JDS News, May 2013 Issue Contents

A New start of JDS as a public interest incorporated foundation

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Tokyo Koto Associate Branch joins JDS as the 54th branch

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Report on the World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD)
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Voices of the Self-advocates (No.1)
“I am the 1st talent with Down Syndrome in Japan.”
<Mr. Kenta Abe, 26 years old, Tokyo>
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Other WDSD-related events
○Hiroshima Branch: Enjoyed art freely
○Ehime Branch: Exciting dance performance of “Joy Pop”
○Neyagawa, Osaka: Musical show full of potentials
○Osaka Branch: “Shifting Perspectives” photo exhibition attracted a large audience
○Kagawa Branch: Leaflets handed out by people with Down Syndrome
○At St. Luke’s College of Nursing: heart-touching voice of Ms. Aya Iwamoto
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Cover story: “Teacher Megumi” loves playing with children!
<Ms. Megumi Murayama, Ms. Minako Imamura of Satsukigaoka Children’s Nursery, and Yoko Murayama (mother of Megumi), Kumamoto>
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Reporting: Research on sleep apnea syndrome by Kyushu University for which JDS provided support

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Recollection of five years of activities of “Happiness for all, Clover” - JDS support group for siblings of children and people with Down Syndrome
<Ms. Kazue Fujii (lecturer)>

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Splendid writing of Japanese “shodo” by Ms. Shoko Kanazawa attracted a number of customers at the pre-WDSD event at the Nihonbashi Takashimaya

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Warm welcomed at Honolulu Festival
<Kazuko Shimizu, Kanagawa>

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Infant Development Consultation No.213
My son, Zen’s Growth
<Takako Eltz, mother >

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Thank you very much for your donation --totaling 1.68 million yen-- on WDSD related awareness-raising activities!

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Mr. Takashi Ito, working at a children’s nursery, appeared on the awareness-raising video on Down Syndrome complied by Down Syndrome International!
<Takashi Tokita (director of the film “Takeo”), Low Position>

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Handbook on Down Syndrome (revised edition): Education and Supporting programs at home, schools, and support facilities spacer
Medical advice

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Message from the Directors: March

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Notes from the Office: 3/1~3/31

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Information Corner

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*For the cover story, read the family’s account on pages ten and eleven.

JDS News, May comment on cover page

Megumi Murayama (thirty-one years old, Kumamoto), who has been working as an assistant nursery teacher at Satsukigaoka Children’s Nursery for fourteen years, does well in various tasks as a veteran staff.