Hard of hearing persons enjoy art works through note taking service in Toyama Prefecture

Nishida Tsutomu (second from the right) appreciates an art work with
a curator's talk (right) through note taking in the art museum.
(photo: http://mainichi.jp/)

August 29, 2014

Nishida Tsutomu (ニシダツトム) became hearing loss when he was a fifth grader in an elementary school, and his hearing ability got worsened rapidly in the 50's. Since then he has used a hearing-aid usually.

An understanding of hearing loss is not so much that still many people look at the user with a hearing aid and speak to him/her in a loud voice.

Nishida invited the hard of hearing persons who have the similar trouble, and they established the "Note-taking Salon Rainbow" in November, last year. The hold a group meeting or gathering monthly.

The note taking services is available mostly when a hard of hearing person sees a doctor, attends a lecture meeting, etc. Although public expenditure is paid to a note-taking service as an information compensation in Toyama-shi, the number of note takers is still few.

Nishida visits an art museum well, but he has troubles such as unable to understand an curator's description, or difficult  to see the caption of a small character, etc. In order to solve these problems in the art museum, he arranged the art appreciation event with note-taking for the first time in the Prefectural Brush Painting Art Museum in June, this year.

It was so popular that Nishida arranged the event again to be held in the City Sato Memorial Art Museum in Toyama-shi in the prefecture this month. Hard of hearing participants appreciated fine arts with the note-taking service performed by three note-takers, saying that they understood better what a picture means".

Noshida explains, "Since some hearing loss persons do not know the note-taking service through public expenditure dispatch in the city, I want to tell about the system widely first of all. I hope a hearing person to understand the hearing loss persons like us better by seeing the spot of note-taking".

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Deaf groups visit North Korea for international exchange meeting

August 8, 2014

The program "The International Exchange Meeting in Pyongyang" has been held since 2009 under co-sponsorship of a German nonprofit organization "TOGETHER-Hamhung e.V." and the World Federation of the Deaf.

Eighteen Deaf persons from Japan, the Netherlands, and Singapore visited Korea on August 8-12 to participate in the 6th anniversary exchange program with the Deaf in North Korea.

The foreign group went sightseeing in Pyongyang and Kaesŏng, and also visited related facilities including the North Korean Disability Protection Federation.

Many of the participants visited North Korea for the first time, and they talked together with the Korean Deaf participants about a family, the environment of work, and school life. They deepened friendship, taking commemoration photography.

Many of the Japanese participants said, "Since both the North Korean Sign Language and Japanese one are similar, we got frank immediately."

Takemura Yuki (竹村祐樹), 19, from Tokyo has had a strong interest in North Korea since young. He said, "North Korea what I saw completely different from the mass media reports in Japan, and my image about the country changed totally."

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"Kimono dresser qualification for the Deaf" proposed by Deaf woman for Government's approval

Nishio Hiroe shows the textbook with
the sign language used for kimono dressing.
(photo: http://www.chunichi.co.jp/)
 August 23, 2014

There is official qualification of "kimono dressing in sign language" (きもの手話きつけ士) which a certified person can help dressing a kimono using sign language. It was recently approved by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.

Nishio Hiroe (西尾啓江), 55, a deaf kimono school lecturer in Nagoya-shi, Aichi Prefecture, proposed such a qualification for seven years in order to to back up a young Deaf person's independence.

The kimono school in Kyoto to which Nishio belongs offers an examination on practical skill and a paper test once every year since 2012. An applicant, who acquired more than teacher assistant license in the school and manages dressing business for one year or more, takes a sign language lecture, the eligibility requirements for an examination of "kimono dressing in sign language" will be obtained.

Nishio became a kimono dressing lecturer under the influence of her mother who was a dressmaker. Her hearing ability of the right ear became weak and she has used the hearing-aid, although she lost hearing in left ear when she was a child.

She has her own kimono class and teaches the high school students in the clothing course at the Nagoya School for the Deaf, her alma mater.

Nishio made the textbook to introduce the sign language used for kimono dressing, and has already distributed copies of the book. She says, "I hope more people will understand the sign language in the book and become more familiar with kimono as Japanese ethnic costume."

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Deaf students ask the measure against tsunami, etc. in Mie Prefectural Assembly

The students of the Prefectural School for the Deaf
asks a question in the Prefectural Assembly.
(photo: http://www.asahi.com/)

August 21, 2014

The Prefectural Assembly intended for high school students was held in the assembly plenary hall in Tsu-shi, Mie Prefecture on August 20 to attract high school students to get interested in prefectural government, which was the first measure by the Mie Prefectural Assembly.

Twenty-six students from eight schools participated in the event and asked a question about disaster prevention, industrial development, etc., which the members of the Prefectural Assembly answered.

Three students of the Prefectural School for the Deaf, through sign-language interpreting, asked a question about height relocation of their school building or a job boost for a person with disability.

The building of the School for the Deaf with about 100 students from preschool through high school level is placed with an altitude of 2 meters. One of the Deaf students insisted that it is the most important to relocate the school building to a safe place at an early stage as a preparation to tsunami.

One of the members of the Prefectural Assembly answered, "The school building will leak above 1 or 2 meters at the maximum by tsunami. You students can go up to the roof of the school building to avoid the disaster. The regular training against disaster is important."

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Nationwide survey on DeafBlind indicates social isolation

August 17, 2014

As the enterprise of the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, the survey for those with both vision and hearing impairments as indicated by the physically impaired persons' card was performed completely for the first time in October, 2012.

The National DeafBlind Association (NDBA) based in Tokyo summarized the survey recently, and it turned out that there are at least 13,952 DeafBlind persons across Japan.

Moreover, isolation of the DeafBlind was so evident that the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare and an interested organization are hurrying the measure.

Although all the prefectures, government ordinance cities, etc. undertake the dispatch enterprise of interpreter/care taker to support social participation of a DeafBlind person, only 6.9% of the DeafBlind through the survey is found that they use such a service.

NDBA officials commented, "Since it is difficult for a DeafBlind person to gain information by oneself, their use of social welfare services is not progressing. We would like to appeal for expanding the interpreter/care taker dispatch system, etc. for the time being."

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Sheet for quick communication arranged in ambulance in Shizuoka Prefecture

The communication & information sheet
for the Deaf arranged in the ambulance
in Fujinomiya-shi, Shizuoka Prefecture.
(photo: http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/)
August 8, 2014

The Fujinomiya-shi Office in Shizuoka Prefecture announced that  it arranged the "communication & information sheet" on all six ambulances for about 360 local Deaf residents on August 7, aiming to release a Deaf person's uneasy feeling or anxiety at the time of emergency lifesaving.

The surface of the A4-sized sheet shows a human body figure in order to tell which part of the body pains and the kind of pains by pointing (photo: right). There are questions in the back of the board, such as "Please show your disability card", "Do you need an interpreter?", etc (photo: left).

Training of an ambulance requested by fax is performed once per year. However, the question if "the Deaf person can communicate effectively with an ambulance officer after the ambulance arrives" was going up in the Deaf community.

The paramedic in the city central fire department expects an effect of the sheet rather than writing, which helps in shortening time as well as quick emergency lifesaving."

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Election Administration Committee introduces the board for better communication at polling places

The guidance board currently installed in the polling place in order to take communication with persons who are hearing loss. It lists questions (left) and the answers (left).
 (photo: http://www.chunichi.co.jp/)

August 6, 2014

The Nagano gubernatorial election is scheduled on August 10, for which the Prefectural Election Administration Committee has introduced the guidance board in the polling place of every place for the first time in the prefecture in order to reply to the question from the elderly people and Deaf/deaf persons when voting.

The A-sized plastic guidance board has both sides: the eight assumed questions, such as "I don't know how to vote", "I made a mistake in checking", etc. is written with the illustration, and the answer to each question is printed on the back of the board. The concerned persons can point with a finger on the board.

The Election Administration Committee made to reference the example which the guidance board put in practical use in Tokyo an Yokohama, by cooperation of the Nagano Prefectural Association of the Deaf.

With written communication used until now, time was taken, or those who didn't write well, which called for some measure from the persons in charge of the polling place.

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Deaf high school girl keeps practicing kendo

Miyasaka Nanami, a high school girl who
practices kendo (Japanese swordsmanship).
(photo: https://twitter.com/tuboya154)
August 5, 2014
A Deaf high school girl, Miyasaka Nanami (宮坂七海), 16, was featured in the program "NEWS ZERO" of Nippon Television broadcast on August 4.

She is a sophomore at a hearing school, Nittai-Ebara High School in Tokyo after having attended the school for the Deaf since the age of five.

Although Miyasaka began kendo when she was a fifth grader, she had a experience in which she learned first that she was the only person who is  Deaf in the exercise hall.

The kendo instructor noticed that she had concentration that she looked at his behavior and guessed what she should behaved properly.

After Miyasaka went on to Nittai-Ebara High School, well-known for an outstanding school for kendo, practice of kendo became harder, but her teammate tells her the contents of practice, etc., using a white board for writing or gestures.

Results were not so good, although Miyasaka ranked 1st in the convention held in Tokyo and then participated in the national competition this year.

She said, "It was a good experience for me because I was able to play a match with the strong opponent. I will exercise more."

Miyasaka aims to participate in the National Athletic Meet which will be held in autumn.

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"Handmade toys class" opened for Deaf students in Fukuoka Prefecture

August 3, 2014

The "Handmade Toys Class" was opened in the Prefecture Nogata School for the Deaf in Nogata-shi, Fukuoka Prefecture, a part of  Japan's southern island on August 2.

It was held as a part of the event for the school, which will merge with the Prefecture Nogata Special Education School next spring.

Fifteen members of Toyota Motor Kyushu's "The Craftsmanship Circle" were an instructor to about 40 Deaf children and their siblings, who enjoyed making the balloon car or a model of the hovercraft.

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Schoolchildren in Tochigi Prefecture learn about life of persons with disabilities

The children share an experience in cooking with
a person with visual impairment at the volunteer workshop.
(photo: http://www.shimotsuke.co.jp/)

August 2, 2014

The Tochigi City Social Welfare Council in Tochigi Prefecture near Tokyo held the volunteer workshop the both days on July 31 and August 1 for the schoolchildren, in which about 20 children in the area participated.

The workshop is held during the summer vacation every year to promote the schoolchildren gain an experience in volunteering.

The theme of the workshop this year was "Let's meet with persons with disabilities". The children learned about a daily life of a Deaf person and sign language on the first day.

The next day, they challenged cooking with a person visual impairment and making a card in the Braille.

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