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DVD developed for company to support Deaf/hard of hearing workers
April 20, 2012
The Postsecondary Education Programs Network-Japan (PEPNet-Japan)
developed DVD which introduces the tips on how the company supports
Deaf/hard of hearing employees.
Although the Deaf/hard of hearing persons who found a job at a company
after graduation are increasing in number, it has been said that they
have a hard time to communicate with their hearing coworkers, which is
one of the reasons for their high unemployment rate.
The network is appealing to the companies by saying, "We hope they make
more accessible environment for the Deaf/hard of hearing persons to work
In DVD, one of the examples is introduced; a new Deaf employee misses
or misunderstands the deadline of the data development which the boss
Since the Deaf/hard of hearing person lipreads in many cases to see what
is said, the company is advised that the hearing workers speak clearly
and slowly, and/or that they give the Deaf/hard of hearing coworker the
important main point by writing.
The network staff explained, "the company people, not knowing that the
Deaf/hard of hearing workers may fail some important point, believe that
they make many mistakes, or that they do not accomplish anything.
Meanwhile, the Deaf/hard of hearing workers should clearly tell that
they need support because of deafness."
About 2000 copies of DVD will be distributed to the universities/colleges or companies free of charge.