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Deaf university graduate hired as a teacher aid at alma mater in Kumamoto Prefecture
Sumiyoshi Shota trains his student how to draft. (photo: http://kumanichi.com/)
May 4, 2012
Sumiyoshi Shota (22), who graduated
from the Kumamoto Prefecture Kumamoto School for the Deaf, has started
to teach at the alma mater for a new post as a teacher aid this spring.
He passed the employment
examination succefully, starting instruction in a classroom. He
brightens eyes, saying "I want to show the young students that they can
be independent even if with disability."
Shota uses sign language and
writing for communication with hearing people. He attended the
mainstream program until the junior high school, and he went to the
school for the deaf as a high school student, because, as he says, "I
didn't want to be treated as a special student who requires help from
the teacher, but wanted to spend a student life with other students
equally." The dream of Shota's that time was
becoming a designer and building a house for his parents. While he
studied at the Tsukuba University of Technology located in Tsukuba-shi,
Ibaraki Prefecture, the thought that he would contribute to independence
of those who are disabled like himself also swelled every year.
When Shota visited the alma mater
to discuss his future career last spring, he was suggested by the
teacher about the position of a "teacher aid," and opted for taking an
examination. As a result of hard study, Shota
was the first successful candidate by the special selection frame for
persons with disabilities introduced by Kumamoto Prefecture Education
Board in the 2010 fiscal year. Shota says that he would acquire a
teacher's license and become a class room teacher in the future. "There
are also many things which can be carried out in spite of deafness. I
want my students to believe their possibility and to do their best
toward a dream."