THE Dundalk-based support organisation for deaf and hard of hearing people launched an innovative service at its centre on Thursday, April 14.
DeafHear.ie held a demonstration of its new Irish Sign Language Remote Interpreting Project at the Jocelyn Street centre at 2pm.
Remote interpreting is the delivery of sign language interpreting services without the actual presence of an interpreter.
The interpreting is delivered by an interpreter through the use of a webcam and video software transmitted over the internet between the interpreter’s location and the location of the service provider.
The main benefit of remote interpreting is that it allows deaf people immediate access to public services or any service where it is provided.
A deaf person no longer requires the presence of an interpreter to receive an interpreting service. The interpreter can be ‘virtually’ present at any point of service delivery that has a broadband internet connection.
This makes everyday access to public services available to deaf people for the first time on the same basis as is already available to hearing people.
The aim of this service is to make life easier for deaf people and all public service providers. For more information visit DeafHear.ie North East (Dundalk).