See below for information about our program.
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This program aims to provide an opportunity for young people with disabilities who wish to become community leaders in Asian and the Pacific countries/regions. It was first initiated in 1999 as a project commemorating the United Nations Asian and Pacific Decade of Disabled Persons (1993-2002).
The uniqueness of this invitation program is that the applicants do not need any official recommendation from the government or other organizations, and that it is completely open to anyone, without any restrictions on educational or occupational backgrounds. In addition, the training period of around ten months is conducted in Japanese or Japanese sign language so that the trainees can deepen understand Japan and Japanese culture.
Besides, since trainees from different countries/regions study together, they can build up network beyond the different types of disability, thus they are expected to become active leaders in the future.
Around 10 months (from the beginning of September to the middle of June of a following year)
Asia and the Pacific, excluding Australia and New Zealand
A maximum of 10 people
The Executive Committee screen all application forms and nominate candidates. Afterwards the Committee members interview the candidates in their own countries/regions and taking into consideration the results of the interviews, the Committee finally selects the trainees.
After arrival, for about three months the trainees take language lessons, which aims to be able to communicate in either Japanese or Japanese sign language.
The trainees understand the current situation of welfare services for persons with disabilities in Japan through lecture and observation of policy of persons with disabilities, history and the current situation of disability movement in Japan, social environment surrounding persons with disabilities, and education/employment/social services for persons with disabilities.
Moreover, through exchanging opinion and sharing the experiences with other trainees and Japanese persons concerned, trainees improve their leadership skills. Besides, trainees learn how to write proposal, presentation skills and how to make a report.
According to the each trainee’s request, the trainees receive practical training at facilities and organizations in various places in Japan where they can learn what they are interested in and what they need to know.
The trainees have opportunity to participate in various kinds of events and sports competitions in order to gain the knowledge of disability-related areas. In addition, as a part of experience of Japanese culture, homestay program is provided.
Japanese or Japanese sign language in principle.
The trainees stay at the Toyama Sunrise hotel, where JSRPD is located, while they are taking language lessons. During the individual training period, each trainee stays at a different facility.
The Duskin Ainowa Foundation
The Japanese Society for Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities
|Syunji KADOTA||President, NPO Mainstream Association|
|Kiyoshi KAWAGUCHI||Visiting Researcher, National Museum of Ethnology|
|Hiroshi KAWAMURA||Vice Chairperson, NPO Assistive Technology Development Organization|
|Yasunori SHIMAMOTO||Director, Japanese Federation of the Deaf|
|Akira TERASHIMA||Advisor, Japanese Society for Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities|
|Misako NOMURA||Advisor, Japanese Society for Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities|
|Michio MURASE||Koyukai Light Friend Association|
|Kazuhiko YAMAGUCHI||Executive Director, Approved Specified Nonprofit Corporation – TOMO|
|Advisor||Yutaka OSUGI||Assistant Professor, Center for Higher Education for Persons with Disabilities, Tsukuba University of Technology|