At a welfare facility in Kita-ku, Kobe, the first trial of a former facility director accused of assault for hitting the face of a junior high school girl with intellectual disabilities was held at the Kobe District Court, and the former facility director admitted to the content of the indictment.
Yokohama City announced the infection of 67 people. At a group home for the disabled, where two infected people had been discovered, a mass inspection on the 13th revealed that a total of 11 staff and users were infected, forming a cluster.
As the spread of the new coronavirus spreads the impact on employment, the number of people with disabilities who have been dismissed from companies has risen to about 1,200 in the six months to September, an increase of about 40% compared to the same period last year, according to the summary by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.
A symposium was held to think about the worries of siblings of people with disabilities, sharing experiences about how parents tended to be interested in children with disabilities and their siblings feel alienated, as well as the difficulty of supporting their families.
“The number of “unmanned stations” without station staff all day long has risen to more than 4,500 stations, which is close to half of the stations nationwide, and is still increasing. Under such circumstances, there are issues such as assistance to people with disabilities, so the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism has set up a study group and started discussions for improvement.”
Nishinomiya City announced that it was confirmed that six people, including users and staff, were infected with the new coronavirus at facilities for the disabled in the city
It is assumed that a cluster has occurred, and a PCR test will be conducted on about 150 people including all users and staff.
In a recent interview with Kyodo News, Misato Michishita, who holds the marathon world record for the women’s T12 class, said her single-minded obsession with Paralympic gold is what has kept her going for the last six months amid coronavirus-related restrictions.
A former employee of the facility was arrested by the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department for sexually assaulting a girl with intellectual disabilities who attended a facility in Katsushika-ku, Tokyo, and for taking a picture of the situation with a smartphone.
A camera in the facility shows multiple residents being assaulted, and a survey by Nishinomiya City revealed damage to a total of 10 men and women in their 20s and 50s in about a month. According to the city, the suspect admitted to the abuse and said, “I was busy and stressed by the new coronavirus.”
Yokohama City announced the infection of 42 people. A man in his 40s who used a facility for the disabled in the city was found to be infected, and the total number of infected people at this facility was four. It was also found that four women in their 40s who lived with the facility were infected on the 8th.
On October 7th, groups of people with disabilities in the city gathered in front of the city hall to hold an opposition rally about the “Osaka Metropolis Plan” to abolish Osaka City and reorganize it into four special wards. Approximately 200 people with disabilities in wheelchairs handed out fliers, saying that there was a risk of disparity in the welfare services received by the special wards, and protested that “declining services are directly linked to life.”
A social welfare corporation in this eastern Japan city that manages day care centers for people with disabilities and other institutions is reported to have canceled care for four residents whose families sought an improvement in services, the Mainichi Shimbun has learned from the city government and other connected persons.
A survey conducted by the Japan Guide Dog Association revealed that the spread of the new coronavirus has also caused problems in the lives of visually impaired people who use guide dogs. The plight of people with disabilities who find it inconvenient to wear a mask or to keep a distance from people has become clear.
A male employee in his thirties working at a support facility for persons with disabilities in Nishinomiya City has been disciplined and dismissed for repeated abuses such as hitting multiple residents and holding their face against the floor.
Many elderly people have not increased the frequency of going out even after the government fully lifted its state of emergency over the coronavirus in late May, causing adverse effects on their willingness to live, according to the survey.
The estimated number of people aged 65 or older in Japan stood at 36.17 million as of Tuesday, accounting for 28.7 pct of the nation’s total population, with both figures hitting record highs, an internal affairs ministry survey showed Sunday. The survey results were released ahead of Respect for the Aged Day on Monday, a national holiday.
A team of Japanese researchers has found that 3.4 percent of couples raising children under the age of 1 are facing risks of mental health issues, it was learned Thursday. Both partners are experiencing downturns in their mental health due to such reasons as the husband having to work long hours and the wife being sleep-deprived, according to the study by the National Center for Child Health and Development.
National Sanatorium Kikuchi Keifuen, an isolation facility for leprosy patients in southwestern Japan, had dissected the bodies of 479 patients after death, the facility said. The facility “cannot escape being accused of disrespecting he human rights,” the report said. The sanatorium also found that there was a period in which the facility made patients sign documents consenting to the dissection of their bodies after death.
A 54-year-old CEO of a facility for people with disabilities has been arrested and charged with hitting a woman who had been admitted to a facility for the disabled in Kuki City, Saitama Prefecture. This was the second time the CEO was arrested after having been once arrested for sexually assaulting the woman at her home in Satte City, Saitama Prefecture in July. The CEO denies some of the accusations.
More terminal cancer patients and others with serious illnesses in Japan are choosing home care rather than hospitalization amid the coronavirus pandemic. This is mainly because hospitals and other facilities are restricting visitations to stem the spread of infection.
Japan’s health ministry has decided to give seasonal flu shots to elderly people first, from October 1. The decision was made on Friday amid concerns over simultaneous outbreaks of influenza and coronavirus infections, which are hard to distinguish.
Yokohama City announced on September 10th that 66 men and women between the ages of 10 and 90 have been newly confirmed as infected with the new coronavirus. Three users and five staff members are newly infected at a facility for the disabled operated by the social welfare corporation “Shirane Gakuen” where a cluster has occurred.
The Japan Wheelchair Basketball Federation said Tuesday that a member of the Japanese women’s team has been deemed ineligible to compete at the Tokyo Paralympics for not being compliant with the International Paralympic Committee’s classification rules.
In residential facilities for children with severe disabilities who have both intellectual disabilities and physical disabilities, on high alert to the possibility of new coronavirus infections, access problems continue.
Some parents have been unable to see their children for nearly half a year.
According to the municipal government , the outbreak was revealed in the Hikarinooka “Firefly” facility in Asahi Ward, Yokohama, which is a facility for people with intellectual disabilities. The social welfare corporation that manages the facility decides to suspend the use of day-care facilities for the time being.
After the death of a parent , there is a growing movement to create “support notes” that pre-write the medical care that children with severe disabilities should receive and the life they want to spend. Not only as a means of communicating with the people around the child, but also said that “I was able to sort out the necessary information and a little less anxiety.”
The activities of the residents were greatly restricted to prevent the infection of the new coronavirus, and it appears they were locked up in their living rooms. Aina Yamayurien is managed by the social welfare corporation, ‘Kanagawa Kyokai’, which managed the Tsukui Yamayurien, where 19 former residents were killed four years ago by a former employee, Satoshi Uematsu.
After the post on June 13 the next post is on July 22nd is titled “How ALS patients can pass comfortably.” This post includes a web link which is no longer available, but it seemed to have to do with Hayashi looking for ways to reduce respiratory distress when undergoing palliative care in the hope of a “peaceful end.”
The plan is to call on people aged 65 and over to get vaccinated for influenza starting in early October. Then from the latter half of October, medical workers, people with pre-existing conditions, pregnant women and infants will be encouraged to get the vaccine.
As the world celebrates one year to go until the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics following their postponement earlier this year, International Paralympic Committee (IPC) President Andrew Parsons answers questions on preparations for the Games and what impact he believes they will have in 2021.