Nippon, AHEAD JAPAN, UMass Boston, Institute for Community Inclusion

2018 Leadership Institute on Serving Students with Disabilities in Higher Education in Japan

What's the purpose of the training?

This project trains disability and career services personnel from Japanese institutes of higher education (IHEs) to better serve students with disabilities (SWD). The training takes place in Boston, Massachusetts.

Each year we train personnel from 3 Japanese IHEs. The goal is to build the capacity of the participants and their institutions to support the academic success and career development of SWD.

This three-year project (2016 - 2018) is funded by the Nippon Foundation and implemented by the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Who can participate?

We are looking for 3 Japanese IHEs that not only have established disability and career services but where disability and career services personnel have had some level of interaction. IHEs can be national, public, or private institutions. Disability services may be part of another entity within the IHE, such as student affairs, health services, etc.

Each IHE will assign 2 staff members - representing disability and career services respectively - to participate in the training. Participating IHEs must demonstrate an institutional commitment to improving disability services and partnering with campus career services in order to provide comprehensive supports to SWD.

How will participants and their IHEs benefit?

The training will provide crucial information for those who are working in disability and career services on a university campus. It offers a unique opportunity to gain an insight into the lessons learned in the US through the implementation of the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act.

Trainees will return to their IHEs with increased confidence in their abilities to support SWDs, and with a specific plan for implementing short-term and medium-term changes.

When will the training take place and what topics will be addressed?

Participants will attend a 1-week intensive leadership training (October 21 - 26, 2018) at the ICI in Boston. The training will address topics such as:

The training will be implemented using a combination of lectures and guest speakers (both face-to-face and remote), small group discussion, reflective group work, and other training modes and formats.

The training in Boston will primarily consist of site visits to disability and career service offices at different types of IHEs (private, public, community college). There participants will be able to interact with professionals who directly work with students with disabilities, as well as faculty, staff, and other campus and non-campus partners. Trainees will also have an opportunity to engage with students with disabilities and employers.

Prior to the training in Boston, participants will engage in 3 to 4 webinars that will provide basic information about disability, higher education, employment and career in the US and in Japan. They will also complete an online survey in which they will assess disability and career services at their home institution. Participants will use the results to identify 2 to 3 action items to improve disability and career services delivery. The project will provide support, guidance, and mentoring to participants and their institutions as they make these changes.

Who will provide the training, and what language will it be in?

Senior ICI staff and other US experts in the field of disability, higher education, vocational rehabilitation and career counseling will provide the training. Training will be in English with Japanese language interpretation.

What will participants be asked to do?

Will participants receive a certificate after completing the training?

After successful completion of the training and the required documentation, participants will receive a Certificate of Leadership in Disability and Career Services Provision.

What are the costs of participating in this training effort?

The project will cover all participant costs, including international airfare and travel insurance, and hotel accommodations, meals, and transportation in Boston. Disability accommodations will be provided upon request.

How can IHEs apply for this training opportunity?

apply for this training

download the application

If you'd like more information, or have questions, please contact:

Dr. Heike Boeltzig-Brown, Senior Research Associate
ICI / UMass Boston
Heike.Boeltzig-Brown@umb.edu

TRAINING TIMELINE
April 2, 2018 Application closes
June 1, 2018Application results published and participants confirmed
June - September 2018Preparation for travel to Boston, Webinars
October 20, 2018Participants depart for Boston
October 21 - 26, 2018Leadership institute training in Boston
October 27, 2018 Participants depart for Japan
November 2018 - February 2019 Post-training follow-up activities for participants
January 31, 2019 Deadline for participants to submit first progress report
April 30, 2019 Deadline for participants to submit second progress report
August 30, 2019 Deadline for participants to submit final report and to complete second training evaluation survey

The Nippon Foundation is funding this project. AHEAD–Japan is a project partner, in collaboration with the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

IF YOU’D LIKE MORE INFORMATION, OR HAVE QUESTIONS, PLEASE CONTACT:

Dr. Heike Boeltzig-Brown
Senior Research Associate ICI / UMass Boston
Heike.Boeltzig@umb.edu

The Nippon Foundation is funding this project. AHEAD–Japan is a project partner, in collaboration with the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Nippon, AHEAD JAPAN, UMass Boston, Institute for Community Inclusion