Deaf residents tell hearing students about their own experiences as a part of the school program

Recently, the hearing students had a welfare workshop at the Mizuho Junior High School in Kyoto Prefecture. The workshop was to give the students an opportunity to deepen understanding to the problems that the persons with disabilities are faced in the community. (see the photo on the link below)

Deaf residens told a group of about 30 senior students how their daily life looked like. The students learned basic sign language and note taking as part of the welfare services to the Deaf.

The Deaf residents related how difficult it was for them to go shopping as they were often misunderstood as hearing persons by the salesperson. They also said there are not enough interpreters. They taught the students how to use basic signs.

One of the interpreters gave an example of a passage which was blocked with bicycles parked in disorder, and said, "Observing the social rule benefits the person with disabilities, too."

Members of the note-taking circle in the town also introduced the activity. The student wrote some sentences on the vinyl sheet of the overhead projector, experienced the flow projected with the projector, and learnt the difficulty of summarizing the content of speech, and the difference in speed between the spoken and the written languages.

Source: Kyoto Shimbun, Dec. 20, 2008
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