After retirement, TAKADA Keiichi (63), a former teacher of the Prefecture Tottori School for the Deaf in Tottori-shi, Tottori Prefecture, had learned that some of his former students led student life in disappointment. Only a few universities offer the note-taking service by the university personnel.
Keiichi did not want these Deaf students feel miserable or frustrated with study, starting a project in October, 2008 to interview and take photos of Deaf university students to find out in order to get many people interested in their actual environment.
Keiichi has already met about 50 Deaf students at 19 universities in 15 prefectures. He will visit more Deaf students at universities in the area hit by the Great East Japan Earthquake in the near future.
He said, "there are 1000 or more Deaf students attending colleges/universities in the whole country, but their serious issues are seldom known. I hope my project will help their academic environment improve."