Gumma Prefecture has called for the participation in the sign language interpreter training program in the 2013 fiscal year in order to increase sign language interpreters for the Deaf/deaf community since the number of sign language interpreters is lacking in the prefecture.
According to the prefecture disability support policy division, 99 persons are currently registered as a sign language interpreter. Most of them interpret for a Deaf/deaf person receiving a medical service.
A Deaf male participated in the lay judge trial in the Maebashi District Court as a lay judge last year. It was said to be the first in the whole country. He joined trial through the interpreter.
On the other hand, according to the organization which sponsors the program, there are many subsidiary business companies among the registered interpreters. Those who respond to an interpreting request in the daytime are restricted. Among the registered interpreters, 83 are female.
There is each course of introduction, basic training, training applied, and practice in the program: three lectures (except the introduction course) and 15~20 practical skill courses from May through November, 2013. No course charge except textbooks expenses.
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