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Turkey’s first “Hearing Impaired Communication Center” will be opened

The “Communication Center for the Hearing Impaired” (FAMILY) will be opened under the Ministry of Family and Social Services in order for hearing impaired citizens to benefit from interpreting services in the areas they need in their daily lives, in their interactions with public institutions and organizations and other institutions and individuals.

According to the data of the Ministry of Family and Social Services, Center for Unhindered Access, Population and Housing Research, there are 836 thousand people who are deaf and hard of hearing, and its ratio to the total population is stated as 1.1%.

According to the National Disability Data System, the number of hearing-impaired people registered and alive in the system is 228 thousand 589.

Being the first in this field in Turkey, FAMILY will provide services throughout the country and in the TRNC for all hearing-impaired citizens to benefit from translation services in the areas they need in their interactions with public institutions and organizations and in their daily lives.

Hearing-impaired citizens who apply to the center from all provinces, districts, villages and towns, prefer Turkish sign language as the communication language, and those who want to communicate with these citizens will be able to receive service from the community call center.

With the call center to be established by the Ministry, the communication needs of all hearing-impaired citizens will be met independently of their families and close circles in areas outside the scope of other call centers.

The call center to be established by the Ministry will cover communication needs that may arise in other areas of life such as notary public, courthouse, security, education, transportation, goods and services.

In this context, for example, a hearing-impaired parent will be able to get support from the call center when they want to communicate with their child’s teacher or when the teacher wants to communicate with a hearing-impaired parent.

When hearing-impaired citizens want to order food, they will be able to receive support from this center 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

“10 TURKISH SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETERS WILL BE EMPLOYED”

A Turkish sign language interpreter will be recruited for the Hearing Impaired Communication Center affiliated to the Ministry of Family and Social Services.

10 Turkish sign language interpreters will be employed to be assigned to the Ministry of Family and Social Services Barrier-Free Access Center to be opened in Ankara under the Ministry.

Applications will continue until July 5th. Persons who fill out the required form can submit their applications personally to the Ministry of Family and Social Services or to the address “engelliyasli.sehkd@ailevecalisma.gov.tr”.

Applicants whose applications are approved will be interviewed at the Ministry building on 8 July.

The conditions of “being a citizen of the Republic of Turkey”, “not having completed the age of 18”, “not having completed the age of 45”, “not having any military service for male candidates or having postponed for at least 2 years” will be sought. Applicants will be required to meet the conditions set in Article 48 of the Civil Servants Law No. 657, “at least a high school graduate”, “to have a minimum score of 60 and above in the Turkish Sign Language Proficiency Exam (TIDYES)”.

For application, TIDYES result document, original or photocopy of graduation certificate, curriculum vitae and application form must be filled.

Source: Sabah / Translated by Irem Yildiz

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