Japan Organization for Employment of the Elderly, Persons with Disabilities and Job Seekers
In order to promote the development of infrastructures and improvement of the quality of vocational rehabilitation services, the National Institute of Vocational Rehabilitation (NIVR) conducts research on vocational rehabilitation services, development of techniques, and training of professional personnel.
In order to develop policies for vocational rehabilitation for persons with disabilities and improve employment support techniques at Local Vocational Centers for Persons with Disabilities as well as Employment and Life Support Centers for Persons with Disabilities, hospitals, and special needs schools, the NIVR conducts the following research based on the current situations surrounding persons with disabilities and trends in the development of disability-related measures.
(1) Pioneering research related to vocational rehabilitation for persons with developmental disabilities, mental disabilities, higher brain dysfunctions, and intractable diseases
Activities include research on employment security for persons with mental disabilities and current support for them, research on guidance and support for students requiring special consideration during training and learning processes, and research regarding current working conditions and future support programs for persons with higher brain dysfunctions.
(2) Research contributing to the solution of problems with vocational rehabilitation work carried out at Local Vocational Centers for Persons with Disabilities and other employment support agencies
Activities include study on current conditions and challenges in employment support organizations when providing employment support for persons with disabilities who have difficulties finding employment, and study on corporate needs for regional vocational rehabilitation networks.
(3) Research for developing effective support tools and other methods for local employment support agencies
Activities include research on development of vocational rehabilitation support tools tailored to meet the needs of diversified disabilities, and research on communication skills assessment methods for persons with developmental disabilities (study based on the upgraded standards for the Test of Emotion Recognition by Facial and Voice Expressions).
(4) Research contributing to the development of national policies
Activities include study on the current situation of reasonable accommodation provided by companies for disability employment, and study on vocational life satisfaction of persons with developmental disabilities and actual conditions in their workplaces.
Research results are integrated into Research and Survey Reports, Material Series, and various manuals, and are distributed widely to related facilities, administrative agencies, employers and employers’ organizations, etc., together with brochures and summaries that compile such data.
In addition, Test Tools and Training Materials are also developed and provided to employment support agencies, including Local Vocational Centers for Persons with Disabilities, for use in employment support practice. Equipment and software for employment support are commercialized in cooperation with manufacturers.
These accomplishments are listed on the NIVR website ( http://www.nivr.jeed.or.jp/english/ ), and can be downloaded.
Targeting personnel at employment support agencies, institutions in the field of welfare, medical care, and education, and persons in charge of employment management at business offices, the NIVR holds Vocational Rehabilitation Research Meetings every year as a venue for presenting the results of the research and activities conducted by those institutions and the NIVR, as well as for information exchange among them.
The NIVR develops support methods for persons with developmental disabilities, mental disabilities, and higher brain dysfunctions, for which traditional methods of support are ineffective due to the increasing severity and diversification of such disabilities.
Effective support methods developed through actual support for such individuals are integrated into Reports on Practical Support Methods and Support Manuals, and are provided to Local Vocational Centers for persons with Disabilities and the relevant agencies for their employment support services.
▲Employment seminar provided in the work system support program for persons with developmental disabilities
The NIVR offers systematic training according to position and years of experience to vocational counselors for persons with disabilities and vocational training instructors stationed at Local and Large Region Vocational Centers for Persons with Disabilities in order to provide them with knowledge and skills as vocational rehabilitation specialists to improve the quality of their services.
Targeting personnel responsible for employment support for persons with disabilities at Employment and Life Support Centers for Persons with Disabilities and other related organizations in the welfare, medical and educational field, the NIVR offers training to have them acquire the basic vocational rehabilitation knowledge and skills required for employment support and improvement of the quality of their services.
(1) Education and Training of Job Coaches
This training develops job coaches stationed at Local Vocational Centers for Persons with Disabilities and the Type 1 and Type 2 job coaches who are provided by welfare institutions or by employers that utilize grants for job coaches.
The training aims to promote acquisition of the technical knowledge and support methods required to become a job coach by combining training conducted at the NIVR with regional training conducted at Local Vocational Centers for Persons with Disabilities.
(2) Support Skills Training of Job Coaches
This training is for job coaches with a certain amount of practical experience, and aims to improve their skills in supporting workers with disabilities and employers in areas such as employment management and task redesign.
(3) Training of Personnel Responsible for Employment Support at Employment and Life Support Centers for Persons with Disabilities
The objective of this training is to provide the knowledge and support necessary in performing the tasks of personnel responsible for employment support at Employment and Life Support Centers for Persons with Disabilities, as well as to improve their support skills.
(4) Seminar on Employment Support for Persons with Developmental Disabilities
This training aims to provide knowledge and support method related to disability traits and vocational issues for personnel responsible for employment support for persons with developmental disabilities at related organizations, such as Support Centers for Persons with Developmental Disabilities.
(5) Practical Vocational Rehabilitation Seminar
This training, which is targeted at personnel responsible for employment support for persons with disabilities at institutions concerned with employment, welfare, medical care and education, provides specialist knowledge and practical employment support methods matched to different types of disability.
▲Practical vocational rehabilitation seminar