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Learning Support Techniques of IT Communication for Patients with Intractable Diseases and People with Severe Disabilities

February 19, 2011
Soshikan Building, Kinugasa Campus, Ritsumeikan University
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■Communication Support Program for Patients with Intractable Diseases and People with Severe Disabilities

Learning Support Techniques of IT Communication for Patients with Intractable Diseases and People with Severe Disabilities

■Date & Place

Date:February 19, 2011 (Saturday) 14:00 - 17:00 (Doors Open at 13:30)
Place:# 401 / 402, Soshikan Building, Kinugasa Campus, Ritsumeikan University

★Time Table

13:30 -  Doors Open
14:00 -  Opening Remarks
14:15 - 15:00 About Portable Assist Devices for Conversation (Text Board, Let's Chat, etc)
15:05 - 16:00 About Den-No-Kokoro and Ope-Navi
16:05 - 17:00 About Devices of Hearty Ladder and Switch & Qs and As

With taking breaks occasionally, participants touch the devices as much as possible.

※Access to Ritsumeikan University

Access

■Free of Charge / Advance Application is Required(Capacity: 30 First-come-first-served basis)
 Application→ E-mail switch2008.com@gmail.com ※Convert @ to @
 TEL 090-9703-7873 (HOTTA)

■Instructors

NISHINA Emiko (Information & Communication Technology Rescue Team)
IMAI Keiji (Information & Communication Technology Rescue Team)

■Event Purpose:

For patients with intractable diseases or people with severe disabilities who have difficulties in moving their own bodies, communication is more important than those who do not have any disabilities in order to let others know their needs of body or how to care. Moreover, those who have higher needs to let others know their own intentions have difficulties making communication. There are various techniques or devices to reduce their difficulties. In particular, IT technology can broaden their possibilities significantly.

This time, we have a program that aims at learning knowhow and the knack of communication support for patients with intractable diseases or people with severe disabilities using a letter board and IT technology etc. The two instructors have engaged in support activities for particularly patients with ALS and currently visit all over Japan in order to hold "NEC Communication Support Programs for Patients with Intractable Diseases," serving as core members of "ICT Rescue Team" in Tokyo.

We strongly believe this program will offer many hints for you to overcome daily difficulties or barriers. We encourage the involved persons and their families as well as supporters to attend to this informative event.

■Profile of Instructors

Information & Communication Technology (ICT) Rescue Team, Incorporated Nonprofit Organization……
ICT Rescue Team is an incorporated nonprofit organization pursuing communication support for patients with intractable diseases and people with severe disabilities using information and communication technology.

In collaboration with NEC, we have held "Communication Support Programs for Patients with Intractable Diseases" in various regions. In cooperation with ALS/MND Support Center Sakura-kai (NPO), we have also been in charge of communication support programs of the training course for care attendants for patients with intractable diseases or people with severe disabilities, which is titled "Evolving Care."

In addition, we have conducted volunteer activities in such organizations as Shinayaka-Net (NPO) and Shinagawa IT Supporters. ICT Rescue Team has also offered programs and training courses of volunteer PC instructors for not only people with disabilities but also the IT-disadvantaged including aged people. Cooperating with NEC, and Big Issue Japan Foundation (NPO) that supports self-reliance of the homeless, we have held PC learning programs for the homeless.

■Brief Report

Thrity people participated in this event and it ended with success.

The participants experienced Let's Chat, Den-No-Kokoro and Ope-Navi as well as communication via text board. Since many of the participants are supporters or patients' families, they had these experiences actively. Also, Nanbyo Center in Kyoto Prefecture cooperated with this event.

Some of the comments of the partcipants include "We would like to have the same event again," "We would like to have a series of events on this theme," "We would like to have a seminar on how to make a switch."

■Pictures

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■Hosts

IT Support Division of Specified Nonprofit Corporation "Ar" (Commonly called "Study Group on Switch")

Incorporated Nonprofit Organization "Ar"

※This event is supported by Welfare And Medical Service Agency (WAM), Independent Administrative Agency
※Cooperation:Global COE program Ars Vivendi, MEXT, Japan


UP:April 4, 2011
Translation by TAMURA Noriko
Proofread by KATAOKA Minoru
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