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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