Active to spread sign language in Obihiro, Hokkaido

The organizing committee holds a meeting related to the "day of an ear" to promote a understanding of sign language and deafness.

March 2, 2013

To change the present condition that sign language is not introduced positively for the emergent information at the time of a disaster, a means of transportation, etc., the Deaf community and sign language interpreters will take the lead and activate movement which asks the Government for the "sign language bill" even in the Tokachi region in Hokkaido, the northern island of Japan.

The Obihiro Association of the Deaf will held an event for the public in Obihiro on March 3, "the day of an ear", about the Deaf issues and more awareness of sign language.

Mori Masayoshi san, 58, vice-principal of the Obihiro School for the Deaf, is one of the people concerned, asking for more accessibility to information in society through sign language or text.

"A Deaf child who commutes by train does not know what has occurred only by audio announcement aboard, when a scram occurs during train entrainment. Sign language cannot be used even if a conductor comes to help. On the platform of a station, some children wait all the time without knowing that the train is delayed."

When sign language cannot be used, the text message thorough a mobile phone is effective. Mori san said, "A mobile phone that texts is a must for the Deaf/deaf and besides substantial text message is good."

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