Text-to-Speech software used for 1st time in Japan’s Diet by lawmaker with ALS

Lawmaker Yasuhiko Funago, who has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, on Friday 27th January 2023, became the first in Japan to ask questions using a text-to-speech function of a computer in a parliamentary plenary meeting.

Using the function to read out a prepared speech on his laptop, Funago urged PM Fumio Kishida to reduce defense spending.

Episode Notes: https://barrierfreejapan.com/2023/01/28/lawmaker-funago-1st-to-use-text-to-speech-at-japan-diet/

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01/28/2023 with Ari Ne’eman

Ph.D. Candidate in Health Policy at Harvard University.    Past Executive Director, Autistic Self Advocacy Network    Served on the National Council on Disability during the Obama Admin. For a transcript of this program, click here

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Transforming the Theatre Experience: Getting Creative with Captions with Alice Christina-Corrigan

Check out Alice’s website: https://alicechristina.wixsite.com/my-site Follow Alice on Instagram: @aliceccorrigan Follow Alice on Twitter: @aliceccorriganMore about Alice’s show Past Life: https://cptheatre.co.uk/artists/Alice-ChristinaCorriganMore about Leonard Cheshire: https://www.leonardcheshire.org/ Follow Leonard Cheshire on social: @LeonardCheshire  

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Microsoft 365 Outage & Disability News in Japan Getting ‘Lost in Translation’

When Japanese news outlets reported the problems with software like Microsoft Teams, they used the term “障害”, and since the same term is often used in a news story about disability issues, it was difficult to find news about people with disabilities in Japan, as any Google search with the term “障害” only returned results to do with the Microsoft 365 outage.

Coincidentally “障害” – or ‘shogai’ can be translated as ‘disability’, ‘impairment’, as well as more troublingly, ‘hindrance’, ‘obstacle’ and ‘failure.’ A person with disabilities in Japan could be translated literally as a ‘failed’ or ‘obstacle’ person’.

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How Much Does Biology Influence Behavior?

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What more do parents need to understand about their neurodivergent kids in order to reach that “aha” moment? Does it ever even really arrive? Penny Williams, author of Boy Without Instructions, host of the Beautifully Complex Podcast, and co-founder of The Behavior Revolution, joins Emily Kircher-Morris on episode 156 to talk about understanding what motivates our kids to be who they are. This is an episode every parent should hear. Today’s episode is sponsored by The Council for Exceptional Children. For more information, go to exceptionalchildren.org. ABOUT THE GUEST – Penny Williams is a coach for neurodivergent families and the award-winning author of four books on ADHD, including Boy Without Instructions. She’s the host of the Beautifully Complex Podcast, co-host of the annual Neurodiversity Summits, and co-founder of The Behavior Revolution, an initiative devoted to celebrating and supporting kids with ADHD or autism.  Penny empowers parents to help their neuro-atypical kids – and families – thrive.

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A Winter of Severe Chillness and Death (Unlocked)

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This episode was originally a patron exclusive. If you enjoy this episode, consider becoming a patron at www.patreon.com/deathpanelpod. Bea, Artie, and Abby discuss what it will mean for the Biden administration to end the official public health emergency declaration, alongside comments by Ashish Jha that attempt to deflect blame on hospital capacity. Then we take…

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Fritter #54 What Is Osteoarthritis?

In this episode, Jimmy discusses Osteoarthritis. Are you affected by this? Are you at risk? Find out….. Arthritis refers to biomechanical changes within a joint. Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common kind of arthritis. There are a number of contributing factors to osteoarthritis, including age…..

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After a Snowstorm In Japan and Fukushima’s Disability Employment Rate Woes

The rate of employment of people with disabilities, whereby companies are obliged to increase the employment of people with disabilities, reached the highest level in the prefecture last year, but nearly 30% of companies do not employ even one person with disabilities.

According to the summary, as of June 1, last year, the employment rate of target companies in the prefecture was 2.19% as a whole, an increase of 0.04 points from the previous year, the highest ever. It was 0.06 points below the average of 2.25%. Only 825 companies, or 54.3% of the target companies, achieved the legal employment rate of 2.3%, which is required by law for private companies.

Public institutions such as prefectures and municipalities have a legal employment rate of 2.6%, and as of the 1st of last month, 30, or about 40%, of the prefecture’s 79 institutions have not achieved it.

Episode notes: https://barrierfreejapan.com/2023/01/26/rate-of-employment-of-people-with-disabilities-in-fukushima-despite-nearly-30-of-companies-not-employing-any-disabled/

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Disability and Abolition w/ Liat Ben-Moshe (01/26/23)

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Bea speaks with Liat Ben-Moshe about lessons we can draw from linking disability justice with abolition, the threat posed by moves like California’s CARE courts and Eric Adams’s involuntary hospitalization policies, and revisit her 2020 book Decarcerating Disability: Deinstitutionalization and Prison Abolition. Find Liat’s book here: https://www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/decarcerating-disability As always, support Death Panel at www.patreon.com/deathpanelpod Find…

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Autism Stories: Ana Aragon

“With their journey with me, we slowly take down those walls in comfortable steps, little by little, and at the same time we build something that I like to describe as an armor made out of light. That is this powerful thing that carries you through life and makes you feel safe within yourself, makes you feel secure, makes you feel like you can trust yourself. You’re capable and it’s great to be you,” says Ana Aragon. Ana joins this episode to discuss how autistics grow from peer mentorship, what makes someone a good mentor, and all the things she loves. To learn more about Ana and Autistic Thoughts visit https://autistic-thoughts.com .
If you could subscribe on your favorite listening platform we would really appreciate that. If you are looking for extraordinary support support to live self-sufficient and purpose-driven lives through customized coaching then visit https://www.autismpersonalcoach.com. If you would be interested in being interviewed on Autism Stories or would like to be a sponsor send an email to doug.blecher@autismpersonalcoach.com.

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