Written with extracts translated from The Chunichi Shimbun
November 25th 2019
ISHIKAWA Pref – “I want to enjoy my job without losing obstacles.” A seminar to think about how people with disabilities in a community with such thoughts can work by making use of their abilities will be held on December 6th 2019 in the complex facility “Nigiwai no Sato no Ichi Camino” in Nonoichi City, Ishikawa Prefecture. Young people who are active in the welfare field in European countries and think about how participants and people with disabilities work are invited. Participation is free.
Eight people from the Netherlands, Italy and Finland with disability facilities and local sports / education support organizations, university students who want to overcome physical disabilities, and government officials with disabilities welfare come to Japan. We encourage people to Introduce initiatives in their home country on the theme of salaries and pension benefits for disabled people working in companies, how to spend leisure time, and activities of supporters. In the group discussion, we will exchange opinions with the staff from the rehabilitation working space “Rehas” (Kanazawa City) for disabled people and IT related company “DMM.com” (Tokyo).
The seminar is sponsored by the Cabinet Office and planned by Ishikawa Prefectural Youth International Exchange Organization (IYEO), an international exchange group registered with the Nonoichi Citizen Activity Center. It will be held for the first time, led by the prefecture IYEO vice chairman Hitomi Nose who was dispatched to Denmark in the program of the Cabinet Office in 2012.
Ms. Nose has worked as a teacher at special support schools in the prefecture for over 20 years. High school students with intellectual disabilities have mainly been involved in support for working at companies after graduation. In addition to “welfare work” that works at facilities for persons with disabilities, the company aims to support employees who can use their skills to work and earn income.
In the dispatched educational facility in Denmark, “I was impressed with what I was looking for, what kind of field I am good at, and who I can work with, rather than what kind of obstacles I have.” I decided to hold a seminar because I wanted to create a place to think about how people with disabilities work in the community.
Nose says, “I want to work with many people on how to create a region where people with disabilities can make a living.” The seminar is from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm Participation on the day is possible, but they are calling for reservations via e-mail (address firstname.lastname@example.org) or Facebook page of the prefecture IYEO.