Accessibility December 14, 2017
Tokyo airport now has sign language phones for deaf passengers!
Haneda Airport in Tokyo, Japan, has started the country’s first public phones that allow communication through sign language.
The system was introduced on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, which was on 3 December.
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The new system allows deaf people to sign in front of a monitor so that a sign language interpreter can translate the message by voice to the person on the other side.
The sign language phones are used in more than 20 countries at public places to reduce communication barriers.Officials plan to set up such phones at four other major airports in Japan soon.
The idea is to allow the deaf passengers to use the new airport facilities, access information and make them a part of the society.
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