March 8, 2012
Hiroshima Jogakuin University (Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima Prefecture) established the Higher Education for Students with Disabilities Support Research Institute, which studies the educational method for a student with disability such as visual impairment, deaf/hard of hearing, or a developmental disease.
The research institute starts full-fledged research in April with about ten teachers, and advances environmental improvement in order to meets the educational needs of a student with disability.
The teachers will take the lead, conducting basic research and clinical testing. For example, the class which a Deaf student attends will be provided with a device displayed in written form to check how much he understands it.
The University has supported individually the student with disability until now, and will enrich an academic environment as a whole to meet diversification of the support needs.
In the 2012 fiscal year, at least one student with visual impairment and a physical disability respectively will be accepted at a time.
Professor Yamashita Kyoko, a clinical psychologist, of the department of literature who will serve as an institute director is saying, "We would like fully to support the student who is eager and capable irrespective of the kind of disability."
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