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Message from the President

Kiyota Public Insurance

Kumamoto National College of Technology, Department of Human Information Systems Engineering, Professor
Representative of KOSEN-AT (National KOSEN Support Equipment Development Network)

The predecessor of KOSEN-AT originated from the "National KOSEN Welfare Information Education Network" organized by faculty and staff of 14 technical colleges nationwide. This is to innovate in the technical field of welfare information education in collaboration with medical welfare institutions, special needs schools, companies, etc. while sharing information with local institutions and research seeds in the welfare support field owned by each technical college. I started with that purpose.

So far, we have held AT (Assistive Technology) forums for technical cooperation in Kumamoto, Kushiro, Okinawa, Sendai, and Nagano, centered on network members. The strength of technical college cooperation is that it can utilize the interests of national organizations in this way. Furthermore, in 2014, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology's National University Reform Strengthening Promotion Project was started with the aim of developing human resources for engineers who will bring about new innovations through collaboration between the three institutions of Nagaoka University of Technology, Toyohashi University of Technology, and National College of Technology. Taking this opportunity, the name was changed to "Japan-AT Forum" and the circle of technical cooperation is expanding.

In recent years, the enhancement of welfare medical care due to the aging of the population has become an issue not only in Japan but also on a global scale, and there is an urgent need to develop assistive technology (AT) engineers necessary for the development of assistive technology (AT) equipment.
Although it is a technical college and technical college that has trained specialized engineers in machinery, electrical and electronic, information, construction, etc., in the development of assistive technology (AT) equipment, not only these conventional specialties but also these are fused and combined. New technical skills (assisted technology (AT) skills) are required, and experts from different fields collaborate to conduct research and development and evaluation, which leads to the development of usable equipment.
Above all, technician education and R & D conscious of needs-oriented social implementation that can feed back to research activities while listening to the opinions of people with disabilities and supporters who are active in the field of education, welfare, and medical care. Is required.

In this way, KOSEN-AT would like to carry out activities to promote human resource development and research and development of assistive technology (AT) equipment in collaboration with various people.
We look forward to the support and cooperation of national facilities, local governments, companies, and educators who are interested in and agree with this purpose.

Philosophy / Purpose

At KOSEN-AT, we have the spirit of trying to contribute by acquiring the necessary skills toward the goal of supporting people with disabilities in conventional engineer education.
We are developing "assistant technology super engineers" with the following characteristics.

  1. Want their own specialized areas, such as the nucleus,

  2. Has a wide range of insights and culture regarding assistive technologies

  3. Users (from the perspective of the parties) can observe the site, discover issues, and conduct clinical trials.

  4. An engineer who can manufacture (develop) while collaborating with experts in different fields to solve problems.

* 1 Assistive Technology (AT) Mind: A spirit (mind) that aims to support people with disabilities, from the perspective of the person concerned, and to acquire the skills necessary to achieve that purpose.

* 2 Assistive technology super engineer: A super engineer with an assistive technology mindset.

What is a inclusive society?

“It is a society where people with disabilities, who have not always been able to participate fully in society, can actively participate and contribute. It is a society in which everyone respects and supports each other's personality and individuality. It is a participatory society where people can meet and recognize their diversity.”

* Excerpt: From the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. “Promotion of special needs education for building an inclusive education system for the formation of a inclusive society” (report).

What is assistive technology?
(AT: Assistive Technology)

A technique that provides a means to assist a person who has some inconvenience in physical function or movement.

Three goals to realize a inclusive society

1. Foster people who will be the core of a inclusive society

Until now with KOSEN-AT

  • Community-based

  • Problem-solving type

  • Social implementation type

While taking advantage of the features of education as a technical college, we will develop people who will be the core of a inclusive society where everyone can maximize their abilities.
We will develop engineers with a broad perspective while promoting nationwide collaboration with National College of Technology and various companies, local governments, universities, etc.

2.We will help connect the company with people with disabilities in order to realize a inclusive society.

Utilizing the wide network of technical colleges (51 national colleges, 55 campuses) nationwide, with people with disabilities toward the realization of a society where everyone can participate and a inclusive society
・ Municipality
·Special school
·Medical institution
·welfare facility
・ Companies working to hire people with disabilities
・ Employment support facility for people with disabilities
・ Social welfare corporation
We will help you find the problems of people with disabilities and share and solve them.

3.from now on
Utilize assistive technology (Extended-AT) in the community

Utilizing assistive technology (assistive technology / assistive devices) cultivated at national technical colleges nationwide, we will always strive to realize social participation and employment of people with disabilities.
・    "What can you do?"
・    "What should I do?"
We will consider, consider and realize it.

Event information

  • JapanATフォーラム2020
    Fri, Sep 24
    Sep 24, 10:00 AM – Sep 25, 1:30 PM
    Japan AT フォーラムは,高専教員を中心に2010年から福祉・情報教育関連の研究交流の場として開催されていた「全国KOSEN福祉情報教育フォーラム」を前身とし,2014年からは研究交流とともにAT技術者育成のためのワークショップを組み入れ「Japan ATフォーラム」と改称したもので,毎年1回開催しています.本フォーラムは,AT(アシスティブ・テクノロジー)関連に携わる技術者・学生・団体等が支援技術の研究開発と技術者育成のために集う研究・技術交流の場で,これまでに仙台,長野,明石,函館,徳山,富山で計6回開催されています.このたび第7回を熊本高専・熊本キャンパスで会場に開催します。

"Inclusive society leaves no one behind."