Kyoto Prefecture announces plan for establishment of facility for the Deaf

April 28, 2013

Kyoto Prefecture officials stated on April 28 about a plan to establish a facility for the Deaf community in Joyo-shi in the prefecture, which will be the first.

A information service center for the Deaf not only performs the training and dispatch of note-takers and sign language interpreters but also serves as an information dissemination base at the time of a disaster.

The government has promoted facility establishment in each prefecture and government ordinance city based on the disability master plan. According to the Kyoto prefecture officials, 37 facilities have been established in 36 out of 47 prefectures across the country as of October, 2012.

There is the center for the Deaf in Chukyo-ku, Kyoto-shi that is managed by Kyoto-shi, and there is no facility which the Prefecture administers. So the concerned organizations were demanding establishment of a prefecture facility for years.

It is due for examination of the facility development construction plan by summer, and for groundbreaking in 2014. It will be opened in the 2015 fiscal year.

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