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A dedicated TV channel for the hearing impaired
Broadcasting of the Listening with Your Eyes channel began in 2017. The channel allows conventional programmes to provide closed captioning and sign language displayed over the original content. The size and position of the captioning and sign on the display can be determined by the viewer using a remote control and receiver.
Organization for Broadcasting and Communications for People with Disabilities, Japan
Sharing the accessibility information of points of interest using apps and crowd sourcing
In 2016 Mirairo launched a smartphone application with a screen reader function for collecting and sharing information on the accessibility of points of interest for persons with diverse needs including persons with disabilities, older persons, and tourists. In less than a year some 67,000 locations were uploaded.
Mirairo Inc., Bmaps app, Japan
Easy-to-understand, accessible evacuation manual in DAISY multimedia format for persons with intellectual disabilities. DAISY (Digital Accessible Information System) is a technical standard for computerised text.
One part of the multimedia manual focuses on "general information", why it is essential to evacuate when a natural disaster happens. The second part pairs the "evacuation route", indicating the best evacuation route in one's familiar surroundings. Users may see faces they know, including their own, and hear a familiar voice.
ATDO - Assistive Technology Development Organization, Evacuation manual in DAISY multimedia format, Japan
Connecting wheelchair-accessible maps with GPS tracking
WheeLog! is an interactive wheelchair mobile application based on Google maps that combines accessibility information with GPS-tracked routes used by other wheelchair users. In the first month since release of the application in May 2017, WheelLog! had over 1,000 downloads and more than 1,700 location postings.
PADM - Parents Association of Distal Myopathies, WheeLog!, Japan
Enfranchising people under guardianship
Till 2013 Japan’s Election Law deprived people under adult guardianship of their right to vote and to stand for elections. In a spectacular court case, the Tokyo District Court condemned this as unconstitutional. The repeal of the discriminatory article led to the enfranchisement of more than 136,000 persons.
Tokyo District Court, REVISION OF ELECTION LAW, Japan
Regular sign language TV programme on the topics of welfare and community
Sign Language Talks Welfare is a regional monthly TV programme in Japan with sign language interpretation, provided by Okayama Broadcasting. It informs the deaf community and is produced mainly by deaf people themselves. Launched in 1993, the programme is financed entirely by advertising and does not need subsidies.
OHK - Okayama Broadcasting Co., Ltd, Sign Language Talks Welfare Program, Japan