MUCHU FAN BOOK

Englsh edition

 

 

■Cover

Title: Muchu Fan Book

Subtitle: A Guidebook to support your activities at the CIL Muchu

Issued by NPO Center for Independent Living Muchu

 

 

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CREDO (Our spirit)

 

We're striving to make the CIL Muchu heartwarming place for everyone.    

 

We value independent living in the community, where each person's choices are always respected.

 

We continue to give the voices of people with disabilities to build a society where no one is left behind.

 

We value the interaction with local people in order to live independently in the community.

 

In order to build a diverse society, we are committed to connecting with people from various regions and different fields, including local governments, educational institutions, companies, and domestic and international organizations.

 

Our joy is to bring smiles to the faces of people living in difficult circumstances and those who are feeling hard to live.

 

 

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Philosophy of the CIL Muchu

 

We are not alone.

We have a bond of

friendship that makes us

strong, kind and also fun.

 

 

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RAISON D'ETRE

(VISION, MISSION and FOCUS)

 

Vision - What is our image of society we aiming for?

The CIL Muchu is a place where all people can live the life with dignity and peace of mind.

We aim to create a society where people can live as we are and support each other.

 

Mission - What are we going to do to achieve our goals?

Our mission is to create our society for living together where no one suffers from discrimination, and values diversity.

 

Focus - What should we focus on in our activities?

The CIL Muchu's activities are focused on people with disabilities.

In order to build a discrimination-free society and build gentle people and town, we believe it is important to stand at the view point of people with disabilities from diverse backgrounds.

 

 

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MESSAGE

(Message from President: Kozo Hirashita)

 

The independent living movement is about empowering the people with disabilities who are in a tough situation.

We believe that this is the value of independent living (IL).

 

I believe that independence, in my view, begins with independence from parents, with or without a disability.

However, people with severe disabilities tend to be denied their independence.

They have been forced to live in a facility or under the care of their parents.

I also have an experience of living in a facility.

Many of the seniors I met at that time were forced to live in facilities for their entire lives.

Taking these conditions seriously, I became involved in the independent living movement.

 

Speaking of the people with disabilities, “If you walk down the street, you’ll often encounter some discriminations.”

In short, it's easy to get caught up in troubles with discrimination in our society.

That's why the world is full of social barriers.

The independence of the people with discrimination is to be prepared to take up the fight against such barriers.

It is also a challenge to social change.

 

In order to promote understanding among the local community, we hold events, participate in safe guard activity for the school children, and engage in warm interaction on a daily basis. 

 

We, the CIL Muchu members are committed to advancing the movement for independent living with these people's readiness.

We can change our society by continuing to create independent people with disabilities.

We do our best to commit to such activities.

 

We hope that as many people as possible will be inspired from this booklet to empathize with the philosophy of CIL Muchu.

 

Mr. Kozo Hirashita, President of the Center for Independent Living Muchu

 

 

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CONTENTS

 

●What is the Center for Independent Living Muchu?

 

It is a specified non-profit corporation with four business entities and activities as its main pillars: “Pit-in”, an agency for dispatching caregivers, “Suminoe-ku Core Consultation Support Center”, and “Space-Shuttle”, a day care center for the people with disabilities.

 

Illustration: The content is represented by 4 large circles.(1●~4●)

  The circle in the middle (blue・1●) is the Center for Independent Living.

The circle in the upper left (yellow・2●) is “Space-Shuttle”.

The circle in the upper right (red・3●) is “Pit-in”.

The circle in the lower left (green・4●) is the Suminoe Ward Core Consultation Support Center for People with Disabilities.

 

  A description of each piece of content and the page number of the article to which it belongs.

In addition to them…

The greeting from the president …page 5

The history of the CIL Muchu …page 8

The message from the executive director …page 35

 

 

1● CIL

~ The Center for Independent Living (CIL), which produce the independent people with disabilities in the community. ~

 

  The Independent Living Center is an energetic center that supports everyone, no matter how severe their disability, to live a life of their own in the community.

 There are 122 centers in Japan and more than 1,000 in the world.

 The CIL Muchu is a center for the people with disabilities, which is operated by staff members with disabilities.

 At the CIL Muchu, 28 people are currently living vibrant lives in the community.

 There are 60 male caregivers and 60 female caregivers to support their lives.

 

Credo (Our spirit) ...page 2

 Philosophy...page 3

 Vision, Mission, Focus...page 4

 The charm of the CIL Muchu...page 24

 Part 1 – Stories of the independent people with disabilities...Page 9

 Part 2 – The Challenge of the CIL, and the advancing of human rights protection...page 17

          Independent Living Movement – Independent living in the community, and communicating the value of Independent living...page 18

      International support and networking...page 19

      Inclusive Education...page 20

      Noah’s report of his campus life and activities in U.S.A.

 Part 3 – The Women's recruiting Project –

“Women’s Summer Camp” report...25 pages

 Support for women's work and activities...page 33

 Volunteers' voices...page 33

 Messages from professors...page 34

 

 

2● Day Care Center “Space-Shuttle”

~ A place where we can be with our friends, as the way we are. ~

 

 The livelihood care service “Space-Shuttle” was established as a daytime place for the people with disabilities.

 We are also working to eliminate discrimination and prejudice by allowing local children to become involved with people with disabilities from an early age.

 Three times a year, we hold “Shuttle Kids Fair” to create opportunities to interact with children and participate in the safe guard for school children team, hoping that the presence of people with disabilities in the community will become normal.

 Day care center “Space-Shuttle”, fair and exchange activities...page 23

 

 

3●  The Help Center “Pit-in”

~ Supporting the lives of the people with disabilities ~

 

 The Help Center “Pit-in” dispatches caregivers to their homes of people with disabilities living in the community.

 There are about 120 caregivers at “Pit-in” to support the independent living of people with disabilities.

 Help Center Pit-in ...page 16

 

 

4● Suminoe ward Core center of Consultation support for PWD

~ Consultation support services for the people in Suminoe, OSAKA ~

 

 Suminoe ward Core center of Consultation support for the People with Disabilities is commissioned by the Osaka City to play a central role in providing consultation support to the community.

 We receive consultations from the people with disabilities and their families in Suminoe ward and provide a variety of support, including assistance in using welfare services, peer counseling, protection of human rights, and provision of information about specialized agencies.

 

 

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HISTORY of the CIL Muchu

 

March 2002: Established the Center for Independent Living Muchu.

April 2002: Opening of the Center for Independent Living Muchu.

July 2002: Started peer counseling for women by women.

November 2002: Mr. F (cervical spine injury) started his independent living program. This was the first case for independent living support of the CIL Muchu.

January 2003: National Action “Abolishing of the upper limit of the support cost system” in Tokyo

February 2003: Mr. M (cerebral palsy, the first independent person from an institution) started living independently.

April 2003: The CIL Muchu acquires the status of a non-profit organization.

The support cost system. Help Center Pit-in was established.

 

June 2004: National Great Action against integration with elderly care insurance system.

October 2004: National Great Action in a storm

November 2004: Osaka Midosuji Demonstration “Action against Grand Design”

February 2005: We started accepting the Duskin trainees from Cambodia.

April 2005: The Muchu Independent Living Seminar “Independent Living Movement and I”

September 2005: Opening of “the Space-Shuttle” as a workplace.

December 2005: Support for the “Taiwan Seminar for People with Disabilities” through the Asia Support Program.

 

August 2007: Participated in the Korean TRY.

October 2007: Action against “the Services and Supports for Persons with Disabilities Act”

January 2010: Acceptance of DUSKIN 11th trainees from the Philippines.

May 2010: Published the picture book “Take the Youkai (Racist demon) Barriers down!” with the president Hirashita brothers as the model.

June 2011: Participated in Asia TRY 2011 in Mongolia.

October 2011: 10,000 people gathered for the enactment of the Comprehensive Support for Persons with Disabilities Act.

July 2012: Project to Send Parties to the Stricken Area

August 2012: Participated in the Michinoku (North east part of Japan) TRY

 

January 2014: Japan ratifies the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

July 2015: Participated in ADA25 tour of the United States. (Every year we participate in since then.)

March 2016: Participated in Nepal TRY

April 2016: HAPPY BIRTHDAY (Congratulations on the enactment and implementation of Act for Eliminating Discrimination Against People with Disabilities.) parade at Osaka's Ougimachi Park

March 2016: Participated in Cambodian TRY

September 2016: One of the women's recruit and retention project, “Women’s Summer Camp" implemented every year since then.

 

July 2019: Completed and previewed “Independent Living” a documentary film about the independent living movement that the CIL Muchu helped producing.

January 2020: Theatrical release of the movie “Independent Living” begins.

 

【Trivia: What is the Center for Independent Living?】

The Center for Independent Living (CIL) is the first organization in history that is both an activity group and a business entity, and is operated by the people with disabilities themselves!

In a society where it is easier to live for people with severe disabilities, there are good services that are easier for everyone to live in.

The most efficient way of providing services is for the government to support those who set up their own entities for the services they need.

 

 

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Part 1

Independent Living is to live your life as a protagonist for in your one life.

 

Part 1’s content

Stories of People with Disabilities: Talking about Independent Living Now

 

For us, it is a natural right to live a life of our own in the community.

In the first part, we will introduce the independent living movement, which CIL is most passionate about as part of its mission, through the voices of people with disabilities ourselves.

 

 

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Interview with Noboru & Miho's Independent Living! 

~Why did they want to do their independent living? ~

 

We introduce you to Noboru Sakaguchi and Mihoko Okamae, who have been living independently for quite some time now.

These two are activists have been passionate about independent living since before the institutionalization of assistive services.

Even though it's a new era, it will be a hot message not only to the younger people with disabilities, but to all those who want to live independently.

 

・Noboru Sakaguchi

Born in 1965 in Hirano-ku, Osaka.

The diagnosis is cerebral palsy. After graduating from special needs school at the time, he was institutionalized for five years from the age of 20. I got involved in the CIL Muchu from the launch preparatory group and started living independently at the same time.

 

・Mihoko Okamae

Born in 1966 in Higashi-Osaka City. She has loved festivals since she was a child.

The diagnosis is cerebral palsy. In 2007, she became a member of Space-Shuttle and started living independently.

 

 

Noboru:

I think it's great that I'm living in a society where many people are supporting for me.

 

Mihoko:

It took a lot of courage for me to decide living independently.

 

 

●How do they felt when they were in the facilities?

 

Q: How long did you stay at the facilities?

Mihoko: I had been in the facilities for five years.

Noboru: I think it's been five years too. I didn't have a place to go because my high school was also special needs school, so I joined there just for the sake of functional training.

Q: Why did you want to live independently after five years in the facilities?

Noboru: At the facilities, I did rehabilitation in the morning, and at noon I put bacteria of the raw shiitake mushrooms on logs and sold the finished product, shiitake mushrooms.

And I was working in the field. It was so cold every day. I've been working on it after lunch.

Mihoko: I felt myself at the facilities boring and annoying.

Q: What was that made you feel uncomfortable?

Mihoko: It's about human relationships. And awful meal. Speaking of the meal, it was made at the early in the morning. That's why it's so cold. When we went into the facilities, they took our pension or bank book.

We couldn't spend the money on ourselves. The facilities have heaters, but the director was stingy. The director of the facilities was a doctor of internal medicine at the hospital, and he was building the facilities on his private land. The most unpleasant thing was when I was taking a bath in February in the middle of winter. Suddenly, the hot bath has turned into a water bath! Maybe hot water supply system broke down or something.

Noboru: I remember! Everyone got a cold.

Mihoko; That's right! I’d never want to do it again.

 

Q: Why did you want to live independently?

Noboru: Because the facilities tended to be closed, there was a sense of fear that no matter what was done to me, and it wouldn't be able to understand it from the people outside. When I was in school, I went to school from home, so I had a certain amount of freedom to play. But once I was in the facilities, there was a daily program, and everything was set at a certain time. I didn't want to do that at that time.

Mihoko: I went in to another facilities after I left the facilities I was in with Noboru. I was working on a sewing machine. And then, I went to the group home. They asked me to move out of that group home too. At that time, I met my friend who knew Shacho (the president of the CIL Muchu), and Shacho and Noboru also knew each other, and my mom was also in trouble, so we made a connection and I went to live independently.

 

●Now leave the facilities and start independent living of their dreams!

 

Q: Did things go smoothly after you decided to start independent living?

Mihoko: My mother thought that even if I did live independently, I would be back home in a week in disgust.

Q: I wonder if your mother thought so much about you, that it also became a barrier to starting an independent life.

Noboru: Yes, yes. A kind of a barrier.

Q: How old were you when you started to want to be independent?

Mihoko: Of course, I was in my twenties! I couldn't wait to do it, because I wished I could! But I didn't know what to do. I didn't even know about the support system.

Noboru: We still didn't have the support system that we have now. The caregivers were available only a few hours a day.

 

Q: When did you first meet Shacho of the CIL Muchu?

Mihoko: We met Shacho when he was working at a wheelchair company before he established the CIL Muchu. When I left the facilities and wandered around the exchange festival in East-Osaka (Higashi Osaka fureai matsuri) with my volunteer, I met Shacho and Noboru. And then, I connected with Shacho and other people. You only get one life. That’s just the way we are. So I wanted to have fun and live independently. I was staying at my parents' house for about 17 years after I had left the facilities where I had been in with Noboru. It took a lot of courage for me to try to live independently.

 

Q: Did you have any problems in actually living independently?

Noboru: Looking for a room to live! When I said I was going to live on my own, the real estate agent said, “Are you sure you're safe?”.  I said, “I'm OK,” but it doesn’t matter that even if you have a disability or not, when you’re in real danger, does it? That's why I often got into a lot of fights with the real estate agent. I remember I went to about 20 real estate agents.

Mihoko: I'd been looking for a room with Johnny (the coordinator of the CIL Muchu)! The room I finally found was in a convenient place to live. So I still live there. The most convenient place for me right now I think, because the post office and the bus stop are near my house! (lol)

 

●Difficulties and fun in independent living

 

Q: Have you had any problems since you started living alone?

Mihoko: It was difficult to give instructions to the caregiver. Because she's not like my mother. I've been thinking about how to give the message well.

Noboru: I've never really felt a hardship. My body used to be more movable than it is now. After my body became unmovable, I felt myself in trouble using caregivers. I started to think about how I should say it so that the caregivers would understand. It's difficult to communicate with just my words. And then there's human relations. Of course, we're all human, so there’re both cases that we'll get along or not. It is natural that, when I ask the same thing, there are some people who can do it right away or some people who can't. I think I've been able to experienced that in the last 15 years.

 

Q: What are the things that make you happy about living independently?

Mihoko: I'm so happy! I can go everywhere! If I save up money, I can go on a trip! Tokyo! Yokohama! Kumamoto! I've already been to a lot of places. And we can go on a trip with taking a boat, too! And also great fun to go to nearby elementary schools for the sake of exchange with kids!

Noboru: Speaking of what I'm glad to live independently…let me think. My parents have already passed away. If I wouldn’t live independently and my parents had passed away, I'd probably be in the facilities again. I would hate to think that. I'm happy that my brothers are making a living for themselves. If I hadn't lived independently, they probably would have tried to take care of me somehow. I think it's great that I'm living in a society where many people are supporting for me.

 

●Messages to their old self before independent living.

 

Q: What do you want to tell yourself when you haven’t lived independently yet?

Noboru: It's been like more than 10 years ago... Hmmm.... Is there anything what I want to tell? (lol) I'm grateful to have met so many people and to have the cooperation of so many people! That’s the independent living that is supported by many people. I am grateful to have met Shacho and Yachan of the CIL Muchu. Thank you for all my encounters.

Mihoko: My family was the most supportive of me. And my mother's siblings. Not only that, but I think I'm supported by everyone in the community. I want to say thank you to all of my friends, the CIL Muchu, and everyone in the community! I would like to say thank you to my mom for giving birth to me. I guess I can say that now. And Mihoko! who have not lived independently yet, “you're gonna have to try harder than that!” (lol)

Noboru: That's right. Me too. “Noboru! You've got to do better than that.” (lol)

 

Q: Thank you so much for your long interview.

 

 

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Let's enjoy!

Full of hobbies in the independent living!

 

Independent living is so much fun!

On what evidence can I say that? It’s because people in independent living can devote themselves to what they want to do as much as they want.

I asked the members who lead the independent living about their hobbies as a theme.

 

◎Maakun

His hobby is bowling.

“I'm working hard to improve my score.”

Q: What is your hobby?

A: Bowling. I got my own ball.

Q: What's the score?

A: If I'm not in the good condition, it's around 60 to 70. When I’m in good, it's around170.

Q: Thanks to Your Ball?

A: I don't use my ball.

Q: Why not?

A:It's important to have a place and a direction for the shooter, but my ball doesn't have a hole in it, so it always has a different center of gravity.

Q: What are your goals?

A: I’ll aim for a score of 200!

 

 

◎Chokki

His hobby is going to live shows.

“Actually I prefer to stay at home and do things more than anything else.”

Q: Chokki, what is your hobby?

A:I often go to live shows these days.

Q: Whose?

A: Okazaki Taiiku, Uchikubi Gokumon Doukoukai, The Lethal Weapons,

 And LiSA.

Q: Who do you like the best?

A: I think it's Okazaki Taiiku.

Q: Do you have any particular insistence?

A:Speaking of my insistence, I don't go on live show tours, I don't buy their goods too much, and I go out to see interesting entertainers.... I have these rules, but I break easily because I love so much about Okazaki Taiiku.

Q: You used to have an image of staying at home, but now you're going outside.

A: Yes, I have a hobby to go out, but if I don’t have anything to do, I'd tend to be a stay-at-home person.

 

 

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◎Sanae-san

My hobbies are cooking and bathing.

“I want myself to stay healthy forever.”

Q: What is your favorite thing to do, Sanae-san?

A: Cooking and bathing.

Q: Your mother is a good cook, isn't she? Does she have an effect on you?

A: When I lost about 10 kilograms, my mom came to cook it for me. I don't want to bother her. If I make her worry too much, it's not the independent living. So I started practicing to cook my own food and eat it.

Q: Because cooking is directly related to your body, and also you don't want your mother to worry yourself, right?

A: My mom is quick to notice about myself when I lose weight or catch a cold.

Q: Do you have any plans to do more in the future?

A: I'd like to stay healthy and happy without getting sick.

 

 

◎Hayabu

“I made my own chabudai (Japanese low table for dining) and enjoyed the party for the cherry blossoms with it!”

Q: What's your hobby?

A: I think it's woodworking. I've been learning it for about four or five years now.

Q: What's your best work?

A: The first low table, chabudai I made. We even took it out to the park and held a “Ochabu-kai (the party with chabudai)” like a cherry blossom viewing party.

Q: What do you want to do now?

A: I'd like to make more and more furniture for my room. Like a chest of drawers.

Q: Do you aim to sell it somewhere?

A:It's nice to have a stall, but I think it's also nice to have a handmade corner at the Space-Shuttle fair for kids that we're running now.

 

 

◎Goisu

My hobby is reading.

“I feel pachinko game is more fun, though.”

Q: What kind of hobbies do you have when people ask you what your hobbies are?

A: No.1 is pachinko (Japanese pinball game machine as a gamble), isn’t it? Next is reading.

Q: What kind of books do you read?

A: Basically, these’re light novels. Well, a fantasy type.

Q: How much do you read a year?

A: I read about 10 books a month, so I'm probably over 100 books a year.

Q: How did it become a hobby?

A: When I was a teenager, 7,000 yen became 200,000 yen, and I’ve started pachinko from around there. Reading has been a hobby of mine since I was a child. When I was in elementary school, I was like a master who spent all my time in the library.

Q: No. 1 is pachinko and No. 2 is reading. Why is reading losing to pachinko?

A: Because pachinko can be done only occasionally, it becomes fun when playing it. Reading, I never get tired of reading, but I can read every day.

 

 

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NEW FACE Interview Assu & Ricky

 

Assu, who has just started to live independently.

Ricky, who seems to be starting to live independently.

~They are moving forward at their own pace, toward the future! ~

 

Assu has just started to live independently.

Ricky is in a time of various preparations before his independent living begins in earnest.

We asked the fresh pair what they would like to do in their independent living and what the future society would look like!

  

●ASSU

~After starting of my independent living - My dreams, My future~

 

Q: You've lived independently for about eight months. What's it like?

Assu: It’s fun!

Q: What do you enjoy doing?

A: It's fun to play games as much as you want, but my life can be tough, sometimes.

Q: What is the hard part?

A: I'm not good at cleaning. I don't know how to give instructions to the caregiver.

Q: Oh, I see. When you start to live independently, you are able to see many things. There are fun things to do, and there were some very difficult things to do.

A: That’s right.

Q: What kind of independent living do you want to live in the future?

A: Independent living without getting sick.

Q: Oh, I see. So, if you could live on your own without getting sick, is there anything you would like to do when you live independently?

Hmmm...I want to go to “Nabana no Sato”.

Q: That's good on you! That kind of dream is going to come true soon. Guess, what would you be doing, if you were in 10 years after?

A: Ten years from now...um...um...I want to go around Japan (lol)

Q: I see. Anyway, you want to go somewhere, don’t you? Travel around Japan... and you want to go around the world too?

A: Oh yeah!

Q: Do you think you want to go to space too?

A: No. In space, I hate to float myself in the air. I'm scared.

Q: Oh, I see. Your dream now is to stay healthy, travel around Japan or all over the world. Do you have any dreams?

A: ...It used to be, but I don't know now.

Q: What did you want to do before?

Ah: I wanted to be a nurse. When my grandfather was sick, so the nurse helped him a lot. At that time, I wanted to do something useful for people.

Q: So, I'm going to change the subject. Your independent living, does that mean that caregivers will come into your life, doesn’t it?

I'm sure you have a lot of various caregivers on your life. What kind of caregiver do you think is easy to use?

A: “Do you want to do that?” “Do you want to do this?” I like caregiver who can ask me what she should do.

Q: So, what do you think the being of caregivers on your independent living?

A: Someone who can help me with things I can't do.

Q: The person who makes various suggestions and helps you do what you say “yes” is the caregiver that you think is all right.

Okay, I'm going to change the subject again, but what do you think the society will look like in the future?

A: I want Japan to be able to understand people with disabilities better.

Q: Are you sure it will?

A: Oh yes, it will! I believe in it.

Q: That's great. You'll have to work hard to make that happen.

 

●Assu’s words to herself in the future!

“Let's keep moving forward, even if you would be on hard time!”

 

 

●RICKY

~Looking forward to my independent living: My Dreams, My Future~

 

Q: Now Ricky, you are preparing for your coming independent living, talking to your family, doing a trial independent living before you start your living independently in earnest. What do you want to do when his independent living starts?

R: I'd like to do something I can't do at home living with my family... First, I'd like to get all the painting tools I need to build a model.

Q: I see, that's good. Do you have a general vision of what it will be like after your independent living starts, enjoying hobbies and games?

R: That’s right. I'm an indoor person from the bottom of my heart. I aim to be content in my own new territory.

I'm thinking of looking into new things if I have the strength to do so after making the basis of my life.

Q: What is the image of a caregiver?

R: It's hard to say, but... how do I put... it's very familiar. I don't feel uncomfortable in being in the same space with him.

Q: This may seem sudden, but what do you want yourself to be in 10 years after?

R: I'd like to be able to make anything. And I'd like to use a 3D printer to put Hayabu-san on a mini 4WD.

Q: Do you have a dream? Something like “I really want to do it in my independent living!!”.

R: I want to go out to eat something delicious.

Q: It looks like a lot of fun. Nowadays, there are many stores that allow wheelchairs to enter. But according to the senior people with disabilities, it didn’t seem to be like this at all. It's just that things have changed a little bit over the last 10 or 15 years.

What do you think our society in the future is going to be like, Ricky?

R: It's going to be tough as ever, but I think it's going to get better. I wonder if it's getting better little by little, both software and hardware, in terms of feelings and buildings.

But there are some things that bother me a bit. There are more and more games that move your body, and sometimes it's hard for me to play them. I want to play games with just using the controller at hand.

Q: Games like that are released, and they're popular. But I feel like they should think more about ourselves, don’t you?

R: While technology seems to be advancing, it can actually be going backwards. I can't do it at all for the wheelchair user. I can't play the Ring Fit Adventure of the Nintendo Switch, because using legs.

I wish they'd come up with a way to make it wheelchair playable, even if it's a game that uses your body.

 

● Ricky’s words to himself in the future!

 

First of all, I want myself in the future to be able to use a 3D printer. If my skills improve more, I try to do various projects I'd like to do.

 

 

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Help Center Pit-in

~ It’s a Caregivers’ Center for Supporting of Independent Living. ~

 

The Help Center Pit-in dispatches caregivers to the homes of people with disabilities living independently in the community to help them.

 

●What is “Pit-in”?

The role of Pit-in is to realize stable dispatch of caregivers so that people with disabilities can do their own activity and live in their own way.

 

●How do we dispatch caregivers?

The coordinators create caregiver’s shifts and match them to the needs of the people with disabilities so that they can live in their own way.

 

●What if something troublesome happens?

If a person with disability has a problem in the independent living, the senior people who have been living independently and the Pit-in staff will work together to solve the problem.

Also, if a person with disability is having trouble with the relationship with a caregiver, coordinators will go in between a caregiver and a person with disability to sort out the problem and listen to them carefully so that they can have a good relationship with the caregiver.

 

◎We are looking for caregivers!

There are 120 helpers, included male and female, at Pit-in to support the independent living of people with disabilities.

If you are interested in supporting for people with disabilities to live independently at their own pace as they want,

Call here! (06-6683-1064)

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Part 2

We want to bring smiles back to the faces of people who are still in a difficult circumstance.... This is the mission of the Center for Independent Living.

 

ALL FOR ONE, ONE FOR ALL.

 

Part 2’s content

CIL's Challenge: We do our best to protect the human rights.

Our blue T-shirts have the words “ALL for ONE, ONE for ALL” in them.

 

We are always mindful of the way we look at people who are still in the difficult circumstances, and we don't just end up living independently.

In this part 2, we introduce our various activities that CIL is engaged in.

 

 

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Independent Living Movement

- Living in the community, Communicating the value of Independent Living

 

The Independent Living Movement is to protect our rights to live freely, in our own way and in the community.

 

Regardless of the severity of our disabilities, we are committed to living in the community in our own way.

It is important not only to provide specific support for people who want to live independently, but also to make the community better and build a society where people can live together.

Now, we are taking three actions to tell the value of independent living.

 

You have only one life, decide for yourself and create your own life. 

3 Actions for INDEPENDENT LIVING

 

1.Support for the independent living, and community exchange

We support those who want to live independently so that they can live independently.

At the same time, since independent living is carried out in the community, it is important to have local exchange that promotes understanding of the local people. We regularly hold festivals and social gatherings, as well as stalls at local festivals.

 

2. Awareness-raising activities through the film

In order to convey the Independent Living Movement to a wide range of people, we have fully cooperated with its production, including appearing in “Independent Living,” a documentary film about the Independent Living Movement today, and have supported its screening activities.

 

3. Making the voices of the people with disabilities heard to the government

In order to live independently, it is necessary to inform the government about the specific time assistance how much we need, and what kind of discrimination is happening in reality, and to work to solve the problem.

We also negotiate with the government every year, and we get the opportunity to give the people with disabilities’ voices.

 

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International Support and Worldwide Networking

 

When our movement led to the installation of elevators in the station, we will make various people, like parents or old people to live easily. It has helped all kinds of people in this way.

The activities for mutual aid to protect human rights are not limited to the Japanese society, but are spreading on a global scale.

 

・Global Network

Since its establishment, the CIL Muchu has been aware of international support and has actually traveled to various countries. In this way, we have met our peers who have found themselves in difficult circumstances, including a state of severe poverty. We are always inspired to connect with comrades in Nepal, Cambodia, Mongolia, Pakistan, Taiwan and Korea. This is the Asia Kokorozashi Network. We are expanding the independent living movement beyond the country, putting our lives on the line for our friends. In addition, in July 2017, the United States joined forces to launch the global network WIN (World Independent living Network).

 

・Solidarity as a Fellowship of Asia

We are not only in a position to provide training and support, but rather we are energized and inspired by the postures of Asian leaders with disabilities. As a group of Asian people with disabilities and as comrades for social change, we are working to support the movement for independent living on an equal footing so that the circle of independent living can be further expanded around the world.

 

・Study tours from all around the world to the CIL Muchu

Recently, there have been more and more opportunities to receive inspections and training from various countries.

Ministers and experts from the Thai government also came to see our center.

We also welcomed professors and students from American university.

As you can see, there are many requests from all over the world to learn about Japan's advanced model of independent living.

 

The key to international exchange is to become a family!

 

● Wanted! Volunteer Interpreter

Every time we have guests from overseas, we host a party to entertain them.

People with language skills above the daily conversation level! Please join us!

 

 

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Inclusive Education

Believing that undividable education will create the future of a society for living together.

 

Inclusive education, to put it simply, everyone has the right to grow up together, and they have more fun together than ever.

“Because of they have their disability.” “Because they can't keep up with studies.” “Because they can't do the same things as everyone else.” “Because in the general school, it’s a lack of good environment.” “If something dangerous happen for them, and we’d be in the trouble.” 

As a result, the world has also filled with the prejudice that people with disabilities are something else just because they are disabled.

As a result, our society has full of prejudices that people with disabilities are different from others.

...and it's very frustrating for those who are divided against, too.

 

Being divided into majorities can also lead to living uncomfortable in a society without diversity.

We see the first separation as the beginning of a lifetime of separation, and we see it as a problem that if you take separation for granted when you are child, you will continue to do so for the rest of your life.

That's why we go to nursery schools and elementary schools to meet them.

Since the CIL Muchu has established, we have been doing these activities because we want everyone to feel that we deserve to be there from an early age.

 

In order to further power up our inclusive education activities, we have recently established the inclusive education team called “Inclu-Kuru-Kuru”, which holds meetings to help building a better society in the future, plans studying groups, and is involved in training elementary school teachers and thinking about how to build relationships with schools.

I get excited every day thinking about how to interact with children in order to create a world where it is natural for us to learn, play and grow together!

 

 

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Noah’s Report of Studying and Activities in the U.S.!

 

Q. Noah! What are you learning in the U.S. after you worked in the CIL Muchu?

A. I’m learning and working to create a society in which people with disabilities can live without discrimination and be recognized by everyone in the community.

 

Noah’s message:

Noah’s original text is in Japanese. This English translation is not by him.

 

I’m Noah Ohashi, I had a crowdfunding event with your cooperation.

Thanks to your support, I’m now able to study and work in the United States.

 

I am currently in my fourth year of college at Illinois State University Chicago in U.S., studying disability studies (especially the empowerment model, which is the most advanced disability studies model: society is empowered when people with disabilities are empowered).

 

I am also working as a tester (acting as a hidden detective) at an independent living center in the United States called Access Living Center.

For example, if you ask a certain trendy delivery service or real estate company from a non-disability tester and me, a person with disability, respectively, and there is a difference in price, service, attitude, etc., I will sue them as a case of discrimination.

Through this role as a tester, I am in the process of learning the detailed laws related to people with disabilities.

 

Sexual minorities, the poor, single parents, foreign nationals...

There are actually many people and organizations in the world who are made difficult to live in the society for various reasons.

We will make connections with such organizations and change society together.

It takes a lot of supporters to change a society, and I think it's wonderful that we can be someone else's supporters at the same time.

 

 

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Hello! we are “Space-Shuttle” members! 

- CIL Muchu’s day care center, “Space-Shuttle”

 

We decide on the activities we want to do.

And we overcome difficulties on our own.

So we can gain real experiences that lead to self-realization.

 

 

As a base for communicating independent living for people with disabilities, we made up our place “Space-Shuttle”.

By interacting with people in the community, we aim to create a society where people can live vibrantly and live in our own way.

 

In the CIL Muchu, there is a day care center called “Space-Shuttle”, which is a place to be comfortable for people with severe disabilities.

We don't do light work, as is the case in general day care center, but rather think and work on the activities that we really want to do in our own way.

 

We decide what we want to do.

But we don't know how to get to where we want to go, or how to meet up with people. And we don’t know how we should do if there are a step or stairs.

Even if we encounter such difficulties, we are able to solve these problems on our own that we are able to gain real experience in the process of solution.

 

 

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CIL Muchu’s day care center “Space-Shuttle”

 

●Shuttle Kids Fair

 

We have a festival for children called “Shuttle Kids Fair”, which is created by people with disabilities. The purpose is that we can make new images of people with disabilities. We’d like many people to think each of us as “a friendly man or woman” rather than rough image of people with disabilities.

About 300 children from local elementary schools and nursery schools come to this fair every time to look forward to it.

Regularly held in spring, summer and fall!

Anyone is welcome to come and play!

 

●We have parties for exchange ~Let’s eat, drink and talk with us! ~

 

Anyone can come to “Party for Everyone” and “Party for Women” where about 20 people get together regularly to cook, eat, play, and talk to our heart's content!

Various people such as people with disabilities, students, care givers, children, etc. are having a fun time with delicious food!

Everyone is welcome to attend without reservation, but please check the dates and other details.

(Call 06-6683-1053 for details.)

We're looking forward to seeing you there!

 

WANTED!

★We are looking for volunteers for the fair.

Perfect for anyone who loves kids!

Let's have fun at the booth of the members of Space-Shuttle!

 

★We are looking for volunteers to cook for our party.

If you love cooking, having party or drinking, we recommend you to join us!

Cook, eat, and meet wonderful people!

 

 

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Charm of the CIL Muchu

 

We have a lot of people in the CIL Muchu.

Enjoy our people through various sorts of backstories and episodes!

 

1  “Hayabu won the Medal at the Pre-Paralympics!”

Hayabu is one of the Space-Shuttle staff. He was walking with a bronze medal on his chest. He was 20 years old at the time of the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. A bronze medalist in the pre-tournament. He is the former number one swimmer in Japan. He told us that he has been swimming for a long time and ended up at the medalist of Paralympics. It’s so cool!

 

2  “First Bungee Jump”

Okeihan is a staff member who has visually impairment.

Last year, she tried bungee jumping, which was her dream come true. “I thought I should fly in one shot absolutely! And then I did. I've learned that we, human beings can't fly and we can't beat gravity.” said Challenger Okeihan.

 

3 “Office with a Drone flying around”

This is the test-driving a drone with a camera. We've taken a lot of videos so far. So we finally get a tool of the aerial shot! We want the bigger one just like using on TV (lol). The CIL Muchu is evolving with the times!

 

4  “Strawberry Daifuku Sweets for the Minister of Thailand”

By the connection with JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency), the Thai Minister came and visit to the CIL Muchu! When we heard that the minister loved strawberry daifuku (Japanese sweets: rice cake stuffed with red bean paste and a fresh strawberry), we prepared it for our guests. They seemed to be satisfied with this cordial hospitality.

 

5  “Mongolian version of the picture book of the CIL Muchu”

The president and deputy representative of the CIL Muchu appeared in the picture book! What a wide range of activities the CIL Muchu do! We never thought it would be a picture book. (lol) And the realistic setting of the brothers is also an attractive picture book. If you have friends in Mongolia, just you recommend them the Mongolian translation. (But... why we published the Mongolian version?)

 

6  “Like a whale in the great ocean”

Mookun is the whale sculpture. It was given to us by an artist who was moved by the activities of the CIL Muchu. Mammals are said to have evolved from water to land. Some mammals were chased off the land in the course of their evolution. They won a place of their own in the great ocean they had reached. Yes, the CIL Muchu is a kind of whale!

 

 

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Part 3

We talk, cook, eat, play and laugh as much as we could.

...The origin of caregiving, which we learn at this “Women’s Summer Camp”.

 

Part 3’s content

Documentary of “Women’s Summer Camp” from the Women's Recruitment & Retention Project.

 

Caregivers are absolutely necessary to support the life of the people with disabilities.

A shortage of caregivers is always our trouble.

Especially female caregivers are by far the most inadequate.

To this end, the Women's Recruitment & Retention Project was created.

In this third part, we will show you how the women-only summer camp is interesting and energetic, and how you can meet the members of the CIL Muchu as a documentary!

 

 

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The Making of an All-Women’s Summer Camp

What is the Women’s Summer Camp of the CIL Muchu?

 

I'm sure you have fond memories of going to the summer camp in the forest when you were in elementary or junior high school.

We cooked rice, had fireworks and campfires, and talked about love affairs all night long...

However, there are many people with disabilities who have no experience in the outdoors, such as camping in the forest.

Because there are so many barriers in the outdoors... (tears)

So, we invite volunteers and we enjoy the camping together with all our might!

That's what we plan.

 

Q & A

Q. Where do you do the Women’s Summer Camp?

A. It's the Osaka Municipal Shinodayama Youth Outdoor Activity Center in Izumi City, Osaka Prefecture!

Q. What kind of members and how many people come?

A. 10 people with disabilities and 10 staff members, and then we look for more volunteers.

Q. Do you do it all women?

A. Yes! Because we're women only, so we have to do all things by ourselves without depending on men or indulging ourselves. We can become stronger and we can be enjoyable as the way we are. (lol)

Q. What do you do in the Women’s Summer Camp?

A. Every year, volunteers and staff members of people with disabilities hold a meeting together to decide. BBQ, cooking curry and rice, doing sports event at night, playing fireworks, etc. We also enjoy talking about the love affairs with friends through the night.

On the second day, we spent the morning recreating with the volunteers and making lunch when we're hungry!

It's a great camp to do what everyone wants to do!

All of the participants become getting along really well.

 

Shopping for the Women’s Summer Camp!

Shopping is so much more fun when we're doing with all together!

 

 

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●Schedule for the implementation of the Women’s Summer Camp

April: School exchange program and Recruitment of participants (1)

May: School Exchange program and Recruitment of participants (2)

July: School Exchange program and Recruitment of participants (3)

August: First meeting of the Women’s Summer Camp

      Second meeting of the forest school

      Shopping for fireworks

      Shopping for food

August 30-31, 2 days for Women’s Summer Camp in Shinodayama

September: Review meeting

October: Review meeting at volunteers’ school

November: Information session for volunteers in the CIL Muchu

 

●School Exchange Program

The CIL Muchu members goes to elementary schools, junior high schools, high schools, universities, and vocational colleges to let students know that people with disabilities are living independently in the community.

Mainly people with disabilities take the lead in sharing their personal histories and watching their movies about their actual independent lives.

We also went to various schools to recruit participants for the “Women’s Summer Camp” and caregivers to support independent living!

 

●Meeting to plan the camp

The "Summer Camp for Women" is not just an overnight stay, but an important part of the camp is the schedule for planning a program that can be enjoyed by all while exchanging opinions among the participants and students.

 

 

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Document: Women’s Summer Camp in Shinodayama

 

This Summer Camp was planned by all women, and it was carried out by all women!

Of course, there were so many barriers in the campsites and baths.

We'll tell you the real story of what everyone went through and how they felt!

 

◎ Day 1 (August 30)

BBQ with everyone!

It's raining in the Women’s Summer Camp this time! Oh no, rain! It was really heavy rain.

But we’re making dinner while getting soaked in the rain! It's so cold and wet in the rain of the summer...

And then, we couldn’t put on the fire of BBQ because of raining and damping...

We made a fire desperately against the rain, and somehow we were able to have dinner.

That meat was so great!

 

I'll never forget this experience through my life!

 

After that, the annual fireworks hosted by Ms. Okamae had to be canceled due to rain!

We’re so disappointed we couldn’t do it!

 

We enjoyed talking about love affairs through the night and playing cards!

We had a lot of fun until late at night, and it brought everyone closer together.

 

◎ Day 2 (August 31)

On the morning of the second day, it was overcast.

It's a good thing it wasn't raining! Everyone was relieved.

 

Assu planned the program of games in this morning!

Actually, one of the games was a puzzle game that even Okeihan with visually impaired can enjoy together.

It was a puzzle game, as you can see by touching it.

Assu put a string on the edge of the puzzle so that Okeihan could touch it and see the shape.

Just as we were getting ready for lunch, it was raining again!

We’ve been getting depressed because we didn't want it to rain as badly as it did yesterday. At that time, Ms. Okamae, our savior, negotiated with the staff of this campsite to allow us to cook indoors.

Thanks to her, we were able to make hot dogs and eat them all together.

 

This year's our camp was difficult to carry out because of the heavy rain. But we work hard together, then we got along well with each other.

Maybe that's the best part of the camp?

Mmm, but we wanted it in a sunny day after all... (lol)

 

 

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Participants & Muchu members with disabilities

A big roundtable discussion about the Women’s Summer Camp!

 

We visited Osaka Medical Welfare College, which had the largest number of participants in this year's Summer Camp, with those who were involved and their caregivers!

In a group of participants only, they looked back on the two days’ camp and had a lively chat! Our smiles blossomed like flowers in full bloom!

 

Ms. Okamae (PWD: Person with Disability): You did a great job through that heavy rain at the Summer Camp. Thank you so much, everyone!

Emi(PWD): Generally speaking, if it had rained that badly, the camp would have been postponed. Anyway, how was it, everyone?

Nanami (student): It was hard work with so many steps in such a natural environment, but we felt that we could make it if we all worked together.

Picky (caregiver): Even though it was very hard work, everyone did best and helped us out when we were cooking and bathing.

Mika (student): I've never made a fire, cooked outdoors, or had a camp with people with disabilities before, so it was a good experience.

 

Okeihan (PWD): No matter how many times I go to Summer Camp, it's always fun to see everyone carrying Ms. Okamae around (lol).

Mika (student): Yes! The most enjoyable part was helping Ms. Okamae to take a bath!

Okamae (PWD): You enjoyed helping me in the bathroom? Tell me more about how you enjoyed it.

Mika (student): That’s the lifting her up (lol).

Okamae (PWD): I'm so happy it makes me cry.

Picky (caregiver): Generally, people would be a bit surprised to see Ms. Okamae putting on a leisure seat to help her taking a bath (lol).

Emi (PWD): Even if you were surprised, but you worked together to help her. Ms. Okamae, you love to take a bath, don’t you?

Yuna (student): The BBQ was fun too. It was very difficult to cook outdoors in the heavy rain. But it's a good memory when it's over. (lol)

Okeihan (PWD): Students, you do volunteering a lot, but haven’t you experienced helping like physical assistance?

Nene (student): I've never cared for people with disabilities before, so I don't know how to help them at all. It was also a real shock to me. I was on the same team as Ms. Okamae. We all said I couldn't carry her by myself. (Everyone laughs) It was fun for us to carry her all together.

Picky (caregiver): Students say it was fun. You are just like an amusement park attraction, aren’t you? (Everyone laughs)

Mahiro (student): It was my first time to do as a volunteer and I didn't know everything. But they told me what to do in an easy-to-understand way, and I was happy that I was able to do something by myself.

Ayami (student): I had done volunteering several times before, but I didn't know what to do because I've never been up close and personal with people with disabilities. But at the Summer Camp, they told me what they wanted me to do, and I was glad that I knew what to do for them.

And... we had fun talking about love affairs until about 4 in the morning.

At first there were so many of us, but then they got decreasing in number (lol). In the end, we talked until there were only two of us left.

 

Emi (PWD): By the way, is there anything that you want to do? Students, do you have any ideas about what you want to help us?

Okamae(PWD): I want to go to Thailand. I'm saving up money for it now.

Picky (caregiver): It's really tough to go anywhere for people with disabilities with just one caregiver.

It would be safer if there were several caregivers. When there are a lot of people, the things we can do expand, I think. Don’t you think so? And can you tell us any ideas?

Ayami (student): I think that traveling is something that can be done for us normally.

This summer, I experienced the summer camp and other volunteering work, so I can say that now. Let's go all together again.

Emi (PWD): Oh yes, let's go! I'm glad that you got to know the people with disabilities directly through the Summer Camp, and that you've gained confidence in yourself.

 

・A small scene from a roundtable discussion

(Ms. Okamae's glasses are displaced on her face...)

Nene (student): Are your glasses too small for you? 

Okamae (PWD): Oh... my glasses coming off.

(The student puts her glasses rightly on Ms.Okamae's face.) 

Okamae(PWD): To tell you the truth, I can't see very well. 

Picky(caregiver): But she can see good-looking men clearly. 

Okamae(PWD): Nonsense! (Everyone laughs)

 

 

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◎ 2019 Women’s Summer Camp, Memorable Rankings

Here's a look at the results of the questionnaire from all the participants!

 

No. 1 Making dinner (BBQ)

Making dinner in the heavy rain was so hard!

Fire starters, we couldn't be like elegant ladies. (lol)

 

No.2 Recreation activities

The recreational activities led by Assu were designed so that even visually impaired Okeihan could enjoy participating in them.

 

No.3 Free time in the evening

We enjoyed playing a card game, talking about love affairs. Some of us went to bed early (lol).

 

Extra Edition: Taking a bath together

We all went to the big bathroom. It was fun to have everyone there to care for the first time.

 

 

・Students’ Voice: Questions and Reflections in the Women’s Summer Camp

“After participating in the Summer Camp, I want to know especially more about disabilities of them.”

“In the beginning of camp, I was too nervous to talk to them.”

“I couldn’t talk to them because of my shyness.”

“I've gotten to know them through our time together, but I wanted to talk to them more.”

 

・Students’ Surprise

“Everyone is so energetic and cheerful!”

“I thought most of the people with disabilities were quiet, but they’re not!”

“I was energized by the many people who were more powerful than me.”

 

・Comments from the 9 participants in the Women’s Summer Camp!

Yuna Kusui: I had a lot of fun playing with people with disabilities.

Mahiro Hotta: The Summer Camp was very fulfilling. I was happy to go there!

Miho Nakaguchi: It was great to work and eat together with chattering.

Miyu Yamamoto: It was good to have the courage to talk to the people with disabilities.

Ayami Oki: We had a lot of fun talking about love affairs until dawn.

Shimizu Nene: Muchu members, you always seem so cheerful and happy!

Ayu Imai: I'm glad that the people of the CIL Muchu talk to us a lot!

Mika Masuda: It was great to hear about their life experiences.

Nanami Hachigo: I felt very comfortable because people were friendly in the CIL Muchu.

 

 

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The CIL Muchu supports the Work-Life Balance for our staff!

And we support the advancement of women.

 

●Many of our employees use the maternity and childcare leave system.

The work environment for women is excellent!

We welcome those who have gone through childbirth and child-rearing to play a more active role.

 

●We don't discriminate based on gender roles.

The CIL Muchu does not impose “gender roles” on work!

Regardless of gender, those who can do it can do it voluntarily and independently, adapt their work to the situation at the right time.

 

●We value the diversity of gender and sexuality!

The CIL Muchu respects individual values.

Although “the same-sex assistance for physical care” is a general rule, we face our staff as a human being first, and talk to her/him as a human being!

 

 

We have been certified by the Osaka City as a good company for women to work. (2019.3-)

We have been registered by the Osaka Prefecture as a good company for women and men to work. (2019.6-)

 

 

●Voices of Volunteers

We’d like to introduce two of wonderful volunteers in the CIL Muchu.

 

Mr. Tomateen

Tomato Detective, The Vegetable Galactic Police of La Sada

 

I do my best for the sake of kids’ smile.

With this mission in mind, I’ve become a food education hero!

 

I have liked Kamen Rider (Japanese TV hero) and wanted to do a cool Kamen Rider costume for Halloween! That's how it all started. I got messages thanking me for “Tomateen, you have helped my child to actively eat vegetables!”. This was the beginning of my activity to get kids to eat vegetables.

That's when I made it my mission to be a food education hero who works hard to get kids to like vegetables. I participate in the Shuttle Kids Fair almost every time.

The Muchu staff are very energetic and try to entertain kids. I should learn more from them.

 

 

Mr. Yoshihiro Tsuji

Instructor at the Arbre Woodwork School

 

Muchu members never say “we can't do it” when they come across something difficult.

It’s awesome of their passion to look for alternative way.

 

Together with the members, we made a pinball table for children to enjoy at a fair, PC rack, and business card case, using power tools.

I joined them as a woodwork instructor in the workshop.

They were very cheerful and enthusiastic about their work. My idea is that the good appearance of the work is proportional to the difficulty of making it. But they always choose the difficult way. It's not “we can't do it”, but “we’ll look for the way to do it.” I could feel such passion keenly.

The events of the CIL Muchu and day care center “Space-Shuttle” are always interesting! If I were to compare it to when I was a student, I was one of the shy members’ group. If I may use that metaphor, the members were a leadership group in their class. That's my impression of them.

It's a great honor to be able to work with such people as an adult.

 

 

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Messages from our supporters

We introduce the messages from the supporters, who have been a big help to us on a regular basis. It’s about the appeal of the CIL Muchu!

 

● Amazing determination and energy “Muchu never let anyone alone”.

Mr. Kunihiro Arasaki

Professor, Department of Educational Psychology, Osaka University of Education

 

Muchu members are so great to be cheerful, energetic, and proactive.

What's attractive about them is their determination and action to never leave everyone alone. No matter how serious their disabilities, they are in the process of empowering people with disabilities and developing their independent living in a brighter and richer way. In addition to supporting the independent living of people with disabilities, the members and staff also live together with people in the community. This is exactly the point where they contribute to the realization of a community-based society.

I support the CIL Muchu does such activities.

 

● Wonderful! Muchu members achieve what they really want to do.

Ms. Takayo Kobayashi

Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, School of Health Sciences, Morinomiya University of Medicine

 

The CIL Muchu members are haphazard but have a strong core and a lot of energy. It's interesting. They work with smiling, unique staff, they will achieve what they want to do. That’s why I think it's wonderful.

As an OT (Occupational Therapist), I give them some advice on their environment and physical functions, such as communication support and welfare equipment. But they don't take my advice very well. Still I don't hate it (lol).

The CIL Muchu is also a reliable educational companion who allows our college students to learn while working as caregivers.

 

●The movement for independent living is about to expand to outer space!

Ms. Akiko Mishima

Cartoonist, Author of picture book, Lecturer at Doshisha University

 

Speaking of the appeal of the CIL Muchu, I cannot answer it in one word. Because they are so amazing to involve in so many different activities.

It's wonderful that they are doing various activities around freely and unrestrictedly, and furthermore, they are also firmly rooted in the community.

Also, the people with disabilities and the caregivers are all very nice! Their thoughts and activities is deeply, and groovy, in various directions.

I recently learned that there is another organization in Osaka called “Muchu”. That's a space development organization famous for its satellite project.

Personally, I think that the CIL Muchu (Mu means Dream and Chu means Space), as its name suggests, has the momentum to expand its movement for independent living to space.

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Dear all of you who have been reading this booklet

 

Thank you for reading this booklet.

I hope you have learned a little about our activities of the CIL Muchu.

 

Before I met the CIL Muchu, I was “a hard working person with disability who tried to fit in with the able-bodied”. The president, Kozo Hirashita said to me, “You don't have to make an effort any more to do the part you can't do because of your disability. You can tell the people around you what you want to do and just do it.

At that moment, I felt myself so much better.

And as I experienced the various activities described in this booklet, I got a lot of the support of my companions, I felt myself getting better from the bottom of my heart and understood the meaning of the Independent Living Movement.

 

People with disabilities who try hard to fit in people with the able-bodied, and people who were institutionalized not of their own volition and people with disabilities who can only live at the pace of their families to live their own lives, I want to support them to take their lives back and feel like they are the star of their own life.

 

It will take time if these small actions of ours add up, but don't give up! I believe that if we have this kind of activities, we will be able to create a society where everyone can live comfortably.

I’ll be happy if you will take part in the activities that you are interested in or feel you can do.

 

Ms. Emi Uchimura

Secretary General, the Center for Independent Living Muchu

 

 

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●Let’s check out our daily activities on WEB and SNS!

 

Homepage:  https://www.npo-muchu.com/

Instagram:  https://instagram.com/muchu.center.1053/

Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/cilmuchu/

Fan Club LINE (Open Chat from LINE):

Please load QR on the LINE app or search us as “夢宙”, and enter the participation code “muchu”.

 

●Access to the CIL Muchu

 

・By train

Get out of the ticket gate on the New Tram side of Suminoe-Koen Station, then get Exit 3 (toward Oscar Dream) and walk for 30 seconds.

 

・By car

Take Shin Naniwa-suji Avenue and Suminoe-dori (Nagai Koen-dori) towards Nanko at Suminoe-Koen Intersection. Turn left at the first street.

Oscar Dream (There is a parking lot in the basement.) is on the right.

There are some elevators in the building, go up to the second floor and turn left for 30 meters.

 

The Barrier-Free route from Suminoe-Koen station is introduced on the CIL Muchu's website with photos and videos.

 

Guaranteeing Information Accessibility, Text Page of this booklet (Japanese language)

https://www.npo-muchu.com/muchupamphlet

 

We are certified by Osaka City as a good company for women to work, “Leading Company for Women's Activity”.

 

This booklet was published with the help of the Osaka City Volunteer Activity Promotion Fund.

 

◎ NPO Center for Independent Living Muchu

postal cord: 559-0024

Oscar Dream 2nd Floor, 1-2-1 Shinkitajima, Suminoe-ku, Osaka city, Osaka prefecture, Japan

Phone: 06-6683-1053 Fax: 06-4702-4738

Email: mutyu@blue.ocn.ne.jp