Deaf Support Center established in Nara Prefecture

A DVD library and a chatting space are in the center.

September 2, 2012

The Nara Prefecture Deaf Support Center was established in the prefecture social welfare center in Kashihara city on September 1.

The sign language interpreter is full-time employed, ready to respond to consultation with a deaf visitor on personal problems.

The Deaf Support Center offers a space for the exchange with the residents, or a place for sign language interpreting training. It also lends out the movie subtitled and about 2,000 DVDs converted from TV programs.

According to Murakami Takeshi-san (56), chairman of the Prefecture Association of the Deaf which manages the new center, the prefecture has about 6,000 Deaf persons.

He says, "Because there was no counselor for the Deaf in nearby cities, towns and villages, many Deaf persons had suffered troubles. We would like to use this center for broad uses, such as consultation, information dissemination, training, etc."

Opening time:  9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., weekdays.

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