, State and Local government agencies and contractors, large and diverse hospital systems and small doctors’ offices as well as private business. We provide regular services in Virginia, Maryland, Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Our diverse workforce allows us to fill any assignment.
Let HIS Sign assist you in your sign language interpreting needs!
What is Video Remote Interpreting (VRI)?
Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) is an internet based service that uses devices such as your computer’s webcam and microphone as an interface for interpreting services. This is done through a remote connection to an interpreter in order to effectively facilitate communication for both parties. In a typical VRI situation, the two parties are physically located together at one location with access to a webcam enabled computer. The interpreter is at another location using a webcam enabled computer. The VRI service offered by HIS Sign facilitates communication between the participants even though they are physically separated.
Why HIS VRI?
HIS VRI sessions use highly qualified sign language interpreters who have demonstrated linguistic competence, have accumulated direct experience in settings for which they will work, and adhere to professional interpreting standards. HIS VRI has several benefits such as providing easier and faster access to communication, access to quality services, and effective use of fiscal resources. HIS VRI provides communication access for situations with an immediate need for interpreters; in addition, it meets interpreting demands when qualified onsite interpreters are not available, especially in rural areas where qualified interpreters are less accessible. HIS VRI can reduce interpreting costs through a fee structures void of travel and mileage costs.
- On Demand Services! No Pre-Scheduling Required!
- Cost Effective, Affordable per-minute rates without 2 hour minimums
- No Hidden Fees: No Setup Fees, No Monthly Fees! You only pay when you use it!
- Volume discounts
- Last-minute requests made easy:
- On-demand technology allows you to access services at any time, 24 x 7 x 365
- No travel costs, mileage or wait-time
- Access to skilled and highly qualified interpreters
- Offering customized solutions for your specific needs
- Technical Support available 24 x 7 x 365
- Simple Installation in Three Easy Steps: Install, Verify, and Use!
- Expedited Application setup is available
- Free training for your staff included
- Compliant with the Federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA)
- Compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
HIS Sign VRI Pricing Options
HIS Sign has multiple pricing options available for our VRI customers:
- On Demand Per Minute Rates
- On Demand Reduced Rates
- Established or Pre-Arranged Appointment Reduced Rates
Ease of Use:
- 3 Simple Steps: Install, Verify, and Use!
No Hidden Costs:
- No Setup Fees
- No Monthly Fees
- You only pay when you use it!
- Expedited Setup Fee: $100.00 one-time fee
The National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) describes CART services as “the instant translation of the spoken word into English text using a stenotype machine, notebook computer and realtime software.” The text produced by the CART service can be displayed on an individual’s computer monitor, projected onto a screen, combined with a video presentation to appear as captions, or otherwise made available using other transmission and display systems
CART stands for Communication Access Real-time Translation.
The CART service is referred to as real-time captioning and results in the display of everything that is being said, word for word on a computer, television or projection screen. The service may be provided by a “captioner” that is either on-site or off-site (remote). A transcript can also be produced at the completion of services.
A individual, the “captioner”, uses a device (court reporting stenography machine or computer with real-time captioning software) with an internet connection and types in everything that is said. The word for word text is then displayed on a computer, television or projection screen.
The “captioner” is not actually typing each word, the phonetic origin of a word is used instead of the actual spelling, which allows the “captioner” to type up to 260 words per minute with 98% accuracy and above.
The “captioner” uses an internet connection to hear and to project what is said at the service location.
To receive remote CART services you will need the following:
- A computer with an internet connection (A high-speed internet connection is not required but is helpful) at the service location.
- Compatible remote captioning software (provided free of charge).
- A high quality microphone for use at the service location that connects to the computer or an audio feed from a sound system.
- Computer(s), television(s) or projection screen(s) to connect to the computer in order to allow the consumers to view the captioning.
To receive on-site CART services you will need the following:
- Computer(s), television(s) or projection screen(s) to connect to the computer used by the “captioner”. This will allow the consumers to view the captioning.
Spoken Language Services
Over the Phone (OPI) Foreign Language Interpreting Services
HIS Sign has partnered with a leading spoken language company to offer a cost-effective method of
communicating with your foreign speaking customers using a phone! Our OPI services provide
interpretation for over 200 languages!
What is OPI and how does it work? Click Here to find out more!
HIS VRI Foreign Language Interpreting Services
HIS Sign has offered ASL (American Sign Language) Interpretation Services over the computer since
2013 and now offers spoken language interpretation through the same platform!
What is Spoken Language over VRI and how does it work? Click Here to find out more!