Japan Updates: April 6, 2011

April 6, 2011

According to a local observer in Japan, one deaf couple was saved from the March 11 tsunami by a hearing neighbor who pulled them to higher ground.  However, other deaf people have missed opportunities to receive needed supplies because they didn't hear announcements about how to receive them.  Some information for survivors is only available in auditory format without being made visual for deaf people.  Read tweets from Japan at http://twitter.com/yuki_adi

According to the Mainichi Daily News, a blind man has experienced challenges in accessing shelter services after the earthquake and tsunami that struck eastern Japan on March 11.  Information for shelter residents is often posted in print without being announced verbally.  He has not been provided with someone who can assist him with daily care activities such as showing him where bowls for food are available at meal times or how to bathe himself.  Read the full story at http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/news/20110328p2a00m0na013000c.html

Deaf people can access information about the situation in Japan via a series of videos in International Sign produced by the Japanese Federation of the Deaf at http://www.jfd.or.jp/en/quake2011  This link also leads to additional videos in Japanese Sign Language.

A recent video clip is available that shows visible signs of damage from the Japan earthquake and tsunami in Iwaki, Japan.  This video clip was produced during a visit to a local independent living center.  The 29-second clip can be viewed at: http://dpi.cocolog-nifty.com/en/2011/04/situation-of-di.html

Basic information about the situation of people with disabilities in Japan and how people can help is now available in the following languages: English, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Thai, Arabic, French, Turkish, Chinese. People are invited to download this information in the language they desire and circulate among their contacts. These handouts can be downloaded at http://dpi.cocolog-nifty.com/en/

As of April 5, 2011, more than 350 people around the world had donated more than a quarter of a million dollars to the Relief Headquarters for Persons with Disabilities of Tohoku-Kanto Great Earthquake.  The Relief Headquarters continues to welcome additional donations.  Your financial support will be used to enable them to deliver needed food, water, personal assistance services, and other assistance needed by people with disabilities in Japan who were affected by the March 11 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear plant breakdown.  People with disabilities are often underserved or overlooked by mainstream disaster relief operations. Click here to make a donation via credit card. Or, Click here for bank transfer information.  People who want to assist deaf people affected by the earthquake can also consider making donations via bank transfer to the Japanese Federation of the Deaf: Information available at http://www.jfd.or.jp/en/2011/03/28/pid614.