Creation of a New Professional Position of "Assessor" in Japanese Institutions of Higher Education - Introduction to the University of Tsukuba's Initiatives

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Yasushi Nakano
Tomone Takahashi
Shinji Okazaki
Haruo Shinoda
Takanori Waki
Kazunori Takeda
Ginga Sasaki


Japan, disability, higher education, developmental disabilities


The number of students with disabilities enrolled in Japanese institutions of higher education has been on the rise in recent years, and the percentage of those with developmental disabilities is increasing. However, due to differences in the understanding of a given disability on the part of those providing the considerations, differences in the way records are tracked, the fact that a variety of conditions may be indicated by the same diagnosis, and the relationship between the specific functional impairment caused by a given disability, this matter has not been sufficiently investigated. In light of this, the University of Tsukuba, with the assistance of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), has created a new professional position of "assessor," with reference to the initiatives of universities and other organizations in Japan and abroad. In this paper, we will describe these initiatives and provide an overview of the position and the requisite skills.

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