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The University Consortium Kyoto holds the “Kansai Disability Student Support Staff Roundtable” (KSSK) for the purpose of exchanging practitioners involved in supporting students with disabilities at universities in Kansai.
KSSK was launched in fiscal 2008 based on the basic principle of “working-level perspective.” The characteristic of this roundtable is that the practitioners involved in support for students with disabilities frankly and openly discuss ideal support, examples of success and failure of support, and actual on-site ideas and methods. The University Consortium Kyoto has continued this philosophy and has been hosting KSSK since 2015.

KSSK consists of subcommittees that provide topics to learn about the current situation and issues of the university, and that are divided into small groups for each theme. In particular, in the subcommittees, rather than taking the stance of obtaining some kind of answer, you can gain awareness about support for students with disabilities by listening to the various worries and questions that the person in charge has and how to provide support. Furthermore, by exchanging information that can be shared because of the size of the same region and university in the Kansai region, the person in charge in the field shares their know-how and awareness of problems, and it is useful for building a network between universities and those in charge.

Outline of the event

The 31st Kansai Conference on Support for Students with Disabilities (KSSK)

The 31st Kansai Conference for Students with Disabilities (KSSK)

The Kansai Roundtable of Support for Students with Disabilities (KSSK) is a gathering of practitioners to engage in lively discussions, exchange opinions and information, and build networks on various themes related to support for students with disabilities based on the basic principle of a working person’s perspective.

◆Date & Time:
Wednesday, September 13, 2023 13:00~17:00
Campus Plaza Kyoto 4F Lecture Room 3, etc.
(939 Higashishiokoji-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto)
《Access》5-minute walk from Kyoto Station on the Kyoto Municipal Subway Karasuma Line, JR Line, and Kintetsu Kyoto Line
Faculty and staff who are involved in or interested in supporting students with disabilities at universities and junior colleges in the Kansai region
60 (first-come, first-served basis)
◆Participation fee:
◆Application period:
August 15, 2023 (Tue.) ~ September 5, 2023 (Tue.)
◆How to apply:
The registration time has ended.
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time Contents
13:00 Opening Remarks
13:10 Topic Provision
“Disaster Preparedness for Students with Disabilities: From the Perspective of PHED_SIG-EP Initiatives”

≪ lecturer≫
Shuhei Takeda
(Professor, Faculty of Engineering, Fukui Institute of Technology PHED (Platform on Disability and Higher Education, The University of Tokyo): SIG-EP (Disaster Emergency Response Subcommittee))
≪Project Coordinator≫
Jun Murata
(Associate Professor, Kyoto University Student Services Organization / HEAP)

≪ Contents≫
I think that the response to students with disabilities at each university is often centered on study support such as reasonable accommodation, but on the other hand, it is also necessary to consider measures to respond to disasters and incidents (emergency events).
This topic will be an opportunity to learn about these issues from the efforts of the SIG-EP (Expert Group on Disaster Emergency Response), a thematic specialized group of the PHED (Platform on Disability and Higher Education at the University of Tokyo).

13:40 Rest and move
13:50 Breakout Sessions
A. Support for students with mental disabilities
Capacity: 10 people
With the flow of Corona, the places for students to learn have expanded, and each university has resumed accepting and sending off-campus practical training and study abroad. What should we, the support staff, keep in mind when students with mental disabilities participate in these activities? In this subcommittee, information disclosure is the keyword, and opinions will be exchanged on how to provide support that meets the needs of students.
B. Support for students with physical disabilities
Capacity: 10 people
This will be an opportunity to exchange opinions with the participants of the subcommittee on the consideration of reasonable accommodation for students with disabilities such as vision, hearing, or physical disability (including severe disabilities).
C. Considering support systems and systems
Capacity: 10 people
It is important to work on support for students with disabilities as an organization, and it is essential to develop a support system, a flow for providing reasonable accommodation, and a common understanding of the entire university, in addition to individual consultation and support. This subcommittee will be an opportunity to discuss overall management related to support for students with disabilities. Participants will briefly introduce their university’s support system and issues. If possible, please prepare 10 copies of materials (leaflets for student distribution, etc.).
D. Employment support for students with disabilities
Capacity: 10 people
Currently, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) is holding a study group on study support for students with disabilities, and it has long been pointed out that not only study support but also employment support is important. This subcommittee will be an opportunity to share case studies and issues of each university regarding the careers and employment of students with disabilities and to exchange frank opinions.
E-Coordination Basics -Concept of Reasonable Accommodation-
Capacity: 20 people
Ahead of the enforcement of the revised Act on the Elimination of Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities in April 2024, national and public universities are further enhancing their support, and private universities are assigning coordinators as a full-fledged development. This subcommittee will provide an opportunity to organize the role of coordinators and how to respond by giving lectures and dialogues with participants based on a preliminary questionnaire on basic knowledge of reasonable accommodation.
16:20 Rest and move
16:30 Summary
17:00 closing

Planning and operation

The Kansai Disability Student Support Staff Roundtable is planned and operated by the following secretary schools.

Name of University
Osaka University Osaka Metropolitan University
Otani University Kwansei Gakuin University
Kyoto University Kyoto University of Foreign Studies / Kyoto Junior College of Foreign Studies
Kyoto Women’s University Kyoto Seika University
Kobe Shoin Women’s College Doshisha University
Bukkyo University St. Andrew’s University

Contact us

Consortium of Universities Kyoto Student Support Division
TEL:075-353-9189 FAX:075-353-9101
E-mail: kssk-jimukyoku-ml■consortium.or.jp (*Please change the ■ part to @ and send)
〒600-8216 Campus Plaza Kyoto, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto
※Reception hours: Tuesday ~ Saturday 9:00 ~ 17:00 (except 12/28~1/4)

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