Information Center for the Deaf develops projects for social participation in Okinawa Prefecture

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."

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*The Japanese name is usually in order: one's last name comes first, and then the first name comes next. 

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