Collaboration with the Boards of Education, Schools, Related Organizations, and Universities
NISE openly invites boards of education, special needs education centers, kindergartens, schools, etc., across the country to apply to cooperate with NISE and strives to facilitate practical research by collaborating with related organizations in theme-based research units. NISE strives to contribute to solving issues faced by schools and boards of education across the country through collaborative efforts with various organizations, as seen in, for example, the establishment of Hiroshima Office, West Japan Branch of NISE in April 2021 following the conclusion of a comprehensive collaboration agreement with Hiroshima University in March of the same year, or the conclusion of a collaboration and cooperation agreement with the Kanagawa Prefectural Board of Education in October of the same year.
NISE also cooperates with relevant school principals’ associations in conducting survey research. In addition, NISE cooperates with the National Special Needs Education Promotion Association, a federation consisting of more than 20 associations, in organizing National Special Needs Education Promotion Council meetings co-hosted by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT).
In addition, NISE collaborates with the National Center for Special Needs Education Conference which is comprised of education centers run by prefectures or government ordinance-designated cities, and holds an annual workshop for improving the functions of each center.
Agreement signing ceremony held at Kanagawa Prefectural Government
Support for Overseas Japanese Schools, Etc.
NISE provides overseas Japanese schools, etc. with leaflets, etc., containing information on NISE's research results and video content related to special needs education, about 15 times a year through the "Special Needs Education Support Newsletter" and "Tokusoken Dayori," etc. NISE also provides consultation support for overseas Japanese schools via e-mail, etc.
In addition, NISE conducts surveys on the status of special needs education in overseas Japanese schools in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), and provides the findings at training sessions for teachers who will be posted to overseas educational facilities and other sessions.
Collaboration with Kurihama Special Needs Education School for Children with Autism, University of Tsukuba
The National Kurihama School for Handicapped Children, the predecessor of the Kurihama Special Needs School for Children with Autism, University of Tsukuba, was originally established in September 1973, in close cooperation with National Institute of Special Education (at that time), to provide educational services for children with profound and multiple disabilities. Based on the practice of the school at the time, the school was later re-established in April 2004 as the Kurihama School for Handicapped Children, University of Tsukuba to provide education equivalent to kindergarten and elementary school for autistic children with intellectual disabilities, as well as to provide them with the knowledge and skills necessary to compensate for their disabilities. Then, the school was renamed the Kurihama Special Needs School for Children with Autism, University of Tsukuba in 2007.
In July 2004, NISE and the University of Tsukuba concluded an agreement on educational research, under which NISE and the school are making various efforts through mutual cooperation.
Kurihama Special Needs Education School for Children with Autism, University of Tsukuba