Discriminatory attitudes toward Deaf in daily life, feeling of alienation without visible information

June 15, 2017

About 4,200 people, both Deaf persons and their supporters, participated in the National Deaf Conference of Japanese Federation of the Deaf which was held in Fukuoka-shi located in Japan's southern island at the beginning of June.

Cases of the discriminatory attitude toward the Deaf persons who feel anxiety and alienated in daily experienced were reported in the subcommittee meeting under a theme "Human Rights".

 "A request of the Deaf person who communicates by means of writing is ignored, and only oral communication goes on."

"An interpreter and a note taker are not provided for a classroom or a meeting of a workplace."

"A broadcast is only called by voice/sound on a bus or a train."

"The Deaf person waiting for the turn at a hospital is called only by voice announcement," etc.

The questionnaire which was conducted by JFD from September, 2014 to March, 2016 with 811 Deaf respondents. 87% of them experienced discriminatory attitudes. 

Those who asked for the "reasonable accommodations in relation to "the Persons with Disabilities Discrimination Banishment Law effective in in April, 2016 specifically went up to 62%, pointing out as follows:

(1) interpreting arrangement at school and a workplace

(2) dissemination of the accident information, etc. of the public transportation should be captioned

(3) staff service improvement in a medical agency and public facilities.

There are 3,516 interpreters certified by the government authority at present. The government had put up a target of the interpreters who work for official facilities with 4,000 people (one interpreter for 100 Deaf consumers) when the certificate test started 28 years ago. However, autonomous bodies, educational institutions and public hospitals hired 1,801 interpreters (including certified one) according to an investigation conducted in 2015 by the national interpreters group in Kyoto, less than half of the target of interpreters; 53.7%.

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