This afternoon, the participants welcomed Secretary General of Japan National Assembly of Disabled Peoples International (DIP) to Seminar Room 18 and enjoyed listening to his talk. He discussed the history and development of social welfare services in Japan from the perspective of a person with a disability.
In his lecture, he illustrated his own childhood-experience as a person with cerebral palsy. He then moved on to discuss the development of social movements for disabled people in Japan and how they led to the launch of the Committee for Disability Policy Reform in December 2009. It was intriguing to listen to the perspective of somebody who has a disability and is heavily involved in Japan’s policy reform.
Many thanks to the lecturer for his time and presentation. His passion for disability movements and determination to improve the society in Japan were very insightful.