The regional welfare forum took place in Nagano Prefecture on October 24, and about 110 people such as the welfare workers attended.
They discussed the support to persons with disabilities in 3 sessions; the employment, the group home, and the leisure activity.
One of members of the Kamiina Society of the Deaf appealed for the necessity of the group home for the Deaf seniors, using the slide, etc. in the session on the group home.
She gave advantages with the group home. "By building it, Deaf people will help one another, share understanding, receive the appropriate care, etc".
There are only ten group homes for the Deaf in the country according to the society of the deaf.