NEC IT Communication Support Course for People with Severe Disabilities
Since FY2008, NEC has been conducting "NEC IT Communication Support Course for People with Severe Disabilities" for personnel involved in medical and welfare fields (nurses, health workers, therapists, caregivers, etc.) in cooperation with NPO Information and Communication Technology Rescue Team.
The goal of this course is to enable patients with incurable neuromuscular diseases or severe disabilities, those who are incapable of ordinary conversations, to communicate freely with anyone , anywhere, anytime through using IT.
NEC conducts this course nationwide so that as many patients with incurable neuromuscular diseases or severe disabilities as possible can be connected to the society and improve their quality of life.
Comments from participants
- Course contents where practices are included in addition to lectures are very rare to experience in other programs, and very useful to master skills. This course is also not only for technologies but also plays an important role to link various professions in a local community.
- The disabilities of the patient that I am now caring for in the hospital are progressing, making it difficult to communicate. So, immediately after this course I was able to introduce IT communications, which has greatly helped the patients as well as their families and those nearby.
- I had previously learned about communicating via IT, but I regrettably never had the chance to try it. It was really great to be able to actually try out the switch and software in the course.