Broadcast via NHK’s educational channel, the deaf interpreters, for whom sign language is their first language, were able to convey more detailed and nuanced coverage of the Olympic closing ceremony and Paralympic opening ceremony by communicating information provided to them by signers who can hear.
A 13-year-old junior high school girl with a hearing impairment in Kitakyushu City was mistakenly diagnosed with intellectual disability in her childhood without undergoing proper examination at the Municipal General Rehabilitation Center, and it took about seven and a half years until she was actually found to be deaf.
After a hearing-impaired person infected with the new corona virus was refused the use of accommodation facilities because it was difficult to communicate by telephone, Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare has issued a notice to local governments asking them to introduce remote sign language interpretation and written communication so that people with hearing disabilities infected with the new coronavirus can use facilities.
On May 3rd, the trial of Kumiko Kosaka, a Japanese nun, and nine others accused of aiding and abetting the sexual abuse at a Catholic deaf children’s home in Mendoza, Argentina, began at a court in Mendoza. According to the state-run news agency, Kosaka’s side asked for the case to be dismissed.
On the 27th, it was learned that Unicharm, the largest manufacturer of masks in Japan, will release a mask made of transparent material so that the mouth can be seen from the outside. The masks are designed for hearing-impaired people who can read the contents of a message by watching the movement of the mouth.
As the new coronavirus spreads, a group of people concerned in Nagoya city, say “We have collected the real voices of people with hearing disabilities in the coronavirus disaster.” Wearing masks and other measures to prevent infection seem to be detrimental to the communication of deaf and deaf-blind people, who read words from the movement of their mouths and the shape of their fingers.