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Macau Deaf Association calls govt to support people with hearing disabilities

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The Macau Deaf Association (MDA) has called on the government to support people with hearing disabilities more.

The MDA held an opening ceremony for the International Day of Sign Languages and International Week of Deaf 2022 on Sunday.

“We hope to spread a message of equality and communion to society by holding this activity,” said Wong Kam Sun, President of MDA. For people with hearing disabilities, Wong said, an inclusive community bridges the gap between them and those without hearing impairment, enabling them to participate further in society.

He hoped that society could pay attention to the needs of people who are deaf and hard of hearing, and improve some measures, such as in the official broadcast of information, to which sign language and subtitles could be added, to enable them to understand.

Further, Wong added that fewer jobs have been provided to people who are deaf and hard of hearing. He said the government opened up different types of recruitment for people who are deaf and hard of hearing, but it all depended on their abilities.

In addition, he said that sign language translators are few, with different types of translation requiring sign language interpreters in various categories, increasing the difficulty of deploying sign language interpreters and providing translation services.

Further, he considered that the development of technology could improve a barrier-free environment, but the premise is to ensure all people can use technology.

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