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IU-Verdes requests public address systems adapted for the hearing impaired in public spaces (11/10/2017)

Adoración Peñas, a councilor of IU-Verdes, has asked the mayor to have a public address system that transmits the signal directly to digital hearing aids, so that all people with hearing problems can attend the theater performances and follow the interventions in public acts like people who hear perfectly.

The mayor explained that the public address system is equipped with special cables that forms a "magnetic induction loop," so that people with hearing problems add their hearing aids to that system to receive the sound with total clarity.

In the same way that the regulations have been adapted to improve the accessibility of persons with reduced mobility for wheelchair access, or to harmonize speeches with sign language through interpreters, he points out that it is common sense and social justice that it also adapts public and municipal spaces where cultural and / or social activities such as the War Theater, the cultural center, the plenary hall or the conference halls of the city, are developed for the hearing impaired.

Peñas has stated that there are many experiences in this area in various Spanish cities, from large cities that have this system in all its public bodies, theaters, fairs, congresses and auditoriums, to smaller cities that have also opted to facilitate the integration of citizens with hearing disabilities, the most recent case being that of the municipality of Zamora, who only needed to invest 7,000 euros to install in the two most important municipal spaces in the city.

The mayor stressed that this is a minimum investment for a maximum benefit, since it is to enable people with hearing problems that can be part of society again, removing barriers to avoid situations of marginalization and social isolation which causes the hearing deficit.

From IU-Greens ask the government team to take into consideration this request, being able to make the investment progressively, beginning with the War Theater and the Cultural Center in a first phase and being able to expand to other spaces such as exhibition and conference rooms, cinemas (by agreement with the town hall or similar formula), etc.

Source: IU-verdes Lorca

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