- Public Relations Strategy
- Information Dissemination Through the NISE Website
- Dissemination of Research Results, etc. through Publications
- Activities for Information Dissemination and Promoting Understanding and Raising Awareness
- Database for Supporting Development of Inclusive Education System (Inclu-DB)
For the development of an inclusive education system leading to the creation of a cohesive society, it is imperative that both understanding and supports for special needs education are widely available at all schools, related organizations, and a wide range of citizens.
NISE has formulated the “Public Relations Strategy” comprised of basic policies and specific measures in order to promote information collection related to special needs education, information dissemination, activities that promote understanding and raise awareness, and public relations activities in a unified and strategic manner.
NISE provides a website set up in a way that caters to various types of needs, starting with information related to general special needs education and including information related to the development of an inclusive education system, information related to developmental disabilities, and case studies on the use of educational materials and support devices. In addition to those involved in special needs education, information is also provided to the general public.
NISE website provides comprehensive related information on special needs education in general, such as research outcomes of NISE and informs activities that will be conducted by NISE.
On the NISE web browsing, “a list of information for special needs education” and “a list of information by types of users” in order to make it easier to search. In addition, the voice output function and the function to change the size and color of letters have been improved to be easier for those with disabilities to use.
Main composition of the Website
Information on the details of studies conducted by NISE and researchers involved in these studies is provided
Information on training programs and seminars conducted by NISE is provided.
Various kinds of contents such as publications of reports and other documents on findings of studies conducted by NISE are provided.
The Information Center of Education for Persons with Developmental Disabilities investigates, collects and organizes various kinds of information on developmental disabilities, for the purpose of understanding and awareness-raising with the aim of construction of cohesive society which all of nations understand the developmental disabilities and join together with people with the developmental disabilities. Its effort is also focused on communicating collected information widely through the website. The Center builds cooperative relations and promotes coordination with relevant organizations, such as nationwide education-related organizations and the Developmental Disabilities Information Center established within the National Rehabilitation Center for Persons with Disabilities under the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.
New information which will be updated regularly is available on the website of the Center.
It provides information in the following items
Information Provided on the Website
< for the children with developmental disabilities >
- Basic understanding and support
- Lecture contents regarding understanding and teaching
- Teaching materials and devices, and assistive devices used for education
- Information on counseling organizations to children with developmental disabilities in Japan and Japanese schools in overseas and other educational facilities for visitors to foreign countries
Exhibition Room Displaying Educational Materials Related to the Education for the Persons with Developmental Disabilities
The educational materials exhibition room of the Information Center of Education for the Persons with Developmental Disabilities exhibits some of the educational materials and support devices which are featured on the Information Center of Education for the Persons with Developmental Disabilities website.
In a report by the “Planning Conference concerning repletion of teaching materials for children with disabilities”, dated August 2013, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology indicated “the creation of a database for the purpose of information exchange relating to teaching materials, support equipment, guidance methods, and practical application examples in response to the situation and special characteristics of disabilities” in terms of the role played by the nation.
Upon receipt of this, since March 2015, the NISE operates a “Portal Site for Special Needs Education Materials” (Assistive Materials Portal Site) for the purpose of broad provision of practical application examples and related information in the context of utilization of teaching materials and assistive devices.
Contents of Assistive Materials Portal Site
- 【 Database on Teaching Materials and Assistive Devices 】
- 【 Database of Case Reports 】
“Database on Teaching Materials and Assistive Devices” and “Database of Case Reports” are linked each other for reference.
- 【 Publications and other Information on Teaching Materials and Assistive Devices 】
- 【 Events and other Information on In-service Training and Exhibition 】
NISE delivers its e-mail newsletter on a regular basis in order to widely provide timely information on its activities and special needs education. Register your e-mail address on the following website for subscribe or via the below QR code.
Notice: This e-mail newsletter is delivered only Japanese version.
Major contents of the Newsletter
- Information on outcomes of research projects conducted by NISE
- Information on teacher training programs and NISE sponsored events
Topics on special needs education either in Japan or abroad
- Information on special needs education provided by MEXT
- Contribution articles by teachers or education staff who completed the NISE’s trainings
NISE creates research results reports on the research it conducts in various formats, including summaries, guides, and manuals, which are all made available on the NISE website. Since these publications are created annually, they allow for the newest research results to be disseminated to educational settings as early as possible.
From the point in time when NISE completes practical application research themes, it creates “Research Result Report of the National Institute of Special Needs Education” which summarizes the results for each of research themes, and provides them on its website.
In addition, in order to make the NISE report results known and more easily understood, a “Summary of Research Results of the National Institute of Special Needs Education” which summarizes the results of each research themes is produced every fiscal year, and it is both sent out to education related organizations throughout Japan and provided on the NISE website. Further, NISE publishes books for sale on the market in the form of a guidebook and manual that summarize in an easy-to-use manner the parts of reports that can be put to immediate use in guidance and support on the education scene.
NISE solicits from internal sources unpublished theses concerning special needs education, and carries out content investigations of them and publishes them annually as the “Bulletin of the National Institute of Special Needs Education”. Research bulletins are both sent to the education related organizations throughout Japan, and posted on the NISE website.
Main contents of the Bulletin Vol.43 (Issued on March, 2016)
- Original Thesis Project Report
Evaluating the eff ect of character spacing ratio on the readability of Paper-based braille using a variable size braille printing system
- Project Reports
Support for Families with Autistic Children in Kindergarten Departments of Special Needs Schools (for intellectual disabilities)
Performance Assessment Results of Children with Higher Brain Dysfunction Associated with Intellectual Disabilities
- Research Outlook
Examination of the Educational Needs of Children with Psychiatric Disorders and Psychosomatic Disorders
- Survey Materials
Every fiscal year, NISE produces the “National Institute of Special Needs Education Journal” that summarizes the results of a large range of activities including researches and provides it on its website.
Main contents of the Journal Vol. 5 (Issued on March, 2016)
- List of 2015 research themes
- Summary of 2015 research results
- Study report
Needs of families related to the therapeutic care and education of children and adults with autism
Introduction of new eff orts related to schools for special needs education which function as resource centers aimed at the development of an inclusive education system
Survey report on the education of young children with cancer in childhood cancer hospitals
- Education for children with disabilities in the various overseas countries
- Reports of international conventions and overseas investigations
- Participation reports of learned societies
- Project reports
“NISE Bulletin” is issued on annual basis in order to disseminate information on policy and status of special needs education in Japan, NISE’s research results and various activities on the website in English.
Main contents of NISE Bulletin Vol. 15 (Issued on March, 2016)
- Outlines of research projects FY2015
- Summary of research results FY2014
- Annual report
- Recent policy and status on special needs education in Japan (Special Needs Education Division, Elementary and Secondary Education Bureau, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology)
- Summary of “Bulletin of the National Institute of Special Needs Education Vol. 42”
NISE holds annual seminars, symposiums, and other events for the purpose of disseminating research results and collected information. In addition, NISE holds events together with related organizations, schools, and other entities aimed at promoting understanding and awareness-raising of education for children with disabilities.
NISE presents National Institute of Special Needs Education Seminars on annual basis in order to spread information on outcomes of research projects conducted by NISE, improve the quality of its research activities and share information with schools and relevant institutions.
Consists of NISE seminar
- session1: Speech and symposium on special needs education
- session2: Information on issues about activities of NISE
- session3: Presentation for outcomes of research projects
NISE seminar 2016
- Term: Feb. 17-18, 2017
- Venue: National Olympic Memorial Youth Center
NISE holds an annual international symposium related to special needs education to which it invites researchers from overseas research institutions and universities to give lectures for the purpose of examining ways to solve issues looked at which are common to countries by looking at special needs education policy trends overseas and acquiring relevant knowledge.
In addition, in line with the theme of the World Autism Awareness Day, NISE participates in the World Autism Awareness Day Symposium as a joint sponsor which has been held since 2009, and, in cooperation with Special Needs Education School for Children with Autism, University of Tsukuba which provides bilateral cooperation in local communities, has organized the World Autism Awareness Day in Yokosuka since FY 2010.
NISE International Symposium on Special Needs Education 2016
Term: Jan. 14, 2017
Venue: Hitotsubashi Hall, Tokyo
In addition to holding workshops and exhibitions featuring educational materials used in special needs education during the NISE Seminar and National Center for Special Needs Education Conference, NISE holds workshops and exhibitions in local communities with the cooperation of boards of education, educations centers, and other organizations.
FY2016 Local Community Exhibition Schedule
Kanagawa Prefectural Education Center
Saitama Prefectural Education Center
Hyogo Prefectural Special Needs Education Center
Gunma Prefectural Education Center
NISE is open to the public annually in order to introduce NISE’s research results and activities in an easy-to-understand way to school staff, students aiming to be teachers and people in communities looking to deepen their understanding about special needs education.
Major Contents of Open Day
- Information on development of an inclusive education system
- Display and demonstration for teaching materials and assistive technology devices
- Experiential exhibitions by research teams by types of disabilities (Experience with Research Unit for Natural Living Environment, Snoezelen Room and wheelchairs)
- Panel exhibition of latest research results conducted by NISE
Open Day 2016
Term: Nov. 5, 2016
- Venue: NISE
The Subdivision on Primary and Secondary Education of the Central Council for Education published a report titled “Promoting Special Needs Education for Development of an Inclusive Education System Leading to the Creation of Cohesive Society” in July 2012. In response to this, since November 2013, NISE operates its “Database for Supporting Development of Inclusive Education System (Inclu-DB)”, in which various information on development of the inclusive education system is available.
Database for Practical Examples of Reasonable Accommodations
This database contained individual cases of “Model Project for Inclusive Education System Development” conducted by MEXT.
- Responding to “Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities”
- Relevant laws, regulations and measures
- Explanations of relevant terms