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"How should we support students with disabilities?: Symposium at Ritsumeikan University"

The Kyoto Shimbun Morning Edition:26 September 27, 2009

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@A symposium was held at Suzaku Campus of Ritsumeikan University on September 26, 2009 in order to talk about supports or challenges to university students with disabilities. The university students with developmental disorder or with internal impediment talked about difficulties of having their university life and what disability was.
@The symposium was a part of the 6th Annual Convention of Japan Society of Disability Studies which lasted until September 27. The four panelists came from a university student or person with developmental disorder or mental disorder who have not received support compared with ones with visual, hearing and physical disabilities, and a student with heart disease etc.
@According to HIRAI Yusuke, who has developmental disorder, he was told "Don't skip class", "You behave as if it were somebody else's problem" or "You are a wise guy" when he consulted teachers about his difficulties of attending classes etc. due to luck of concentration etc. KURATA Mizuho, who has heart disease, reported about the process of setting up a student group for students with internal impediment. She said, "I feel depressed because there is no place for me at Support Center for Students with Disabilities or among normal students. I would like to improve my communication skill so that I can tell others specifically what I would like them to do."
@GOTO Yoshihiko, who works as a volunteer coordinator for students with disabilities at university, said, "Although the number of efforts for supporting students with developmental disorder at university has been increasing, they are made so that faculty can manage students."


UPFOctober 6, 2009@REV:
*Preparer and Translation: KATAOKA Minoru
žArchive@ žThe 6th Annual Convention of Japan Society of Disability Studies