What is DEAF SHIRU?
DEAF SHIRU is a Japanese organization which shares real stories of deaf, late-deafened, hard of hearing people in several languages in order to promote understanding of deafness and hard of hearing.
We aim to achieve a world where everyone smiles together regardless of their hearing-level.
The best way to do this is to know and be aware of hearing loss, communicate with people with it and take actions for issues they face.
We collect real stories including experiences, thoughts, and desires of them from Japan, Nepal, and other countries and share them in Japanese, English and Nepali language (also in both Nepali and Japanese Sign Language). In addition, we regularly hold workshops in which they and readers can directly interact. And we hope this will result in better mutual understanding.
In the meantime, we also have been trying to tackle a problem: lack of job opportunities among the deaf community in Nepal, our partner country. We ask the deaf Nepalese to co-operate and make the best use of their specialty in order to achieve our goal. In return, we will also pay so that it’ll be like a job opportunity to them.
Why We Founded?
- 6% the population are inborn deaf, late-deafened, or hard of hearing.
- There is no opportunity to “know and learn” deafness, and “communicate” with people with it.
- “Disability” is something that is ridiculed.
- The importance of revealing my hearing’s challenges.
- Smoother communication.
- A world where everyone smiles together regardless of hearing.
- The role of DEAF SHIRU.
I have more reasons, experiences and feelings for DEAF SHIRU, which I couldn’t mention just here.
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Founder: Shuhei Kumagai
How to Support Us
Feel free to contact us with any questions or suggestions regarding DEAF SHIRU.
We also accept requests for lecture-related work. You can also make a video call with the representative Shuhei Kumagai.
I strongly hope this organization will move ahead by everyone working together.