A college for high school graduates with mental and developmental disabilities is set to open in Tokyo’s Shinjuku Ward this October. Called “College Waseda”, it is a four-year college that will teach the students essential communication skills to help them adjust to society, as well as vocational training that can help them eventually land jobs after finishing college.
“Kurate Yutaka Fukushikai”, a social welfare corporation in Kurate, Fukuoka Prefecture will be operating the college and will be funded by the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry. The tuition will be free, since it will be covered by the ministry’s two projects which are the rehabilitation and transition support for those with disabilities.
Students will have two courses that will run for two years each. One is for basics of social life, like how to go shopping and taking care of one’s hygiene and health while the other one is for the skills needed to get a job, which includes workplace on-site training. The social welfare corporation has had experience as they run two similar places in the Kyushu region for the elderly and the handicapped. They said there is a need for this kind of college for those with disabilities because the special high schools only give vocational education. There are a lot of cases that those who get jobs eventually quit because they cannot cope at their workplace because they lack the communication skills. The corporation’s president Masato Hasegawa says their aim is for the students to “learn skills for living and build their self-confidence before leading a rewarding life after graduation.”
[ via Mainichi ]
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