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『自閉症の子ども達の施設で日本文化交流』in USA が、現地の新聞に掲載されました!

2018年4月、毎年訪問している、アメリカのハートフォードという町にある

「FOCUS」という自閉症の子ども達の施設に、日本から参加者を募り、文化交流のために訪問させていただきました。

毎年ですが、たった数時間の滞在でも、子ども達は離れがたく、とても素敵な時間になります。

その時の様子が、現地の新聞に掲載されましたので、ご報告させて頂きます♬

詳細はこちらです
http://www.westhartfordnews.com/news/focus-center-in-canton-hosts-visitors-from-japan/article_fb999a98-c7af-56a5-8867-e10597cc5265.html

A student from the FOCUS Center for Autism and Fresh Start School in Canton and visiting delegates from Japan’s Heart International Corporation show the love on April 4.
FOCUS Center for Autism /

CANTON — Students and staff of the FOCUS Center for Autism and Fresh Start School in Canton were delighted to be reunited with friends from Fukuoka, Japan, as representatives from the Heart International Corporation visited on April 4, according to a recent press release from the center.

The mission of Heart International Corporation is to connect Japan with the rest of the world happily. Founded by Chihomi Irie in 2014, Heart International travels the world teaching Japanese language and culture while also learning about the countries they visit.

Heart International has visited FOCUS Center for Autism and the Fresh Start School regularly since summer 2015. The group this visit included 2 adults and 3 teenage girls who joined The Fresh Start School students and staff for pizza. After lunch, the guests from Japan led an arts-and-craft project and made kaleidoscopes. A talent show followed with the Japanese visitors playing a beautiful rendition “Remember Me” from the Disney Pixar film “Coco.” The Fresh Start School students sang songs from their favorite shows and movies, danced, and played musical instruments.

Shannon, a client of FOCUS’s Autism Services Program, was overcome with joy to see the Japanese guests and was pleased to practice her Japanese language skills with those who could respond to her.

“Many of our clients and students are fascinated by the Japanese culture — especially with manga and anime imports. Having Heart International visit us is always a highlight of our year and is a great opportunity for our kids to know that their interests have real-world value in that they can broaden their community,” Donna Swanson, executive director of the center and school, said. “We would be thrilled to host Heart International as often as they would like to visit.”

Since 2000, the nonprofit FOCUS Center for Autism in Canton has been dedicated to helping children and young adults with autism spectrum and other related disorders achieve their full potential. FOCUS has developed a well-respected model of treatment that has now served over 800 children and families.

The FOCUS Fresh Start School is a private, state approved special education program offering children with autism spectrum disorder a quality education experience that addresses both their academic and clinical needs.

For information visit http://focuscenterforautism.org or call 860-693-8809.

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