Interdisciplinary Barrier-Free Study
We are researchers with disabilities who conduct studies aiming to make people and society more accessible
In the Interdisciplinary Barrier-Free Study, Project Professor Dr. Satoshi Fukushima, the world's first deafblind university Professor, and mainly other researchers who themselves have disabilities conduct studies aiming to make people and society more accessible.
Based on his own experiences as the deafblind, Project Professor Dr. Fukushima carries out various research in pursuit of not only the essence of human communication and the meaning of disability experiences, but also the ideal support system for disabled people.
Project Researcher Naoyuki Okochi, who is totally blind, has done a wide variety of research concerning accessibility from the standpoint of a disabled person, including topics such as assistive technologies for the deafblind and the blind, barrier-free movie and theater. Project Researcher Dr. Toshiyuki Uwano, who is physically disabled, specializes in Area Studies, especially Barrier-Free studies in Asia region.
Project Researcher Dr. Mami Kodama has conducted practical research on special education for totally or partially deaf children. And now, she studies how to support deaf children with other severe disabilities, and how to support their parents.
Additionally, in collaboration with the Tojisha-Kenkyu Laboratory headed by Associate Professor Dr. Shin-ichiro Kumagaya (physically disabled), we are cultivating our partnership with Tojisha-Kenkyusha specializing in neurodevelopmental disorders and hearing difficulties.
Fukushima laboratory and Kumagaya laboratory are now developing a globally unparalleled center for disability studies led by researchers with disabilities.
Project Professor Fukushima communicates using Finger Braille
Specialized field: Interdisciplinary barrierfree Study, Disability studies