Support for Persons with Disabilities
Live to Contribute – Initiatives for an Inclusive Society
The Nippon Foundation, established in 1962, has been involved in activities to support disabled people in Japan and around the world for more than 50 years. In the course of working together with disabled people we have learned that removing the obstacles that prevent their equal participation paves the way for everyone – with or without a disability – to demonstrate their full potential. Disabled people have often been stereotyped as people who “need to be protected by society,” but that image needs to be swept aside through a paradigm shift toward viewing them as “contributors to society.” It is important that we continue to lend a helping hand to people facing severe difficulties and also to carry on the support activities that aim to provide equal opportunities. But, at the same time, The Nippon Foundation wants to contribute to that paradigm shift by offering innovative support that seeks to allow highly talented disabled people to better display their abilities and thereby lead the way in encouraging and inspiring others in society.
Opening Ceremony for The Nippon Foundation Para Arena
With roughly two years until the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, an opening ceremony was held on June
The Nippon Foundation Diversity in the Arts International Art Competition
The Nippon Foundation’s Diversity in the Arts project aims to convey the significance and value of
Report on Asia-Pacific Festival of Artists with Disabilities
The Nippon Foundation DIVERSITY IN THE ARTS Performing Arts Group reported on its fiscal 2017 activ
Discovering Hidden Talent
The Nippon Foundation is supporting disabled people engaged in various activities to live dignified, fulfilling lives in which their latent talents and possibilities can fully develop. These activities provide encouragement to other disabled people and also help to overcome social prejudice.
Supporting Financial Independence
We are backing efforts aimed at economic independence, including financial assistance to companies engaged in businesses for disabled people to expand employment opportunities and come up with new types of job assistance.
Disabled People Find Careers as Chocolatiers
Since 2014 we have been supporting product planning and development for luxury chocolates made by disabled people through a tie-up with a famous chocolatier.
Disability Inclusive Financing
In addition to providing operating funds, the program focuses on financing for facilities and equipment. The aim is to increase employment opportunities for disabled people by expanding businesses. The program also helps remove hurdles in the application process with training in application methods as well as in business management.
Introducing Needed Infrastructure and Other Facilities
We are making it easier for disabled people to display their abilities by developing a barrier-free map application, promoting sign language, and pursuing other efforts to create a foundation for daily life.
Developing the Barrier-Free Map Application “Bmaps”
With the aim of creating a society in which anyone in the world can go outside and move about freely with peace of mind, The Nippon Foundation has developed and released the Bmaps barrier-free map application for a wide range of people including wheelchair users and people using baby strollers.
Raising Social Awareness of Sign Language
Based on the view that “sign language is the mother language of the deaf,” The Nippon Foundation is engaged in the development and spread of sign language and the use of sign language for education.
Fatalities among disabled people in the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake occurred at a rate that was roughly double the rate for residents in general. We are drawing on the lessons of that tragedy to promote disaster response that incorporates the perspective of disabled people.
Initiative to Train Disaster-Response Staff
In response, we have been holding study sessions and practical training in evacuation center management to understand and anticipate the special needs of all people, including disabled and elderly persons, and train personnel who are able to provide necessary care.
UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction
In 2012, The Nippon Foundation began cooperating with groups representing disabled people in Japan and overseas in numerous international conferences on the theme of disabled people and disaster response, to bring the importance of disability inclusiveness in disaster prevention to the attention of UN bodies and national governments.
Utilizing ICT for Higher Education
From early on, The Nippon Foundation has focused on the benefits of information and communications technology (ICT) for disabled people and has utilized ICT for higher education, achieving many results in this area.
Supporting Higher Education for Visually Impaired Persons
The Nippon Foundation took its first step toward using ICT to provide educational and employment opportunities in the ASEAN region by establishing a fund at the Overbrook School for the Blind in the United States.
Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP)
Our aim is for disabled people to acquire a high level of specialized knowledge regarding public policy and disabilities, so they can become involved in creating disability-related legislation and policies at government agencies and other organizations in the future.
Gearing Up for Tokyo 2020!
The Nippon Foundation and UNESCO plan to host a joint summit for disabled people in 2020 to adopt and announce a “Tokyo Declaration” aimed at realizing an inclusive society. This event in Tokyo, which will bring together opinion leaders representing disabled people from around the world, will strive to have a major worldwide impact by showcasing the abilities of disabled people in the realms of sports and art, while also presenting a wide range of opinions.