International Seminar on Support for Persons with Disabilities in Times of Disaster

On Sep. 26th, “a seminar on Living with Disabilities and Disasters" was held online by the Kanagawa Institute of Technology's Center for Regional Cooperation and Contribution and the Research Center forRegional Cooperation and Disaster Care.

Ms. Adela Kono, an expert in universal design for people with disabilities, gave a lecture on the lives of people with disabilities and disasters in Cebu, Philippines, including a proposal for a disaster shelter for people with disabilities.

Associate Professor Mari Ueda, Department of Information Media, and Associate Professor Ryo Saegusa, Department of Robotics and Mechatronics, spoke about the research examples such as use of disaster prevention administrative radio as a means of communicating evacuation information, and about the introduction of robots to assist disabled people by providing guidance and other assistance, respectively.

Many students from Chulalongkorn University and Bangkok University in Thailand, PENS, Politeknik Elektronika Negeri Surabaya, in Indonesia, Batam International University, UIB, UNISSULA, Sultan Agung Islamic University, and other partner university students participated, making this a very successful international seminar.

It is hoped that such international seminars will continue in the future in order to resolve the issue of "the lives of people with disabilities and disasters" not only as one region of one country, but also by thinking globally among Asian countries.

Planning and facilitation: Yoshimichi Ogawa, Director, Center for Regional Cooperation and Contribution

Observers: Ms. Etsuko Ueno (Former Counselor, Japan Rehabilitation Associ