Deaf can now follow popular radio show

Reshet Bet current affairs program is being video-taped, broadcast live on Israel Broadcasting Authority website, with simultaneous translation into sign language.

March 19, 2012 03:57
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Deaf and hearing-impaired people in Israel can now “listen” to the popular radio show Hakol Diburim (It’s All Talk).

The Reshet Bet current affairs program is being video-taped and broadcast live on the Israel Broadcasting Authority website, with simultaneous translation into sign language.

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There are approximately 700,000 deaf and hearing-impaired people in Israel, according to the Association of the Deaf. Some local television programs have been making provisions for them with small, on-screen images of a person simultaneously translating the audio portion of the show into sign language. Up until today, however, they did not have access to radio programs.

The radio broadcast is being offered in conjunction with the start of a national six-day fund-raiser for the benefit of the Association of the Deaf.

The Education Ministry is permitting students to absent themselves from the classroom in order to participate in the collection campaign.

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