Employment of Persons with Challenges -- "Eco Rangers"

Employment initiatives for people with disabilities at Osaka University

Osaka University began employing intellectually challenged people called "Eco Rangers" during the 2008-09 academic year for jobs such as cleaning on the Suita Campus. Under the guidance and leadership of "supporters," their cleaning activities have been expanded to include the Toyonaka Campus (in the 2009-10 academic year) and also the Minoh Campus (in 2010-11 academic year).

Physically challenged Eco Rangers have also been employed in the monitoring of parking areas and the straightening up of parked bicycles on the Toyonaka Campus since the 2010-11 academic year. On the Suita Campus, Eco Rangers are also used for weeding and cleaning of the shrubbery and grassy areas.

Eco Rangers enrich the campuses in the following ways :

The Eco Rangers' activities were publicized in the following publications:

President Toshio Hirano presents the Eco Rangers and their leaders with certificates of appreciation.

On Monday, October 21, an awarding ceremony was held at the president's office. President Hirano expressed his thanks for their untiring work at keeping the OU campuses beautiful even in the face of this summer's record heat.

Staff leaders of Suita, Toyonaka, and Minoh campuses received certificates of appreciation. In addition to certificates of appreciation,  each of the Eco Rangers also received a token of appreciation, an official "Handai goods."

Following the session, there was a commemorative photo shooting with the president. In the beginning, Eco Rangers had a strained look on their faces. As the president talked with them and shook their hands, their look changed from tense to relaxed. This experience greatly boosted their self-confidence.

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