JFD's National Conference of the Deaf: discussion on the role of the school for the Deaf

June 12, 2011

At the 59th National Conference of the Deaf sponsored by the Japanese Federation of the Deaf in Saga City, the sessions divided into five themes as follows offered the opportunity of the discussions on June 11.

1. Deaf movement
2. Sign language
3. Organization newspaper
4. Education
5. Information-communication technology

A close ceremony was performed on June 12 with the resolutions adopted and other announcements, etc.

The number of cases where the deaf child goes to the mainstreaming program has increased. In the Education Session, teachers and researchers discussed the role of the school for the deaf and the prospectives under the topic entitled, "the current situation and problems that the deaf child has been confronted."

The teachers and the principal from the school for the deaf in Saga and Nagasaki prefectures, respectively, reported the decrease trend in the number of the Deaf children enrolled.

On the other hand, a special assistant of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology showed the data on a national trend; "About 20 percent of the elementary school children transferred to the mainstreaming program, while about 30 percent of the middle school students are transferred from the mainstreaming program." He explained the reason for such a trend is due to the student who academically doesn't achieve or who is unable to cope with an interpersonal relationship."

Professor OTA Tomio of Fukuoka University of Education stated, "Such a quiet Deaf child who is doing with other children with disabilities likely fails to get attention from the teacher." He advised, "To provide a central function of the deaf education, the school for the deaf should remain open."


http://mainichi.jp/area/saga/news/20110612ddlk41040222000c.html

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