Visual Communication Services, an innovative interpreting agency
We envision a cohesive community in which individuals who are deaf, hearing, and those with hearing loss share equal access to information and communication.
Visual Communication Services (VCS) is a leading, go-to resource for the deaf and hearing loss communities. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, VCS delivers interpreting services in all major modalities both on-site and remotely anywhere in the world.
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Region 4 ESC Contract: R180706 - Language Service Providers and Related Services
Jul 1, 2018 to Jun 30, 2020
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Main office: Houston, TX
3934 FM 1960 RD. West, #350
Houston, TX 77068
Toll Free: 877-404-7713
Video Phone: 281-408-4007
On-site interpreting by certified, screened, professional interpreters including ASL (American Sign Language), PSE (Pidgin Signed English: combination of ASL + English), SEE (Signing Exact English) Oral and Trilingual (ASL/Spanish/English), Interpretation and Transliteration (Signing in English word order incorporating ASL features + inaudible mouthing of the spoken message).
Video Remote Interpreting (VRI)
Certified interpreting services are delivered remotely anywhere in the world. All that is needed to utilize VCS's VRI (Video Remote Interpreting) services is a newer computer (2+ years or newer), a webcam and internet connection. Mobile VRI services are available from VCS for iPad, iPhone, and Android devices through the VCI mobile applications. Simple software download is required to enable streaming video viewed on a mobile device.
Interpreting and Translation
For those who do not use sign language and prefer lip reading, a certified VCS oral interpreter/transliterator presents information through facial and lip expression while mouthing the words to express what is being communicated.
Foreign Language Interpreters and Translators
VCS provides qualified foreign language interpreters and translators for spoken language communication needs either on-site or remote.
Community, business, educational, and one-on-one client/consumer consulting to deliver unlimited equal access anywhere, anytime.
Preparatory/certification advancement mentoring for Interpreter Training Program (ITP) graduates and interpreters seeking certification, enhanced skills training and/or internship opportunities.
Interpreter skills development to enhance the quality of service of the interpreting community.
Speech to Text
The spoken word is transcribed to written text and delivered anywhere in the world via the internet or provided on-site and remote, displayed via laptop, projector or LED screen through one of the following programs:
Uses proprietary TypeWell abbreviation software to translate the spoken word meaning-for-meaning in written text.
Real time word for word of listening to an event, class, conference, meeting, etc. and transcribing what it heard using stenographic sending equipment of voice recognition software and sending verbatim transcribed text almost instantaneously to end users.
Service scripts delivered via email, text file or hard copy.
Our innovative interpreting agency provides screened and certified professional interpreters of the highest ethical and moral integrity.
VCS takes great care to match each clients' needs to the best-suited interpreter and service. This allows the greatest understanding for all parties involved, the most ease, and the best economic value.
We not only provide interpreting services for the deaf community, we also train and mentor the interpreting community as well.
At VCS, our goal is to open the world of communication and opportunity to everyone!
Visual Communication Services (VCS) seeks to ensure all individuals that are deaf/hard of hearing access by providing the highest quality of interpreters to every area of life. Our innovative interpreting agency provides interpreting services both on-site and remotely anywhere in the world. Not only do we provide sign language interpreting, CART services and spoken language translation; we also train and mentor the interpreting community as well. VCS has provided services in the Great Texas Gulf Coast Region, San Antonio, Dallas, and Austin over the past 13 years.