Recently, I have been seeing people wearing the “Help Mark” at train stations and in the city.
From an able-bodied person’s point of view, I’m a little confused as to who the mark is for.
I actually don’t know about “help marks” because I had never seen many of them. Do you know about it, Usa-chan?
I actually just recently started knowing about it. Since I commute to work at the station, I often see people with the “Help Mark” on the train, through the station ticket gates, and on the streets, and that’s how I came to know about it. I want everyone to know about it, so I’ll introduce it to you.
- What kind of consideration should I give to a person wearing a help mark when I see him or her?
- Who can receive the Help Mark?
- Where can I get a Help Mark?
- Do people with disabilities have “help marks”?
What kind of consideration should I give to a person wearing a help mark when I see him or her?
The “help mark,” a mark with a red heart and a plus, has recently been seen at train stations.
Although it is difficult to see the disability from the outside, it is a mark that informs people that they need to be taken into consideration.
The Help Mark is intended for “those who need assistance and consideration and wish to receive it, such as those who use artificial legs or joints, those with internal disabilities or intractable diseases, and those in the first trimester of pregnancy. However, there are no specific standards for physical functions, etc.” “In distributing the Help Marks, we give consideration to the smooth use of the Marks by those who need them, and we give them to those who request them without the need to present any specific documents, etc.” “As with the Maternity Marks, we do not require any specific documents, etc. As with the maternity mark, the help mark will be given to those who have a family member present on their behalf.Wikipedia
The service started in October 2012. I heard that the service was started in October 2012.
Now to the main question.
What kind of consideration should we give to those who wear the “Help Mark” when we see them?
I will explain.
There are three major types.
Give up your seat on trains and buses.
Consideration for people who appear healthy but have difficulty maintaining their posture, such as those who get tired easily or have difficulty holding on to the strap.
Talking to people at train stations, commercial facilities, etc.
Consideration for people who have difficulty responding flexibly to sudden events such as transportation accidents, and people who have difficulty standing up, walking, climbing stairs, etc.
Help for safe evacuation in the event of a disaster
Consideration for people who have difficulty grasping the situation, such as the visually impaired and hearing impaired, and people who have difficulty evacuating quickly on their own, such as the physically challenged.
We would be grateful if you could provide such services.
Recently, they have been posted in the corridors and elevators of train stations.
I’m grateful for the people who call on me so often in the city. I appreciate it very much every time.
But there are times when I am a little vague. For example, when I’m at a vending machine and someone says, “Can I help you? or when I’m waiting in a parking lot marked “wheelchair accessible,” “Do you need any help? When I am waiting in a parking lot marked with a wheelchair, I am sometimes asked, “Do you have any trouble?
You’re right, I don’t want to be abstract. I’m very happy to hear from you.
I understand that there are times when a healthy person may not understand what I specifically “want you to do.” I understand that sometimes it is difficult to understand from the point of view of an able-bodied person. I feel that this is sometimes the case.
I see. When would you be grateful for help, Usa-chan?
For example, since I am in a wheelchair, I would appreciate it if someone could pick up my handkerchief or other things when I drop them in town, or if someone would carry my wheelchair with me when I couldn’t get into a store because of a step, or if I am going by in my wheelchair and the aisle is too narrow and I get stuck in my wheelchair and I have to get off the shelf. I sometimes drop items from the store. It would be nice if someone notices that and puts it back, or if someone calls out to me when I want to look at an item on a high shelf and says, “Shall I pick it up for you? I’m also happy to hear them say, “Shall I take it?
I see. I have found that there are many things I just can’t do when I am in a wheelchair. It is difficult to pick up dropped items, and there are products in places I can’t reach, you know.
I think it is a good thing that we are seeing the “Help Mark” more and more, and I think it is a good thing to wear it confidently on your bag or something, without hiding it. I want you to help me. I think it is good for the world to be able to say, “I have a disability and would like to ask for help. I am glad that we live in a world where people can easily say, “I have a disability.
When I was a student, I did not see any “help marks.
I also see “Maternity Marks” nowadays. Since you are a pregnant woman, please give up your seat as much as possible.
Who can receive the Help Mark?
The Help Mark is intended for people who need assistance or consideration and wish to receive it, such as those who use artificial legs or joints, those with internal disabilities or intractable diseases, and those in the early stages of pregnancy.
However, there are no specific standards for physical functions, etc. We also need to take measures to prevent the system from being abused.
Where can I get a Help Mark?
Please check at each place of residence as it may vary by prefecture or city.
Upon request, the following offices distribute these materials
・Disability Health and Welfare Section of each municipality
・Prefectural Health and Welfare Center
The example is for Chiba Prefecture. Please refer to the links below.
In my city, we have a
The “Strap-type Help Mark” is issued by the
・Elderly and Disability Support Section, Health and Welfare Center of each ward
・Health Division, Health and Welfare Center of each ward
・Services and Supports for Persons with Disabilities Division
・Disability Consultation Center
・City Welfare Center for Persons with Disabilities
・Manned monorail stations (●● stations)
Do people with disabilities have “help marks”?
I have used a wheelchair a lot since I was a student and occasionally used a cane.
By the way, does Usa-chan have a “Help Mark”?
I have always been in a wheelchair, so I had never received the “Help Mark” because people around me would often call out to me without bothering to wear it. I also didn’t know where I could get one.
I agree with Usa-chan. It’s just that you can tell from the outside so you don’t need to bother with it.
I have ridden the train with a “cane” instead of a wheelchair, and this is the same as the wheelchair thing, because I know that it is hard to stand for a long time because you have some kind of limp because you have a “cane” on. However, this is just my example, and there are many people who wear a “wheelchair or cane” because they can get support from others if they wear a wheelchair.
On the other hand, there are people who don’t wear the “Help Mark” because they don’t want to be involved in an incident or have others think they are strange, or as I said, there are people who don’t wear the mark if they can tell from their appearance that they are disabled. It really depends on the person.
I see. It’s true that some people don’t wear “help marks” because “wheelchairs and canes” show that they have some kind of disability on the outside. Thanks for making this a blog post that gives even able-bodied people a chance to know.
What kind of consideration should I give to a person wearing a help mark when I see him or her? The following is a brief summary of what you should do.
・Give up your seat on trains and buses
・Talk to them at train stations, commercial facilities, etc.
・Assistance in evacuating safely in the event of a disaster
Did you understand the “Help Mark” which is not visible on the outside but requires some kind of consideration? If you see one on the street, please give it to them or actively talk to them.