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Message from the Director of the Center

学生相談総合センター長 松本真理子

Mission of the Office for Students with Disabilities

On April 1, 2016, the 'Act for Eliminating Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities (Disability Discrimination Elimination Act)' came into force. The act aims to ensure that no citizens are discriminated against due to whether or not they have a disability, and to realize a society where everyone may coexist and mutually respect one another's character and individuality. Nagoya University established the Disability Services Office under the act, and has set up the Office for Students with Disabilities at the Center for Student Counseling in order to provide support.

The act covers persons with physical disabilities, mental disabilities, developmental disorders (including developmental disorders), or any other disabilities affecting the functioning of the body or mind, and persons who are continuously facing substantial limitations in their daily or social life due to their disabilities. Persons not in possession of a certificate of disability are also included. In recent years the number of students with disabilities at Nagoya University has been on the rise, with an increase in the number of students with developmental disorders and an overall wider variety of disabilities particularly apparent.

Furthermore, even if students have the same disabilities, the kind of support to be provided needs to be determined on a case by case basis according to the individual circumstances. The mission of the Office for Students with Disabilities is therefore to meet individual needs as much as possible, and to provide support for students experiencing difficulties on campus and in their academic lives. The mission of the Office for Students with Disabilities is therefore to meet individual needs as much as possible, and to provide support for students experiencing difficulties on campus and in their academic lives.

To Realize a University Where All Students Grow Together

It has become a social trend for “Disability” to be changed to “Disorder” in diagnoses. In 2014, the Japanese Society of Psychiatry and Neurology changed the diagnoses of “Autism” and “Asperger Disorder” to “Autism Spectrum Disorder” under the guidelines on new names for the diagnosis of mental illnesses. This change is based on the principle that the names of diagnoses should not cause discrimination or uneasiness in patient-centered medical care. The idea behind the above-mentioned 'Act for Eliminating Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities' is to ensure that no citizens are discriminated against due to whether or not they have a disability, and to realize a society where everyone may coexist and mutually respect one another's character and individuality.

The Office for Students with Disabilities understands that the idiosyncratic nature of disabilities are a part of one's individuality, and so we would like to endeavor toward the realization of a university where all students can live, learn and grow together. To this end, we are engaged in an awareness campaign for students, faculty, and staff members, and the development of student supporters.

Although it may be difficult to respond to all of your needs immediately, please do not hesitate to come to the Office for Students with Disabilities if you have any difficulties on campus or in your academic life. All of us here at the office are ready and willing to counsel you sincerely, and to work together with you in finding solutions. Thank you.

Mriko Matsumoto, Director of the Center for Student Counseling

  • The OSD in Nagoya University aims to insure that equal opportunities are provided to all students with disabilities and that they are as valued in their dignity and enjoy the same basic campus lives as the students without disabilities.
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