Note taking as important means of communication for persons deafened

A part of the experience lecture: a hearing participant (right) covers his ears by the hands as if he were deafened while other one (left) tells him what the lecturer said by writing.

May 9, 2014

With progress of an aged society, the need of "note taking" which is one of the communication means for a person with hearing loss is increasing.

Although note taking is recognized less compared with "sign language", it is an important means of communication to get information.

The person who lost hearing because of illness or aging, or who feels hard to learn sign language, etc. is often using the note taking service.

The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare conducted the investigation on the persons with disabilities nationwide which carried out random sampling in 2006.

Among 338 persons with hearing loss, while 64 persons (18.9%) use sign language and sign-language interpreting, those who are using note-taking reached about 1.5 times with 102 persons (30.2%).

On April 15, Shigemura Tomoko (重村智子), 51, who gave a lecture in the social welfare center in Yamaguchi-shi in western Japan lost hearing at the age of 22. She said that she was unable to accept the disability easily but that she was not also able to use sign language at first.

She asked for the note-taking service in order to obtain the qualification as a care manager and a care worker. "What is written is all information I get. I was able to obtain qualification just because I had the note taker."

In convey the written information, when to tell many people in a meeting, a lecture, etc., the overhead projector or a computer is used, and a note is written for a person.

In the experience lecture held on April 22,  Futaoka Keiko (二岡敬子), a 51-year-old experienced note-taker, explained that the principle of note taking is "quick", "right" and "readable."

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