Deaf baseball catcher's story (3): Consciousness of Independence

May 10, 2016
Tamada Hiro talks to Deaf student 
by powerful Sign Language 
at his alma mater.

On consciousness of independence gained at Deaf school  

Tamada Hiro, 18, has struggled in starting to train note takers and student interpreters just after the Obirin University entrance. His parents was a source of his competitive spirit and energy.

Father Masami, 55, mother Satomi, 54, and, their eldest son Kaito, 20 are hearing. Tamada was diagnosed as serious difficulty in hearing at one year and nine months old. All the family members began learning sign language.

In 2000, the next year, the parents formed the "National Association of the Parents having Deaf children." Sign language was forbidden at school for the deaf in those days. The Deaf children were educated by oral method. The parents of the Deaf children who had a doubt in the educational method for the Deaf established the private school for the Deaf in Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo, Meisei Gakuen School (MGS)," Japan's first school for the Deaf with sign language education after eight years. Tamada was in the first class when he was a fifth grader. His parents are seen as a role model; they acted perseveringly to change administration and get cooperation of an enterprise.

Tamada explained in gratitude to MGS, "The school taught me independence was important. If I were unconscious of independence, I would depend on welfare, and can't be aggressively. It might be impossible for me to stand equally with a hearing person, too."

Tamada didn't follow lengthily the girl who associated in high school days. When she told him she would support him, he wasn't happy at all. He resisted against unconscious discrimination. He said, "Even when I played a base ball catcher at a hearing high school, it's unrelated in a sport that I don't hear."

The Law on the Elimination of Disabilities Discrimination was carried out in April, defining that obligation of information security to a student with disability and reasonable accommodations on the communication could be imposed on a university (a private school required obligation for an effort).

Tamada says, "If I find a student as a note taker, I would like to offer him the merit, too."

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Deaf baseball catcher's story (2)

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