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New law to help kids with medical needs take their place in school

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She was "shocked" to learn that, before Friday's enactment, no law to support kids such as Yuto existed.

Probably a lot of people that find out this were also shocked, I was under the impression this was a standard measure in developed countries and was surprised that Japan had no law to facilitate it.

Of course measures are extremely difficult and expensive to put in order and most likely they will still be insufficient, but it is a huge advancement to have a law that says this have to be done. These families have endless sources of difficulties, not being able to go send the kids to school should not be one.

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These educated women making these and other petition drives in the last year, on a variety of important issues in Japan, should be encouraged to pursue politics, even ‘at the grass roots level’. These could be the beginning start making past due but necessary changes within the J governments.

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Hmmm, if a child is born with such serious medical conditions that prevent the child (and parents) from ever living a normal life. I think euthanasia at birth should be offered as a compassionate option.

I know that sounds cold, but the child's and parents whole life will be filled with stress, misery and alienation. Let's be honest, who wants that?

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Hmmm, if a child is born with such serious medical conditions that prevent the child (and parents) from ever living a normal life. I think euthanasia at birth should be offered as a compassionate option.

I know and have known several people who have severe medical states and severe disabilities but none had any regrets loving them and taking care of them. Your suggestion would horrify them. I have also worked with disabled people.

They need more help and resources.

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"It is a challenge for the children, especially those who need artificial respirators, to attend school daily,"

and does she expect the teachers at the school to do this for her? A school is a school it is not a hospital. The staff at a school has enough work to do.

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Near to our previous home in Kobe City is the Kobeichiritsutomokishien School. The school is for disabled children in Hyogo and Nagata Wards. Built recently. More of the same. The children are collected from home and taken to the school.

http://www2.kobe-c.ed.jp/yss-se/index.php?page_id=0

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towingtheline: I find your comment has not emthepy. I am assuming you may have a condition which would excuse you if this condition is known. The reason why this assistance don't exist is the political landscape of the last 30 years. The bean counters don't see a monitory gain in providing assistance for this very small minority. No, it will not benefit you but on a whole, it benefit the community. A community is base on inclusion not exclusion.

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No mention of how a homeroom teacher or school would be able to cope as well.

Very sad story and one that a rich nation like us should be doing better in.

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When I lived in the UK spent some time at a Steiner school in Scotland. Camphill. https://www.camphillschools.org.uk

Wonderful place for disabled and challenged people. I was impressed with the philosophy of the school creating a learning supporting environment where the people developed much-needed life skills and friendships.

Check it out. Japan can learn from these school and communities.

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towingthelineToday  09:28 am JST

Hmmm, if a child is born with such serious medical conditions that prevent the child (and parents) from ever living a normal life. I think euthanasia at birth should be offered as a compassionate option.

I know that sounds cold, but the child's and parents whole life will be filled with stress, misery and alienation. Let's be honest, who wants that?

Yes, it's a pity your mother didn't accept opt-in for this compassionate option.

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zichiToday  09:38 am JST

Hmmm, if a child is born with such serious medical conditions that prevent the child (and parents) from ever living a normal life. I think euthanasia at birth should be offered as a compassionate option.

I know and have known several people who have severe medical states and severe disabilities but none had any regrets loving them and taking care of them. Your suggestion would horrify them. I have also worked with disabled people.

They need more help and resources

I may agree with you but as it is now more and more western nations with their so-called enlightened societies have enacted " right to die" laws (assisted suicide).

This started off as only those terminally ill with a few months or years to live facing painful deaths.

But now this has expanded far beyond that and includes people with mental health issues such as severe depression.

Like you I know many that are severely disabled and living happy lives but I see this movement in the west getting closer and closer to euthanasia of those society sees as not worth or not able to live on their own.

I don't see it as a far stretch that the past eugenics ideas reemerge and that permission to end the lived of such children will follow Under the guise of ending future suffering.

Support is needed for these people but let's be honest far few parents can afford to pay for much of what these children need and far to many in society are not for their tax money paying for it, so under the guise of eliminating suffering they join the few misguided that actually believe it best and push through the government assistance suicide systems.

Wonder what is next Soylent Green?

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Baby crunch effects ongoing and just the beginning...

Problem is resources are not infinite and the ones who bear the cost are those who are healthy so everyone shall have a voice, even those not concerned.

Less active population, less resources means it is a difficult challenge to answer.

There is no due nor unwarranted action since it is all at family level.

Where there is hope there is life.

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One thing they can do is bring the school to the children's homes, use distance education technologies to at least supplement going to school

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Antiquesaving

go and read the story about the Steiner Camphill school in Scotland. Young people are housed in small homes about 6 per house. Each has two responsible adults to watch out for them. They learn all the necessary life skills to cope in adulthood. They also produce most of their own food and bake bread and cakes which are also sold to the local community. They make art and craft and learn useful earning skills. They grow up together and become adults together. Steiner was an amazing human being.

Steiner also created schools based on his teaching methods for non-disabled children. There are several here.

https://ktsg.jp

and

https://www.tokyokenji-steiner.jp

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I believe in equality for all regardless of disability whether that be mental of physical. The state must ensure that those people are given extra help to fulfill their potential. Many can lead fulfilling lives and live happy independent lives. My friends son in UK has Down’s syndrome at one time his adult life would have been in a care home or living with his parents. Now due to better understand and help from society he has a full time job in a supermarket with a flat nearby.

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@zichi

Thanks I will.

But it doesn't change that Places like Canada, Benelux and others have gone in completely different directions.

I don't agree with their direction and as I pointed out it all started with the idea of letting terminally Ill in serious suffering to end their lives and now it has morphed into those with disabilities, metal health issues, etc...

My question is simple when or where will it stop or more precisely Go.

Will it eventually lead to those in suck places like the one you mentioned not even given the chance?

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How protecting small children who are grabbed by the police and are not represented by a lawyer and or a parent when grilled and forced into confessions this happened to my friend's 10 year old daughter.

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