|The staff communicates by sign language through the TV phone function of iPad in the Okinawa Information center for the Deaf. |
July 15, 2013
The activities of the Okinawa Information Center for the Deaf was opened at Naha-shi, Okinawa Prefecture in Japan's southern island in April, 2012 as a base to support the Deaf community in the Prefecture. It is getting off the ground.
The various services including training and dispatch of a sign language interpreter, consultation support, a rental of DVD with caption/sign language, etc. have been provided in order to urge the social participation of a Deaf/deaf person.
The center hopes to improve the environment where the Deaf person can acquire information through a video remote interpreting service provided by the center by installing a video remote equipment in the information desk of government and municipal offices or an airport.
Higa* Tsuyoshi* (比嘉豪), 61, Director of the Center who is Deaf, says, "We further want to expand the contents of management to meet a Deaf/deaf user's needs. We hope to arrange a lecture on how to use iPad or a smart phone."
One of the Deaf users, 57, who lives on an island near Okinawa, was glad about the center, saying, "By using a video remote interpreting, I do not need to go out to the main island since I am able to ask for consultation. I am relieved now. It would be much better if a video remote interpreting were set up in a hospital, a fire department, a police station, etc."
*The Japanese name is usually in order: one's last name comes first, and then the first name comes next.