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Mission and History of NISE

About NISE

Mission of NISE*

 The mission of NISE is to contribute to the development of an inclusive education system by realizing education that meets the educational needs of individual children with disabilities. This is achieved through operations that respond flexibly and quickly to national policy issues and issues in educational settings, while also taking into account changes in conditions pertaining to special needs education both in Japan and overseas. In carrying out this mission, NISE collaborates with national and local governments, as the only national center for special needs education in Japan.

Efforts of NISE (Direction toward achieving the Mission)*

1. Research Activities
 Research studies that contribute to the formulation and promotion of national policies on special needs education and dissemination of research results

2. Teacher Training
 Teacher training to contribute to the promotion of the special needs education policies of each prefecture and actual implementation of special needs education, and support related to enhancing the qualifications of teachers

3. Collection and Dissemination of Information, and Promotion of Understanding
 Collection and dissemination of information related to special needs education, promotion of understanding among involved persons, and efficient, effective information provision

4. Contribution to Building an Inclusive Education System
 Efforts to help solve issues confronting prefectures and municipalities, through establishment of a Center for Promoting Inclusive Education System
* The mission and vision above were presented in the fourth medium-term objectives for NISE set forth by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in March 2016.

History

Oct. 1971
Commencement of the National Institute of Special Education.

Apr. 2001
Commencement of the National Institute of Special Education as an independent administrative agency.

Apr. 2004
Reorganized to establish Department of Policy and Planning, Department of Educational Support Research, Department of Teacher Training and Information, and Clinical Center for Children with Special Needs.

May 2006
Clinical Center for Children with Special Needs was reorganized into Department of Counseling and Consultation for Persons with Special Needs.

Apr. 2007
Renamed as the National Institute of Special Needs Education.

Apr. 2008
Department of Educational Support Research was renamed as Department of Educational Support. Establishment of Information Center of Education for the Persons with Developmental Disabilities. Introduced Research Unit System.

Apr. 2011
Reorganized to establish Department of Policy and Planning, Department of Educational Support, Department of Counseling and Consultation for Persons with Special Needs, Department of Teacher Training and Collaborative Projects, and Department of Education Information.

Apr. 2012
Department of Counseling and Consultation for Persons with Special Needs was integrated into Department of Educational Support.

Apr. 2016
Reorganized into a 4-Department/1-Center system made up of the Department of Administration, Department of Policy and Planning, Department of Teacher Training, Department of Information and Support, and Center for Promoting Inclusive Education System.

Apr. 2017
Reorganized into a 4-Department/2-Center system made up of the Department of Administration, Department of Policy and Planning, Department of Teacher Training, Department of Information and Support, the Center for Promoting Education for Persons with Developmental Disabilities, and the Center for Promoting Inclusive Education System.