Creating Community Engagements Between People with Disability and the Local Community Through Digital Storytelling

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Authors:
Shinsuke Funaki, Fukui Prefectural University, Japan
Shoichi Fujita, NGO Human Support Nest, Japan
Kazunori Taiencho, Kakou-kai, Japan
Email: sfunaki@fpu.ac.jp
Published: January 2016
https://doi.org/10.22492/ijcs.1.1.05

Citation: Funaki, S., Fujita, S., & Taiencho, K. (2016). Creating Community Engagements Between People with Disability and the Local Community Through Digital Storytelling. IAFOR Journal of Cultural Studies, 1(1). https://doi.org/10.22492/ijcs.1.1.05


Abstract

The International Federation of Social Workers adopted a new global definition of social work in 2014. Although promotion of social cohesion and respect for diversities was included in the new definition, social work practices for promoting cultural citizenship were still under-developed in Japan. Since the 1990s, community arts organizations in Australia have developed community engagement projects for people with disabilities through digital media production, such as digital storytelling, film making etc. It is important to develop collaborative methods between social workers and artists to promote cultural citizenship as social inclusion for minority groups such as immigrants and people with disabilities. With the aid of social workers and artists working in disability care fields, iPad digital storytelling workshops for people with intellectual disabilities were organized in Fukui, Japan, from 2013 to 2014. The digital media training programs for human service professionals and social work students were organized in Sydney, Australia, and Fukui, Japan, prior to these workshops. During this research project, we conducted interviews with participants to understand the ways in which people with disabilities and the local community interact with each other through digital storytelling. This paper explores two key questions. Firstly, we examine how digital storytelling can be employed for community engagement between people with disabilities and the local community and how it can help them achieve cultural citizenship. Secondly, we investigate how we can develop social work practices for people with disabilities through digital storytelling.

Keywords

people with disabilities, digital storytelling, social work, digital media