I am confused by the QR quarantine pass for the visually impaired… “I feel alienated”

“It is difficult to verify the QR code without help. I’ve been traveling alone a lot less.”

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 QR codes. 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 want the vaccination hospital to issue it right away,” he said.

The same goes for vaccination stickers. “To get a sticker, you have to visit a community center or public health center to get it,” he said. There must be a way to simplify it,” he pointed out.

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 uses a wheelchair said, “I recently lined up to enter a department store, and the kiosk was too high, so I got help from the staff. I pray,” he said.

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

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.

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.

“In Korea, the Disability Discrimination Act was enacted 14 years ago, but it is regrettable that it is only at a declarative level,” said Kim Ye-won, a lawyer at the Disabled Persons Rights Law Center. “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 launch a product.


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