The non-profit organization "The Deaf/Hard of Hearing Independence Life Center" located in Nishinomiya-shi, Hyogo Prefecture begins the "personal interpreting project" which will provide free interpreting services to the Deaf communities in Osaka, Kobe, and Kyoto in October. The interpreting services will include the small party after a marriage ceremony, a party with friends, etc.
Such a project out of the system of administration is nationally new. The organization officials said, "We hope the Deaf community will make use of our project in order to promote their social participation."
The Deaf/hard of hearing person can use the interpreter services by the Government or local governing body. However, such service are usually restricted to a lecture meeting, ceremonial occasions, the procedure of a public office, etc.
Moreover, there are so many restrictions that a personal situation is insufficient, such as even when it is possible at a marriage ceremony, a following party is not accepted.
Free interpreting service was able to launch this time by the support from Kirin Foundation in Chuo-ku, Tokyo, which is available till the end of March, 2013.
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