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Campus For All welcomes delegates from Japan

By Costa Maragos Posted: May 3, 2016 6:00 a.m.

An eight-member delegation from universities and colleges in Japan with U of R representatives from our Centre for Student Accessibility.
An eight-member delegation from universities and colleges in Japan with U of R representatives from our Centre for Student Accessibility. Photo by Trevor Hopkin - U of R Photography.

The U of R’s Centre for Student Accessibility has found fans in Japan.

A delegation from that country visited the University April 29 to learn more about the Centre and specifically the U of R’s Campus For All program. Campus For All provides support for adults with intellectual disabilities to take classes and achieve the dream of a post-secondary education.

The eight-member delegation is from the Social Welfare Corporation, which operates universities and colleges in Japan that cater to students with intellectual disabilities. The delegation included Masato Hasegawa, President Kurate-Yutaka Fukushi-kai University, Shigeru Suemitsu, President of Asahigawa and others who brought expertise from various areas.

Mr. Hasegawa says his team wanted to find out more about the U of R’s initiative to make the campus more inclusive of students with intellectual disabilities. He says coming to Regina made sense as the U of R has cultivated close ties with institutions in Japan through exchange agreements.     
 
“We were very excited to welcome this delegation to our campus and share information about Campus For All. Our meetings allowed for a wonderful exchange,” says Faith Savarese, Coordinator at Campus For All. “We’re proud of the University of Regina for opening its doors to people with intellectual disabilities who do not meet regular entrance criteria.  We are also proud that Campus For All is fully inclusive – there are no separate classes or curriculum.  The visitors also gave us insight into post-secondary education for people with intellectual disabilities in Japan.”

Campus For All is a four-year program that provides opportunities for individuals to audit classes, establish social connections with peers and to improve their chances for employment. The students attend classes and participate in campus activities to prepare them for similar opportunities to their post-secondary peers.

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