In this presentation, Dr. Yae Kusuda will explore the prospective role of persons with intellectual disabilities (ID) in contributing to economies of the society. To contextualize this talk, Dr. Kusuda will tell the remarkable story of Nihon Rikagaku Industry, a small Japanese chalk company providing employment to intellectually disabled people in 1960, as the background of this conversation. Dr. Kusuda will also lead us to recognize the current adversities faced by persons with ID in the labor market and demonstrate her endeavor to find possible solutions for improving the situation.
Dr. Yae Kusuda is a researcher from the Graduate School of Urban Social and Cultural Studies at Yokohama City University in Japan, CEO of the Orient Service CO., LTD., and member of the Social Management Journal Editing Committee. She is currently a visiting scholar hosted by the Center on Disability Studies (CDS) through February of 2018. CDS is one of two research units at the College of Education.