Deaf group manages the private study program for the Deaf/deaf children in Fukuoka Prefecture

Anna Ichikawa, Saki Yamaguchi, and Izumi Honda (from the left) share the management of the private schooling program based on individual teaching.

April 11, 2014

After starting the NPO organization, "Disability Mutual Support Center MCP," which was formed by a deaf woman and her friends, the steady activity to support Deaf/deaf children and persons to learn is continued.

Their aim is promoting the environmental development which helps a Deaf/deaf person study better in an institution of higher education, such as a university and a junior college.

In February, 2012,  Yamaguchi Saki (山口沙希), 24, launched MCP with her college classmate Honda Izumi (本田いずみ). Honda used to be a  note-taker for Yamaguchi during their college days. Honda declined the informally arranged job and began activity. Later Honda's childhood friend and a Tokyo native, Ichikawa Anna (市川杏奈), 22, who has given up the dream as a flutist for sudden deafness.

MCP's learning support class called the "Miko Club" focuses on the original subject "Japanese" through one by one which the student learns how to use a particle, an honorific, reading ability, etc. MCP says if "Japanese language level" is improved, it would lead to the general improvement in academic ability including such like an arithmetical question in text can also be solved.

The class has been opened in Fukuoka, Saga, etc. in the southern island, currently for 13 children and adults aged from 4 to 20's. 

The three women live together in Onojo-shi, Fukuoka Prefecture in spite of opposition from their parents, respectively. Annual activity expenses are about 3 million yen. Although the Miko Club is the activity which depends only for cost prices, such as teaching-materials expenses, on a subsidy or contribution, MCP declares, "There is value in doing this even if a life is severe."

Yamaguchi can lipread so well with the result of training that she had a hard time in getting support, etc. MCP holds a meeting on note taking/CART, in an effort to increase more awareness in a university, etc. Yet the concern of the university in Kyushu, Japan's southern island is thin.

For this reason, MPC changed to put importance on the individual study support program to the children and students from primary school to high school. "We would like to advance environmental management for more children to enter a school of higher grade." One of the former students achieved entrance into a university in Kyushu this spring.

"We would like to make it the society which compromises mutually regardless of any disability." The three women's challenge continues while weaving in sign language and spoken language.

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