Kawasaki city boy denied kindergarten place due to disability

Written with extracts from The Mainichi Shimbun

July 19th 2018

Yokohama – Kazuki Kagasaki (6) and his parents want Kazuki; who has a disability, to go to a school in Kawasaki city, Kanagawa prefecture, but found it was illegal to designate the school as a ‘special support school’, a status that would allow Kazuki to attend.

At the Yokohama District Court. Kazuki’s father, Shinji (49), who said at a press conference, “I want him to receive an inclusive education at a kindergarten…I want to have place to learn even in elementary schools.” According to the lawyers, since the enforcement of the disabled discrimination solution law prohibiting discriminatory treatment on the grounds of disability, it is the first time for lawsuits to inquire about the illegality of administrative authority over designation of school. The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology announces that decision of the school of disabled children respects parents’ intentions.

According to the complaint and Shinji, Kazuki wears a mechanical ventilator due to his congenital myopathy of intractable disease, and her mother carries out medical care. Upon enrollment in April this year, He received a diagnosis as “possible to go to school” and hoped to go to the local Kawasaki municipal elementary school. However, the Kawasaki municipal board of education did not respond to the request and suggested another special support school.

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