Center for Health Sciences and CounselingKYUSHU UNIVERSITY

Support Section for inclusion


The Support Section for Inclusion seeks to ensure that all the members of Kyushu University respect the rights of people with disabilities and strives to eliminate any barriers (social barriers) that infringe those rights and promote efforts to put in place a learning environment that enables people with disabilities to demonstrate their individuality and abilties.


①Construction of a university-wide system for determining the specific details of reasonable accommodation

To promote university-wide support, we form systems for cooperation with schools, institutes, faculties, and other organizations throughout the university.

②Ensuring learning opportunities

We provide information about access to information and consideration for communication in classes, securing priority seating in classrooms, ensuring access to classrooms, requests to faculty members for special consideration, and teaching materials and assistive devices.

③Networks of internal and external partnerships

We promote partnerships with high schools and provide information to university applicants with disabilities through university fairs and open days. We promote partnerships with specialist organizations in fields including medicine, welfare, education, and industry. In addition, we work in partnership with relevant departments within the university.

④Development of barrier-free facilities

We work in partnership with relevant departments to create maps of barrier-free facilities and further improve university facilities.

⑤Personal support

We provide personal support to facilitate reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities and also arrange group works.

⑥Human resource development in a society based on global coexistence

To nurture student peer supporters, we implement the Program to Cultivate Accessibility Leaders (including company internships). We organize lectures and practical training concerning the removal of barriers.

Accessibility Leader Promotion

We implement the Accessibility Leader Promotion (ALP), which nurtures individuals who can lead the way forward to a more people-friendly society in the future.

  • Peer supporter for support to persons with disability, or activities to improve accessibility at Kyushu University
    (1) Standard Peer Supporter Student (SPS). To improve accessibility at Kyushu University, they will provide support for people with disabilities and conduct awareness-raising and publicity activities.
    (2) Advanced Peer Supporter Student (APS). A student who fulfills the direct support requirements as a Peer Supporter student and has obtained Level 1 certification from the ALP Council. To improve accessibility at Kyushu University, they will provide support for people with disabilities and conduct awareness-raising and publicity activities. In addition, they manage the activities of junior supporters, provide advice and guidance, and plan and hold training sessions to improve their support skills.
    (3) Expert peer supporter students (EPS). Those who have been active as peer supporter students for at least two years, fulfill the direct support requirements, are able to supervise junior supporters, have a vision that enables them to solve problems, and have an attitude of self-development.

※Peer supporter students are admitted as “peer support leaders of accessibility at Kyushu University” who actively participate in disability support activities on campus and take leadership. They have to take curriculums needed for disability support.
Kyushu University’s first Peer Support Leader on support for people with disabilities was certified, and seven Peer Support Leaders have been certified so far.


  • KIKAN education:
  • Basic Accessibility
  • Introduction to Barrier-Free Assistance
  • Universal Design Research
  • Introduction to Accessibility
  • Introduction to Accessibility Support
  • Management of Accessibility

Faculty of Education

  • Accessibility Psychology 1
  • Accessibility Psychology 2
  • Accessibility Psychology Exercise
  • Accessibility Psychology Practical Exercise
  • You can take tests for the qualification of the Accessibility Leader Promotion Council by taking these classes and doing peer support student activities.

(Peer supporter for support to persons with disability, or activities to improve accessibility at Kyushu University)

1)Direct support
・information and communication accessibility
・making caption on video
・communication by sign language
・caregiving for persons with wheelchair users
・caregiving for persons with the visually impaired
・support for persons with developmental disorder or Mental illness
・other support
2) Indirect support
・making barrier-free map
・conduct awareness-raising and publicity activities

⑦Awareness activities and Awareness surveys

We deepen an understanding of and interest in the creation of barrier-free environments through courses and workshops. We conduct awareness surveys to ascertain awareness among the members of Kyushu University.

Support Section for Inclusion

744, Motooka, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka, 819-0395, Japan Room 1104, Center Zone 1 Building(1F)



  • Mari Tanaka (professor: clinical psychology, study of developmental disabilities/clinical psychologist)
  • Susumu Yokota (associate professor: study of developmental disabilities, cognitive neuroscience/researcher qualification for ADI-R, ADOS-2 clinical qualification)
  • Takeshi Shimonakamura (assistant professor: deaf education)
  • Kanako Kishikawa (assistant professor: clinical psychology/clinical psychologist, special educational needs specialist)
  • Satoshi Hano (research associate professor: public space design, barrier-free design)
  • Tomoyuki Nagai (technical support staff: clinical psychology/clinical psychologist)
  • Manaka Tokieda (technical support staff: clinical psychology/clinical psychologist)
  • Megumi Inoguchi (technical support staff: clinical psychology/clinical psychologist)

Research Achievement

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Major past presentations

  • Kanako KISHIKAWA, Kenjiro OHSHIMA, Takeshi SHIMONAKAMURA, Susumu YOKOTA, Mari TANAKA (2022) Changes in University Faculty’s Perception of Burden in Implementing Reasonable Accommodation: Focusing on online teaching. Bulletin of KIKAN education, 8, 1-16.
  • Takeshi SHIMONAKAMURA, Seina TANAKA, Hikari NAKANO, Kanako KISHIKAWA, Susumu YOKOTA, Mari TANAKA (2022) Remote supports on information and communication accessibility by real-time captioning for university students with difficulties in obtaining audio information: Support for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Bulletin of KIKAN education, 8, 69-87.
  • Akiko TAJIMA, Kanako KISHIKAWA, Hikari NAKANO, Susumu YOKOTA, Mari TANAKA (2022) Current situation and Issues of Constructive Dialog through Written constructive dialog system in the Process of Implementing Reasonable Accommodation: From Responses to Written Requests. Bulletin of KIKAN education, 8, 155-166.
  • Susumu YOKOTA, Akiko TAJIMA, Hikari NAKANO, Mari TANAKA (2021) Can online lectures be an effective learning style for students with disabilities?. Bulletin of KIKAN education, 7, 67-84.
  • Takeshi SHIMONAKAMURA, Daisuke SUZUKI, Akiko TAJIMA, Shiori IMAMURA, Tomoya KAWAGUCHI, Susumu YOKOTA, Mari TANAKA (2021) Supports for university students with disabilities in the online environment. Bulletin of KIKAN education, 7, 155-174.

Vision for the Future

Formulating Kyushu University Basic Policy on Support for People with Disabilities

①Building support systems
・University-wide support systems
・Support systems in each school, institute, and faculty
・Systems for determining reasonable consideration

②Forming inter-university networks
③Facilitating links between high schools and the university
・Forming networks for sharing information to support the advancement of school pupils to higher education

④Cultivating Accessibility Leaders as student peer supporters
⑤Employment support
・Providing employment support in partnership with external support organizations

⑥Securing the stable sources of funding required to ensure learning opportunities

Programs, Group Activities

The following is about the program and group activity held by the support section for inclusion.

Group Activities

We conduct group activities in which participants share about problems that students with developmental disabilities are experiencing in their university life and think about solutions together.

Career Education Support

Career education support for students with disabilities is provided by the Career and Scholarship Support Division (co-sponsored by the Support Section for Inclusion).

Career guidance for students with disabilities

The guidance invites outside lecturers from companies and other organizations to provide a variety of knowledge useful for students with disabilities in their career choices and career paths.

Sakidori!! Internship

This is a work experience program that students with disabilities can participate in from their early years of high school. This is an internship program in which students can participate from their early years, and which is based on the premise of reasonable accommodation.

KIKAN Education Course: Career Development Basics (Class for students with disabilities)

This class provides knowledge and information about careers and employment specifically for students with disabilities, with guest lecturers from career and employment advisors on campus and from companies.