According to the city government , a former male employee abused a child twice in May-July 2019. The male employee retired in August of the same year, but the city said that he was in violation of the obligation to respect persons with disabilities as specified by the Child Welfare Law. The city has not confirmed abuse of other users.
Hokkaido and Sapporo City announced on May 22nd that 6 people were confirmed as infected with the new coronavirus in Hokkaido. One person was confirmed at a facility for persons with disabilities and a medical institution where a cluster had previously been found. A new infection was confirmed by a male employee in his thirties who works at “Kouyoen”, a facility for the disabled in Engaru-cho, where 11 infected persons in total.
Hokkaido announced on the 29th that 38 people were confirmed to be infected with COVID-19 in Hokkaido bringing the total number of infected people to 726. The infection has spread to facilities for the disabled and the elderly, with three new people being confirmed at the facility for the disabled, “Kouyoen”
Following the closure of all special needs schools in Hokkaido due to the spread of the new coronavirus, parents and other groups have requested the Education Committee to create a place for children with disabilities.
Six organizations, including parents with children with disabilities, such as intellectual disability and autism, made requests to the school’s Board of Education, Yoshihiro Sato, and submitted a request.
“The northernmost prefecture plans to have the facilities ready for prospective residents before the end of this year, they said. Hokkaido has devised the plan so that these people displaced by the quake can stay together and maintain their communities. It is hoped that the arrangement can prevent their health from worsening due to sudden changes in their living conditions caused by the quake disaster. The project is the first of its kind in Japan, according to experts.”
“The Sapporo District Court ruling on a case to decide whether Kikuo Kojima (77) of Sapporo City is due damages on the grounds that sterilization was forced under the former eugenic protection law (1948-96) made the public gallery in the courtroom accessible for the hearings on the 25th. More than half – some reports say 60% – of the seats in the court room were allocated to accommodate the disabled people attending , to allow a caretaker with medical equipment, as well as sign language interpreters to accompany them.”