August 7th, 2017

Thinking of living with people with disabilities

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   As a special lesson of Mr. Taro Nagatomo’s Research Program class, we welcomed a family with an elementary school boy who has Cerebral Palsy. We listened to his mother’s story about the life of the family, including the trouble parents had related to the disease, how the boy grew up, and how to face with such disabilities. Students also had time to communicate with their children (they came as a family, including their twin sons). We also took time to look around the school to get opinions about our school’s barrier-free condition. Written below are some comments of our students.
   “Today’s activity was a good chance for me to think about Cerebral Palsy. I never knew what it really was, but now I know that it’s a serious disease. Through the story by his mother, I understand how hard it is to help children with disabilities. But when I saw the child, he seemed full of energy, just like other boys! I couldn’t find any severity from him. What impressed me more was the time when his twin brother helped the boy when he needed to walk. When we walked with him, I realized how poor and unkind our school’s structure is to people with disabilities. I want to think more from this precious experience toward my research.”
   “Twin brothers, one with Cerebral Palsy, visited our school. The boy was using wheel chair for transfer, and that made us realize how hard it is for such a person to move around in our school. There were so many steps in our school. At the steps, his brother very naturally helped him walk. The brothers were very positive and friendly toward each other. It was a lot of fun for me to talk with them!”
   “I had a chance to communicate with a wheelchair-bound boy with Cerebral Palsy and his twin brother. Cerebral Palsy makes it hard for him to move his legs because of the poor command from the brain. But the brothers were very energetic and friendly, and it was great fun to play with them! To me, except riding a wheel chair, he was just the same as another person. I was impressed when I saw him walking on foot without riding a wheel chair, using sticks and helped by his brother. While showing them around the school, I found out that just small steps made it difficult for a person in a wheelchair to move. It was very inconvenient, which I couldn’t realize in our daily life. I strongly thought that our school must make its structure more barrier-free.”


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