What value does being knowledgeable about the regulations that govern your workplace have? The purpose of this workshop is to give an overview of the Federal Communications Commission Regulations as they pertain to VRS interpreters working in the United States. Participants will learn about the various regulations that impact VRS companies which in turn impact video interpreters. This includes requirements of VRS companies and how companies are funded and reimbursed for services. According to Dean and Pollard’s self-report study in 2011, interpreters cited working in the VRS as one of the most stressful environments interpreters work in. This was due to many factors, but one of the main factors was due to the confusion between company policy and FCC regulations impacting their work. Follow-up studies have since been conducted regarding stress in the VRS setting, and so preliminary data will be shared. Demystifying the regulations will help interpreters learn how to apply them in their daily work. Participants will also have the opportunity to test their current understanding of FCC regulations as it applies to interpreters and practice interpreting mock phone calls that may call upon applying the regulations. This workshop will help inform your work immediately when you step into the VRS setting.
Alexandra Hayes-Rossiter, Daniel Maffia, Katie Maxwell