Location

Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

Event Website

https://pacrim.coe.hawaii.edu

Start Date

3-2020 12:00 AM

End Date

3-2020 12:00 AM

Description

In February 2018, 70-people with hearing loss indicated the lack of necessary information or knowledge at museums in Japan. The visitors who are d/Deaf or hard-of-hearing want cooperation with sign language interpreters in museums. The researchers planned a tour with a sign language interpreter in the National Museum of Nature and Science in Tokyo, Japan, on 29th April 2019. The evaluation of the tour with sign language interpreters indicated that the levels of effectiveness, satisfaction, and necessity were high, and that the level of learnability by sign language was acceptable but in writing was low. Simultaneously, this experimental guided tour showed that sign language was necessary to improve information accessibility and science communication in science museums for d/Deaf visitors facilitated by sign language in Japan.

Comments

Miki Namatame is a professor at the National University Corporation Tsukuba University of Technology, where Miki researches information-accessibility for the people with hearing and/or visual disabilities, including Universal design and barrier-free. Before starting her research of information sciences of museums for the people with disabilities, at museums. Miki also provided higher education at the Department of Synthetic Design for people with hearing disabilities. After a successful career educating people with hearing disabilities, Miki now researches how to support visitors with hearing and/or visual disabilities at museums.

Masami Kitamura works at the Tsukuba University of Technology, Ibaraki.

Seiji Iwasaki works at the National Museum of Nature and Science, Tokyo.

Author Note: This preliminary experiment sponsored by the grant from JSPS KAKENHI (#18H01046.) We have no conflicts of interest to disclose. Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Miki N. The National University Corporation of Tsukuba University of Technology, Faculty of Industrial Technology, 305-8520, JPN. miki@a.tsukuba-tech.ac.jp.

This article is brought to you for free and open access by the Center on Disability Studies, ISSN 2641-6115. Licensed under CC BY 4.0.

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The Science Communication Tour with a Sign Language Interpreter

Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

In February 2018, 70-people with hearing loss indicated the lack of necessary information or knowledge at museums in Japan. The visitors who are d/Deaf or hard-of-hearing want cooperation with sign language interpreters in museums. The researchers planned a tour with a sign language interpreter in the National Museum of Nature and Science in Tokyo, Japan, on 29th April 2019. The evaluation of the tour with sign language interpreters indicated that the levels of effectiveness, satisfaction, and necessity were high, and that the level of learnability by sign language was acceptable but in writing was low. Simultaneously, this experimental guided tour showed that sign language was necessary to improve information accessibility and science communication in science museums for d/Deaf visitors facilitated by sign language in Japan.

https://kahualike.manoa.hawaii.edu/pacrim/2020/Articles/16