National welfare conference for Japanese hard of hearing held in Okayama City

The 15th National Welfare Conference for the Deafened and Hard of Hearing Persons was held in Okayama City, a western part of Japan, for two days from November 1, 2008.

It was sponsored by the All Japan Federation of Organizations of the Deafened and Hard of Hearing Persons.

On the first day, there were sessions on education and marriage issues. About 500 concerned persons participated. They shared the experiences and discussed.

In the session on education for the hard of hearing persons, Prof. Shoichiro Fukuda of the Kawasaki University of Medical Welfare emphasized that it is important that the society should not be specially much conscious about persons with disabilities who receive various services.

Tomoko Uchida, a teacher of hard of hearing children in the mainstreaming setting, reported on her approach adopted when her students participated in the classroom activities with hearing children.

Source: Sanyo Shimbun, Nov. 2, 2003
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