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Basic Policy on Support for Students with Disabilities

Toyo University’s Basic Policy on Support for Students with Disabilities

                                   April 1, 2017
Toyo University

In order to support all Toyo University students with disabilities, on April 1, 2013, Toyo University established a Support Committee for Students with Disabilities. Since then, Toyo University has devoted a great deal of effort in improving its educational environment (i.e., accessibility) and supporting students with disabilities in their everyday campus life—especially in their full participation in academic programs.

To improve its educational environment and support students with disabilities, Toyo University drew up the following Basic Policy in conformity with “Handling Guidelines for Eliminating Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities from Projects under the Jurisdiction of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)” (Notification No. 180 enacted in 2015 by MEXT ), which is based on Article 11, Section 1 of  “Act for Eliminating Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities” (Law No. 65 enacted in 2013), which was enforced on April 1, 2016.  Toyo University will strive to support students with disabilities by creating guidelines with details on what support it will provide and how the support will be delivered, in accordance with its Basic Policy comprising of the following principles.

1.Ensure opportunities to learn, and enhance types and ways of support
To ensure the educational equality of students with disabilities, Toyo University will strive to help them secure their opportunities to learn and will enhance its types and ways of providing support.

2.Improve Toyo University’s educational environment (including its facilities and equipment)
To ensure the safe and efficient participation of students with disabilities in its educational contexts, Toyo University will actively collect opinions from all Toyo students with disabilities and strive to improve its educational environment.

3.Make Toyo University’s efforts to ensure educational equality public
In accordance with its student acceptance policy and this Basic Policy, Toyo University will strive to inform existing students and prospective students of its support systems, universally designed facilities and equipment, and types of support.

4.Develop educational support programs with recipients
Support programs will be decided on the request from students themselves or from their parents. In order to ensure that students with disabilities experience educational equality such as equal participation in educational contexts, the recipients’ needs will be thoroughly considered and the decision on the necessary type(s) of support will be based on the mutual understanding and agreement between University representative(s) and the recipient himself or herself. Support programs will be revised whenever necessary, with the agreement of both parties.

5.Establish support systems
To enhance educational support for students with disabilities, Toyo University will set up offices that specialize in individual services such as providing consultation with instructors or staff about the ways Toyo University offers support, lending assistive devices, and assigning volunteer staff to give assistance.

6.Ensure equality in education
Toyo University will help students with disabilities to secure opportunities to participate in classes as well as other facets of university life by guaranteeing information accessibility and providing in-class communication support. In addition, Toyo University will provide reasonable accommodation for examinations and will devote itself to ensuring fair evaluation.

7.Raise awareness of disabilities  
To enhance the understanding of disabilities and ways of offering support, Toyo University will create opportunities such as training sessions and also distribute leaflets for students, instructors, and staff to deepen their understandings of various disabilities so that all of the faculty members and students can offer proper support even more effectively.