Takamatsu City shows the posture for fight against Deaf woman on sign language interpreter dispatch

 April 23, 2013

A Deaf office worker, Ikegawa Yoko, 41, sued the Takamatsu-shi authorities for turning down her suburban dispatch application of sign-language interpreting as unconstitutionality, and asked the city for disposal cancellation and compensation.

The first oral pleading of the lawsuit was held in the Takamatsu District Court in Takamatsu shi on April 22, and the city authorities showed the posture that they would fight.

Ikegawa applied the city for dispatch of sign-language interpreting in order that she might attend the briefing session of the vocational school in Tokyo which her daughter wanted to enter after graduation from high school in June, 2011, but her application was dismissed on the grounds that a dispatch place was the outskirts of a city, etc.

Furthermore, Ikegawa applied for sign language interpreting dispatch in order to attend her daughter's entrance ceremony at the vocational school in Tokyo in March, 2012, which was dismissed similarly.

She appealed and said, "Deaf persons use sign language, the only way for communication. I don't quite understand why the city simply rejected my applications for the sign language interpreting service".

In this trial, the sign language interpreter stood signing in the gallery. The screen of the summary note was projected on the wall with the projector there, too.

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