Attempts to make library accessible to Deaf persons

July 30, 2016

Shinichi Library located at Fukuyama-shi, Hiroshima Prefecture in western Japan has begun to response the needs of Deaf/deaf persons by means of writing. The yellow card, put near the reception counter, is used to inform that the user is asking for information by means of writing.

The library director has seen a staff talking to a Deaf visitor at the end of April, unable smoothly to communicate with the person. Here comes the yellow card.

 On the other hand, the Central Library in the prefecture has arranged two staff who can sign  since 2008 so that Deaf people and others feel comfortable to use the facility. A staff proposed to hold an event for Deaf/deaf children to read a story book as well as for many people to get know communication by sign language. The first event was successful.

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