February 1, 2012
The Aichi prefecture assembly will introduce five receivers for hard of hearing persons into the gallery of the plenary hall in February so that they can follow an argument at a plenary session clearly through the earphone of a receiver.
Assembly officials are trying to make the environment for the elderly or hard of hearing persons to understand the parliamentary activity better.
At the prefecture assembly, sign language interpreting has been provided if any request made from a Deaf person. However, many deaf people do not understand sign language.
Moreover, because the surrounding noise tends be bothering at the plenary session even if with a commercial hearing-aid, there has been the call for more consideration from hard of hearing persons.
If the application for hearing the plenary session, the receiver can be used for free.