Why Do I Sometimes Need 2 Interpreters/Captionists?
The process of providing interpreting/captioning can be demanding both physically and mentally. As for the mental aspect, research has shown that the interpreter/captionist’s ability to effectively facilitate the message begins to diminish after 20 minutes. The interpreter/captionist may not even be aware that this is occurring. Physically, interpreters/captionists use repetitive motions and may face a greater risk of such injuries plus it becomes tiring constantly moving your arms around or typing at a high rate of speed for 1-2 hours.
We will ask you questions about your assignment to determine if you need 1 or 2 interpreters/captionists. We have been doing this for many years and have become very adept at this determination. Generally speaking, you will need 2 interpreters/captionists if the assignment will last over 2 hours. However, there may be one-hour assignments where we determine that 2 interpreters/captionists will be necessary. Conversely, there may be 3-4 hour assignments where there is significant down time and only one interpreter/captionist is needed.
We reserve the right to make the final determination to ensure that the message remains accurate for the full length of your assignment and we protect our interpreter’s/captionist’s health.