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To increase understanding of autism, a Hyogo Prefecture NPO holds ‘simulation’ workshops

"To  deepen an understanding about the "lack of understanding" that people with autism and other intellectual disabilities experience in their daily lives, the NPO 'Nuturing Society Connecting Hands in Sanda City', an NPO that holds workshops in Sanda City, Hyogo Prefecture (amongst other places), for disabled people and their families has been formed. "

Written with extracts The Kobe Shimbun

June 23rd 2019

SANDA, HYOGO PREF – To  deepen an understanding about the “lack of understanding” that people with autism and other intellectual disabilities experience in their daily lives, the NPO ‘Nuturing Society Connecting Hands in Sanda City’, an NPO that holds workshops in Sanda City, Hyogo Prefecture (amongst other places), for disabled people and their families has been formed.

The main focus is on communicating with people with disabilities who have difficulty communicating are “specifically,” “emphasis,” and “use pictures.”  At the workshops were approximately 40 citizens who learned while experiencing a pseudo-simulation at the City General Welfare and Health Center.

“Please draw a picture of an apple” “The next ball”

Participants run pens on paper according to the presiding of women members. Then, a lot of people floated on the next question.

“Oh, please try drawing” Chanto “

This is a simulated experience of disabled people who are said to be difficult to understand words that can not be imagined. Pictures drawn by the participants are mixed, such as organized toys and lined shoes. The member advised that “I don’t know with” more “or” little “.

Then what do you see on the screen-. After 2 seconds, the participants were given different answers, such as “Shrine torii”, “Car”, “Mountain” and “Signboard”. As people with disabilities are concerned about something, they tend not to look at other things, so that they can not overlook the whole in an instant. When you have something you want to see in a picture or photo, it is better to emphasize it with your favorite color or star mark.

At the end, the participants were in pairs, one verbally explaining the figures on the paper, and the other listening and drawing. It is easy to say “circle” and “triangle” if you say “circle” and “triangle”, but it becomes difficult to say “there is a triangle inside the circle …” when it comes to geometric patterns, and the figure drawn by the listener It was far from real.

“There is a limit to being able to understand” in words, “even healthy people. There are also scenes where it is easier to understand by showing pictures or diagrams. I was convinced by the commentary of the member.

These workshops or ‘training sessions’ are mainly organized by ”Sanda’s Intellectual Disability Awareness Group: Heart Pocket” in Sanda City.  It was established in March last year with the cooperation of the city, in order to understand the characteristics of autism better.

“I would like to increase the opportunities for many people in the area to learn, so that I can understand the disability,” said Ichikawa Shuko, 66, chairman of the group .

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