Researcher's Profile

  • Associate Professor
  • Takeo KONDO
  • Assistive Technology

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March 2003 Ph. D., Graduate School of Education, Hiroshima University
April 2003 Research Resident, Japan Foundation for Aging and Health
April 2004 Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Education and Human Sciences, Hiroshima University
April 2005 Project Research Associate, Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo(UTokyo)
April 2010 Visiting Scholar, Computer Science and Engineering/ DO-IT Center, University of Washington
April 2011 Project Lecturer, RCAST, UTokyo
December 2011 Lecturer, RCAST, UTokyo
April 2013 Associate Professor, RCAST, UTokyo

Research Interests

Students with disabilities face various problems when they participate in schools, classrooms, higher education or the transition to employment. Various difficulties including visual, auditory and cognitive impairments, and attentional disabilities make it difficult for them to read textbooks, write letters, keep track of instructions and work together with other classmates or colleagues without disabilities. The elements that lead to the exclusion of students with disabilities from mainstream education lie invisibly under the usual educational/work setting. Even if such difficulties exist, accommodations and tools to support their individual needs enable them to participate in educational opportunities. Reading and writing supports by assistive technology or reader/scribe, accessible digital instructiona l materia ls and their ef fective utilization, barrier-free facilities, communication supports, and rules for ensuring equal access to examinations will help students’ equal and fair participation in education and employment.
In relation to the issues above we conduct:

- Qualitative and quantitative surveys based on case collection and analysis of difficulties and their solutions for students with disabilities
- Action studies to help develop a support program for students with disabilies in their educational or work setting and their transition to employment through action studies
- International comparative studies of accommodation in education and employment

Developing knowledge for accommodation and support of people with disabilities in education and employment can broaden their opportunities and integrate them into mainstream society. Our goal is, through action research and educational activities, to realize the social circumstance that anyone can achieve their own dreams.

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