People with disabilities in other nations may not have the same protections that we do here, and that can lead to tragic circumstances. We have an example from Japan. Mainichi reports.
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In Japan, getting into a good high school can have life-long benefits. But one man with cerebral palsy was rejected 27 times from entering a high school due to his cerebral palsy and care requirements. Schooling is only compulsory through junior high in Japan, but access to good jobs and status runs through attending high school.
Sadly, the man died at age 21 before he was able to finish his schooling. Now his mother is lobbying the government to change the rules so that people like her son, Jun Watanabe, can get the education they want.
Jun had special care needs. He needed his nose suctioned and he had to use a wheelchair to get around. When he was in junior high, he had access to a nurse to care for him and didn’t have to work separately from other students.
After graduating from junior high in 2013, he tried to apply to 27 different high schools and got turned down every time. Two of those were for legitimate reasons. They were full. But the other 25 rejected him even though there were places available.
When questioned by his mother about the rejections, they would repeatedly say that it was not because of his impairment and that they couldn’t provide a specific reason for the failure.
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Till the end, he never gave up applying even as he aged well beyond the range of high school attendance. But when his condition suddenly worsened this year, he died. Fortunately, there are politicians in Japan who are taking notice of cases like these and are trying to improve education access for the disabled in Japan.