We have been conducting various programs to encourage developmentally handicapped people to lead independent lives in society. There are three main areas of activities.
We have medical clinics to support the community life of developmentally disabled children and adults, and not only can they attend the clinic but also ask for occasional house calls. Medical preprograms are conducted from two clinics: the Oji clinic has been in operation for 10 years, and the Akabane Branch has opened since February 2001.
Rehabilitation programs are the bases of our association. We provide
guidance and counseling for those children with various developmental
disabilities. We work closely with each family to tackle their difficulties
in physical exercise, cognition, language learning and achieving an independent
life. At the start, most of the children attending were infants, but today
we can accommodate wider age groups, from infants to young adults. We
also opened "Classroom for Young Adult" for graduates of our
rehabilitation programs to provide quality recreation. When we started
in 1976, there were 18 children who attended our rehabilitation program,
but the number has been increasing to more than 600 children in 2000.
We conduct publishing, training and research programs. From the publishing
section, we produce a monthly journal "Hattatsu Kyoiku (Developmental
Education)", as well as books and educational videos. We also run
summer seminars and offer lectures on theories and physical exercises
every year. These programs are mainly run by the Planning and Public Relations
*Programs for Young Adults and Grownups
We have been running a small workshop for young adults and grownups to provide aid for employment and to develop technical skills. In 2001, when the law changed, it was granted the status of a social welfare foundation, and became an independent public-service corporation "Sazanka no Kai" Workhouse Pegasus.