Welcome to the Duskin Disability Leadership Program at UMass Boston!
The Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) at UMass Boston is partnering with the Duskin Ainowa Foundation on a leadership training program in Boston, Massachusetts. This intensive five-month program trains Japanese people with disabilities to develop leadership skills, which they then bring back to Japan.
The Duskin Ainowa Foundation has been in existence for over 30 years, and launched this Boston-based program in 2014. Since its launch, the foundation has provided individual fellowships funding Japanese people with disabilities to go abroad to gain disability leadership and advocacy skills. Starting in 2014, in addition to those individual fellowships, the program also began using a new group model to further participants’ disability leadership and advocacy training.
“The Duskin Disability Leadership program continues to advance with the times. We consider the program in Boston, launched in 2014, to be an advanced phase of our training program and look forward to many fruitful outcomes."
-Norimichi Yamamoto, Executive Director / Secretary General, Duskin Ainowa Foundation
"We founded this program 30 years ago to support young Japanese leaders with disabilities. I am proud to see the program continue to grow and thrive with this new cohort model in Boston."
-Fumihiro Taniai, Formerly Executive Director / Secretary General, Duskin Ainowa Foundation
“This program is unique in its comprehensive nature. When our trainees return to Japan, they will be ready to make an impact on the disability movement here.”
-Ryosuke Matsui, Professor Emeritus at Hosei University and Vice President of the Japanese Society for Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities
“The UMass Boston community is looking forward to learning first-hand from Japan’s next generation of disability leaders.”
-Provost Winston Langley, UMass Boston
“The Duskin Ainowa Foundation is an international force in disability leadership training. This program provides trainees with resources that are essential for any leader to have in his or her toolbox.”
-Dean William E. Kiernan, UMass Boston School for Global Inclusion and Social Development
“My internship experiences with MBTA helped me gain awareness of effective strategies and practices to improve the quality of public transportation systems, based on the voices of people in the community.”
-Kanae Kido, 2014 Duskin Trainee
“Through the experiences I had in Boston, I’m now able to think of myself beyond my disability.”
-Saki Kuramoto, 2014 Duskin Trainee
“I want to acknowledge my efforts in childhood, and I am proud of myself because I have grown in Boston. Many people helped me understand how to gain confidence.”
-Mai Kawabata, 2014 Duskin Trainee