24 May, 2006

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Today’s visit was to the National Rehabilitation Center for Persons with Disbilities (NRCD) and the National Vocational Rehabilitation Center for Persons with Disabilities (NVRCD) in Tokorozawa City, Saitama Prefecture.

The participant from Pakistan had recovered, so we were happy that all seven participants got together again. Also we enjoyed a luxurious trip on a comfortable JICA bus which is as big as a sightseeing bus with its capacity of 30 passengers.

National Rehabilitation Center welcomed us and kindly prepared national flags of each paticipant’s country.

The Center offeres a pre-vocational rehabilitation and one of the activities is famous and beautiful Saori.

The Center also boasts its advanced skill in prosthesis and orthosis. Can you tell which is a real hand and which is an artificial hand?
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The participant from Laos challenged driving for the first time in his life and the participants from Bhutan, Cambodia and Sri Lanka courageously accompanied him on the back seat.

They survived the ride and came back with big smiles on the face. By modifying a car slightly, persons with disability can drive a car, which is very important as the accessibility to places and services increases greatly.

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