Sign language interpreter appeals for support to the Deaf at lecture meeting in Tokyo

Shoji Yoko talks about support of the Deaf in case of an earthquake disaster.

September 2, 2013

The lecture meeting about the Deaf support in case of an earthquake disaster was held in Katsushika-ku, Tokyo on September 1.

Over 80 people participated including Deaf residents and members of the sign language circle which sponsored event.

The lecturer was Shoji Yoko (庄子陽子), 37, who is a certified sign language interpreter and works as the director of the Information Support Center for Deaf Disaster Victims in Miyagi Prefecture.

She spoke on her experience with the disaster support activity at the time of the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, with some instances of what issues the Deaf victims faced: The audio disaster alert system was not accessible at all, few opportunity to get information or communicate in sign language in a shelter or a makeshift house which would accumulate stress on the Deaf.

Shoji appealed by saying: "You cannot do anything in emergency when you cannot do it at time of peace, either. it is important for every one to be able to do what or to think always." 

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