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Institute for Japanese Studies Lecture: "Disability and Japan"


Thursday, January 09, 2020, 3:30PM - 5:00PM


The Institute for Japanese Studies presents, "Disability and Japan" by Hisae Miyauchi, Ohio State visiting scholar in the College of Education and Human Ecology, and assistant professor at the University of Tsukuba.

Inclusiveness and the harmonious aspects of Japan have fascinated national and international scholars. For example, as far back as the 14th century, many men and women with visual impairment were economically independent and actively engaged in society. They were able to do so by attaining social recognition as musicians or acupuncturists. However, when we look at the current education for children with disabilities in Japan, the inclusive aspect may be questionable. Today, expanding “inclusive education” --which embraces having all children including those with disabilities learn in local schools-- is a global agenda. Although the right of all children to learn in an inclusive setting is recognized in Japan, the number of children with severe sensory impairment learning in separate or non-inclusive settings is much higher than either the U.S. or the U.K. In this presentation, the current education in Japan and some factors that complicate the inclusion of children will be highlighted.

This event is free and open to the public.

Location : 025 Hayes Hall
Contact : East Asian Studies Center

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