Deaf university student appeals enhancement of the visual information at the time of disaster

Harada Kana talks about her experience in disaster.

June 12, 2011

The lecture meeting related to the experience of the Great East Japan Earthquake was held in Ehime University at Matsuyama City, Ehime Prefecture on June 11. About 40 people participated.

HARADA Kana (22), a sophomore of Tsukuba University of Technology* and a native of Matsuyama City, appealed for the enhancement of information communication on the disaster emergency by a visual device such as an electrical board, flashlights for the emergency, etc.

When spending time in the dormitory in Tsukuba City on March 11, she was struck by the earthquake. She said that she took shelter only relying on the information from the Internet and electrical board.

Harada explained in sign language, "The flashlight did not work at once immediately after the disaster hit the city while there was calling for the evacuation site in the electrical board placed in the university". She emphasized the visual need as the information access through light was easy to get attention from the Deaf to the degree of the high effects.

* Tsukuba University of Technology, located in Tsukuba City, Ibaraki Prefecture, offers the four-year undergraduate program and the two-year graduate program in technical fields to the students who are Deaf/hard of hearing, and visually impaired, respectively.

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