Sign language interpreter works at a reception desk in the town office

Shirakabe Yuriko-san, a sign language interpreter, works at the desk (center).

August 31, 2012

Fuji Kawaguchiko-machi in Yamanashi Prefecture has stationed the certified sign language interpreter at the reception desk in the town office.

Until now the town clerk corresponded ineffectively with the Deaf residents by writing, and the town office has tried to improve the environment so that the accuracy of communication should be taken in order to make the Deaf residents feel easily when come to the office.

Shirakabe Yuriko-san (46), a resident in the town who is a certified sign language interpreter, was employed as the personnel in July. The town plans to dispatch her to an event or a lecture meeting in the future.

According to the prefecture welfare division for persons with disabilities, the sign language interpreters are stationed in five cities, such as Kofu, Fuji Yoshida, Minami-Alp.

Fuji Kawaguchiko-machi has 60  Deaf persons who own the physically handicapped person's card.

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