Disappointed with the QR quarantine pass for the visually impaired… “I feel alienated” (Comprehensive) :: Empathy Media Newsis News Agency ::

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“It is difficult to issue a certificate for the visually impaired”
Wheelchair, thermal imaging camera not at height
“Most of the non-disabled people feel alienated”
Government “A matter for business owners to decide”

[서울=뉴시스] Reporter Baek Dong-hyun = A customer is authenticating a quarantine pass at a restaurant in downtown Seoul on the morning of the 3rd, when the validity period of the COVID-19 vaccination certificate and negative confirmation system (prevention pass) was implemented. 2022.01.03. [email protected]

[서울=뉴시스] Reporter Junho Lee = “It is difficult to verify the QR code without help. The number of times I travel alone has decreased a lot.”

With the recent strengthening of the quarantine pass, QR code authentication has become a natural daily routine when entering restaurants and cafes. However, most quarantine pass policies are based on non-disabled people, so it was found that disabled people are experiencing inconvenience. There are voices calling for measures to increase accessibility for people with disabilities.

Lee Yeon-joo, director of policy at the Korea Association for the Blind, told Newsis on the 3rd, “In the case of the visually impaired, they cannot scan the QR code. told

He said that the inconvenience has been aggravated by the recent strengthening of the quarantine pass.

Policy Office Director Lee said, “There are people who cannot use smartphones, such as the disabled and the elderly, and these people must obtain an inoculation certificate or sticker to use the quarantine pass. As before, I would like the inoculation hospital to issue it immediately,” he said.

The same goes for vaccination stickers. He pointed out, “To get a sticker, you have to visit a community center or a public health center to get it.”

There is also a story that a dedicated terminal for QR authentication is set as the standard for non-disabled people, so they feel alienated.

A 34-year-old aunt who rides in a wheelchair said, “I recently lined up to enter a department store, but the kiosk was too high, so I got help from the staff.” I pray,” he said.

“There are cases where thermal imaging cameras that measure body temperature do not recognize the height of the wheelchair,” he added.

The government drew a line saying that it is a matter for individual businesses to decide.

A government official said, “We have not prepared guidelines for the installation space of terminals,” and “I think it is a matter of considering customer convenience and service at the level of business sites.”

He added, “It is a matter for the business owner to decide,” he added.

The expert pointed out that an environment in which people with disabilities can enjoy on an equal basis with non-disabled people should be considered in the first place.

Kim Ye-won, a lawyer at the Center for the Rights of the Disabled, said, “In Korea, the Disability Discrimination Act was enacted 14 years ago, but it is disappointing that it is only at a declarative level.” “It is not working at all in real life.”

He added, “In the United States and the United States, it is necessary to take into account the disabled when developing applications, in order to be able to release a product,” he said.

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