ONCiTY: The video game that makes us equal
Teaching materials for primary and special education

2. Hearing impairment

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Mayor of the ONCITY video game

Welcome to Oncity, a city built on the pillars of Inclusion, respect and empathy!

Our citizens are concerned about the common well-being, which is why they have learned different ways of communicating to ensure everyone understands each other.

Our streets and buildings are meant for everyone and they have accessible and acoustic features that make it easy for hearing impaired people to be independent when moving around Oncity.

Our community is very diverse!

We have a command of several communication systems, depending on the type of deafness we have, that enable us to obtain and exchange information.

These augmentative and alternative communication systems are known as AACS

Hearing impaired character from the ONCITY video game

There are several communication systems, such as sign language (SL). We have a manual (or finger) alphabet, in which each hand gesture is a letter. We use our hands and gestures to communicate words and form phrases. In addition, the gestures and movements in sign language convey actions, opinions and feelings. Each country has its own sign language.

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  • Labio-facial Reading involves reading the speakers lips. That's why it's important to face the speaker so that you can see what they are saying.
  • Complemented reading relies on facial gestures that give visual support to lip reading to help distinguish some sounds.
  • Hearing aids and cochlear implants do not restore hearing, but they make it easier for us to hear ambient sounds or reach a standard hearing level.

What does mobility need to be accessible?

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  • Bus and train stops have warning lights, both at stops and inside buses and underground trains.
  • Travel information, bus numbers, stops, arrival times, etc. are inserted into a magnetic loop that connects wirelessly to hearing aids and cochlear implants worn by the deaf or hard of hearing.

How can we make shopping accessible?

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  • Texts on panels, posters, etc. are adapted for easy reading. This easy reading ensures accessibility of information.
  • Main access points and lifts have warning lights to warn that doors are opening.
  • The wireless Magnetic Loop provides the necessary information about sales aisles and shelves to people who have cochlear implants or hearing aids.
  • Products have Quick Response (QR) codes on their labels.

How can we make studying accessible?

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  • Sign Language (SL) is a subject taught from early childhood.
  • Physical education and extracurricular activities are inclusive.
  • Teachers supplement their explanations with subtitles and texts printed for easy reading. They also use relief and manipulation materials.
  • Teachers have different ways of teaching and presenting subjects and the activities to be carried out in diverse ways. They call it /strong> Universal Design for Learning.
  • The main entrances have acoustic warnings to warn when doors are opening.
  • Entrances have ramps and itineraries are marked on floors of playgrounds and halls.

How can we make culture accessible?

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  • All information about public buildings and museums is recorded in a magnetic loop. This is transmitted directly to hearing aids and cochlear implants worn by people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
  • The rooms in museums have textual information to allow people who are deaf to tour them independently.
  • Theatres have signoguides to help people with hearing disabilities enjoy the performances.
  • Signoguides are media players with sign language and subtitles videos.
  • Theatres and entertainment venues reserve the first rows of seats so that deaf and hearing impaired customers can read the performers lips during the play or show.
  • Theatres can include subtitling in plays and communicative mediation resources in the case of sign language proficiency, which is far more accessible to the person.
  • Cinemas adapt the films they show with subtitling .
  • Concert halls have vibration transmitters to help people with hearing impairments enjoy music.

How can we make carrying out formalities more accessible?

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  • All public buildings are equipped with visual alarms for emergency warnings.
  • The city's public services are equipped with inclusive technologies: the text phone, a telephone intermediation service, and the SL video-interpretation, which is a virtual platform, accessible via the Internet, mobile phones, video-phone, etc.
  • Many of the city council and public utility staff know the language