January 22, 2012
In order to provide more support services to the Deaf community, such as the accessibility to the disaster information, the meeting to prepare establishment of the information dissemination center for the Deaf was held in Fukui City, Fukui Prefecture on January 21.
About 30 persons concerned participated and discussed the contents of activities of the center when incorporated.
The center was founded in the prefecture in 1997. In 2002, it was to promote establishment of the facilities nationwide as designed in the "Master Plan for the Persons with Disabilities" of the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.
The facility has been built in 40 out of 47 prefectures across the country now, and Fukui Prefecture has not found the one yet, so it has been "a wish for a period of 15 years" to the persons concerned.
When the Great East Japan Earthquake occurred in March, last year, the disaster information did not get across to the Deaf community well. The prefecture aims at setting up the base of information dissemination with immediate facility maintenance, and developing a nationwide network.