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The National Human Rights Commission of Korea (NHRCK) recommended that Starbucks Korea make its drive-through services more accessible for Deaf customers. In April 2021, Deaf people filed petitions, stating that the current system, which relies on voice orders, makes it difficult for them to order coffee. . The National Human Rights Commission of Korea suggested that Starbucks set up special kiosk machines or train their staff in sign language for their Deaf customers. Hwang Jin-ok, a Deaf sign language interpreter at the Korea Association of the Deaf, highlighted the difficulties Deaf customers face when placing orders at coffee shops in Korea. The NHRCK’s recommendation emphasizes the importance of inclusive services at Starbucks and aims to ensure that Deaf customers have an equally enjoyable coffee-drinking experience.
During a visit to Peru by Princess Kako, daughter of Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko in Japan to celebrate 150 years of friendship between Japan and Peru, she made a visit to the Deaf school called CEBE Ludwig Van Beethoven in Lima, where approximately seventy Deaf children in kindergarten and elementary school use Peruvian sign language to communicate. Japan and Peru forged this friendship in 1873 when Japanese immigrants found a welcoming home in Peru, making it the first Latin American country to embrace Japanese people. Presently, around 200,000 Japanese Peruvians call Peru their home. Princess Kako, who is also a part-time staff member at the Japanese Federation for the Deaf, showcased her creativity by combining spoken Japanese and Japanese sign language in her expressions. Princess Kako said she spent 1 and a half months learning Peruvian Sign Language so that she could connect with students on a deeper level. She expressed her happiness in sign language and said, “I’m happy to meet you. I’m really happy that I’ve been able to come here.”
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Pulse Ghana, a media and marketing company, collaborated with Amigo Bread and Balona Biscuits to donate school essentials to the Demonstration School for the Deaf in Mapong-Akuapem. Led by Eli Daniel-Wilson, the Director of Sales and Strategy at Pulse Ghana, the team donated 100 bags of purified water, toiletries, freshly baked bread, biscuits, drinks, and mosquito nets. Pulse Ghana also collaborated with Danpong to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month by providing free breast cancer screenings. The goal was to check the students
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In November, Russia hosted the “Territory of Gestures” festival, which takes place every year. This has happened for the sixth time this year in Moscow. The Mimic and Gesture Theater presents many performances from different cities of Russia, as well as from other countries such as Armenia and Belarus. All actors are Deaf and perform their performances in sign language.
During 10-11 November, there was the First International Film Festival of the Deaf called “Della Award”, held at Potsdam, Germany. The film festival was held at an old and famous film studio “Babelsberg”, also known as “German Hollywood” in America. Many films by Deaf people were selected and 8 prizes were awarded for best male and female actor, best film and others.