Deaf leader honored for his work for the acquisition of the driving license by the Deaf


Oya Takashi (58), president of the Mie Prefecture Association of the Deaf honored with the Yellow Ribbon Medal.
(photo: http://mytown.asahi.com/mie/news.php?k_id=25000001106150003)


June 15, 2011

OYA Takashi (58), president of the Mie Prefecture Association of the Deaf, who is born-Deaf, was honored with the Yellow Ribbon Medal for his distinguished services. He had aimed at the world to which Deaf people live just equally like hearing counterparts.

When he was a high school sophomore of the Mie Prefecture School for he Deaf, Oya learned the Deaf were not allowed to acquire the driving license.

He joined the association after graduation, and started the appeal to related agencies and organizations to remove the discrimination against the Deaf. A long but steady activity of the association bore the fruit; the acquisition of the driving license was admitted conditionally for a person who is seriously hearing loss by enforcing the revised Road Traffic Law in June, 2008.

After the photograph development company that he had worked for had given up its business, Oya became a part-time lecturer teaching sign language at Mie University and the high schools. He often talked about acquiring the driving license in details.

He is currently employed as a dormitory care taker at the Prefecture School for the Deaf. "I tell the younger generation about my experience."

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