Profile: Masayo Furui


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Profile: Masayo Furui

 

1952      Born in Himeji City, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan

1959      Entered the local public elementary school and attended the regular classes (Nozato Elementary School)

1960      Shosha Special School for the Handicapped opened and so transferred to this school

1965      3 oil painting gallery exhibitions in Himeji City (received the Prefectural Governor’s Encouragement Award)

1967      Entered the High School Division of Harima Special Boarding School for the Handicapped

1967      In charge of purchasing for the family business women’s clothing store

1970      Entered the Oil Painting Department of Ashiya Fine Art’s School

1970      Moved to Ashiya City

1972      Participated in the Executive Committee for the West Japan screening of “Good-bye CP” directed by Kazuo Hara (a 1971 documentary portraying the self-assertion of people with CP in the Japanese society where people with CP were seen as the ones who should not exist)

1972      Hosted the screening of “Good-bye CP” in Himeji City

1972      Formed Group Ribbon, a group for the independence of people with disabilities

1973      Formed and became the executive officer for the Osaka Office of the Association for People with Cerebral Palsy Green Grass

1974      Formed and became chairwoman for the West Japan Federation of the Association for People with Cerebral Palsy Green Grass

1975      Leader of the All-Japan Preparation Caravan for the formation of the Nation Liaison Committee for the Liberation of People with Disabilities

1976      January 15: Masahiro Fujita committed suicide by jumping into a train (member of Green Grass in Wakayama Prefecture)

1976      January 26: Direct action protest at the Wakayama Prefectural Welfare Center for People with Physical Disabilities

1976      March: Yoriko Nakahigashi passed the teacher’s license but did not get hired as an elementary school teacher.  Made demands to the Osaka City Board of Education as the “Association for Creating Teachers in Wheelchairs” which eventually became a direct action protest

1976      Executive officer for the National Federation of the Association for People with Cerebral Palsy Green Grass

1977      April 12: Large scale direct action protest in front of the Kawasaki Train Station against the refusal for wheelchair users to board local buses

1978      The West Japan Federation of the Association for People with Cerebral Palsy Green Grass disbanded

1979      Moved to the Maruyama area of Nagata Ward in Kobe City connected with neighbors and raised 3 children while living in the community

1990      Moved to Kure City in Hiroshima Prefecture and continued to raise 3 children while living in the community

1991      National public television NHK featured our family and how we live in their program “Ohayo Journal”.  After this program, gave many talks at the local elementary schools, junior high schools and high schools.  My talks were never about the terrible discriminations people with disabilities experience.  I spoke to the children/students conditioned to connect disabilities with negative images telling them “You may not believe this, but I have a dead brain!  Surprising, huh?  But there’s nothing wrong with that, I enjoy my life every day.  I go to all of my kid’s school Parents’ Day.  I go to lots of places and find lots of interesting things.  I’m never bored.”

1996      March: My mother who lived in Himeji City was hit by a car while riding a bicycle and sustained injuries to the head.  Went to Himeji and tended to my mother while she was hospitalized.

2003      May: After a spinal cord tumor operation, my mother came to live with us.  Started to teach her about independent living.

2004      June: Oral presentation at RI (Rehabilitation International) in Oslo.  Developed friendship with Scandinavian activists and other people such as Judith Heumann.

2004      June: Moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and lived there until August 2006

2005      September: Oral presentation at AACPDM (American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine) in Florida

2005      Oral presentation at WCPT (The World Confederation for Physical Therapy) AWP (Asia Western Pacific) Region Conference in Seoul

2005      March 15-21: Participated in direct action protest by ADAPT (American Disabled for Attendant Programs Today) in Nashville, Tennessee (68 arrests were made)

2005      October: 2nd Conference of the CP Group, an American group for people with cerebral palsy, in Washington

2005      November: Oral presentation at WCPT (The World Confederation for Physical Therapy) AWP (Asia Western Pacific) Region Conference in Seoul

2006      February 2-5: Oral presentation at ICPC (International Cerebral Palsy Conference) in Oulu, Finland

2006      March 17-24: Participated in direct action protest by ADAPT (American Disabled for Attendant Programs Today) in Nashville, Tennessee (68 arrests were made)

2006      April 20-22: Poster presentation at ICCP (International Congress on Cerebral Palsy) in Bled, Slovenia

2006      June 14-17: Oral presentation on the Green Grass protest at the Kawasaki bus terminal at SDS (Society for Disability Studies) conference in Washington DC

2006      July: moved back to Japan, live with my mother in Takarazuka City

2006      October: Oral presentation at EACD (European Academy of Childhood Disability) conference in Barcelona (Made a complaint to the conference organizer)

2006      October: Moved to Osaka with my mother

2006      December: Our letter of complaint published in EACD newsletter

2007      June: Oral presentation at WCPT (World Confederation for Physical Therapy) conference in Vancouver, Canada, became friends with Judith Heumann

2007      June: Poster presentation at EACD (European Academy of Childhood Disability) conference in Groningen, Netherlands, met again with Martin Bax, Peter Rosenbaum, and Allan Colver

2007      October 19-22: guest speaker at the 4th conference of the CP Group

2007      November: Oral presentation on adults with cerebral palsy and secondary disabilities at the 1st RESKO (Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology of Korea) conference in Pusan, Korea

2008      August 25-28: two oral presentations at RI (Rehabilitation International) world conference in Quebec, Canada, topics were “The impact of mobility transition and developing functional limitation among older adults with cerebral palsy  ”and “The grass-roots activism of people with cerebral palsy in Japan:  Early protest confronting inaccessible bus system”.

2008      September 30: Sachiko Yamashita’s book “What It Means to be Normal: Activism by People with and without Disabilities in the 1970’s” published, book is mainly about our movement during that time

2008      December 19: published article in “Women’s Asia 21” (No. 56, pp. 28-30) a journal from Asia-Japan Woman’s Resource Center, title was “Exposing the Flaw of the Obstetric Compensation System from the One Who “Should Not Exist””

2008      December 27: Organized a direct action protest against the obstetric compensation system and hand-delivered our letter of protest to the Ministry of Health Labor and Welfare, many activists gathered, continued protest and lobby activity in the new year

2009      February 25-28: Oral presentation on functional deterioration at the 3rd ICPC (International Cerebral Palsy Conference) in Sydney, Australia, also conducted a workshop on the importance of living with pride as a person with cerebral palsy

2009      April 22: English version of my article “Exposing the Flaw of the Obstetric Compensation System from the One Who “Should Not Exist”” published in “Voices from Japan” (No. 22: Women with Disabilities in Japan, pp. 26-30) an English-based journal from the Asia-Japan Woman’s Resource Center

2009      May 3: panelists at the Pacific Rim International Forum in Honolulu, Hawaii, spoke on the Japanese welfare system and people with disabilities

2009      May 4: Oral presentation on the obstetric compensation system at the 25th Pacific Rim International Conference on Disabilities in Honolulu, Hawaii

2009      November 5: Oral presentation at the 136th APHA (American Public Health Association) conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, topic was “Living with disability: Alternative strategy for an old mother to be led by her daughter with cerebral palsy

2010      February 16: my mother passed away

2010      March: “Insisting on Community Based Physical Therapy” published from Kobun-do, wrote a column titled “Living in the United States in a Powered Wheelchair” (pp. 401-402) in this book

2010      September 16: Nobuhiko Kadooka published “Crabs Walk Sideways: Half a Century of Independent Living by People with Disabilities” from Kodansha, I appear frequently in Chapters 1 through 4

2011       March 11: Great East Japan Earthquake

2011       March 16: Oral presentation at the California State University, Northridge (CSUN) Center on Disabilities’ 26th International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference in San Diego, California, topic was “Utility of Wheelchair Seated Posture Measurement Based on ISO 16840-1”

2011       April 17-20: visit Kiyoharu Shiraishi and his team in Koriyama City of Fukushima with Toshihisa Fukunaga, went to Minami-Soma City and Iidate Village to see firsthand the realities of the disaster hit areas

2011       May 11-29: Kiyoharu Shiraishi called on me to support him in in his activities, returned to Fukushima to help him as a representative of JDF Disaster Area Support Center for People with Disabilities Fukushima

2011       June 12: invited to speak at the symposium “What We Can Do Now: Report from People Who Have Documented and Aided in the Great East Japan Earthquake” at the Minoh Culture and Communication Center

2011       July 30 invited to speak at the symposium “What Does It Mean to Have a Truly Safe and Secure Life: From the Point of View of People with Generalized Physical Disabilities” by the Association Demanding Life Security for People with Disabilities (Shougairen) at the Tokyo Metropolitan Sports Center for the Disabled, presentation title “Where Have All the People with Disabilities Gone?” about my activities in Koriyama City in Fukushima and the need of Visitability

2011       August 24-26: Oral presentation on the barrier found in Japanese airline transportation at the 26th Japanese Conference on the Advancement of Assistive and Rehabilitation Technology (JCAART) in Osaka, made closing remarks on the topic of Visitability and assistive technology

2011       August 28-September 2: Returned to Koriyama City in Fukushima to aid JDF Disaster Area Support Center for People with Disabilities Fukushima

2011       September 14-17: Oral presentation on the human rights violation of people with disabilities in the areas affected by the nuclear power plant disaster in Fukushima at the 17th Congress of Child Neurologists of Mediterranean in Piran, Slovenia

 

 

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