Message from the President of JALD
Japan Academy of Learning Disabilities, a general incorporated association
President Masayoshi Tsuge
In June 2018, I took office as the elected president for JALD’s fifth period. I served as the vice-president in the first and second periods, after JALD became a general incorporated association, and as the president in the third and fourth periods. JALD was established in 1992; hence, this is our 27th conference. This June, our membership crossed 10,000.
I look forward to furthering the progress and reforms at JALD, in response to changes anticipated in the needs of diverse members, against the backdrop of the recent rapid changes in Japan’s education, welfare, and society, given the international trends. In this period, we have welcomed new and younger members to work with the existing and more experienced ones; they have been recruited as directors and on various committees. I am optimistic that the addition of new perspectives will work as a catalyst and help us in reaching greater heights of success.
Since my first term, I have been emphatic about JALD’s target focus areas—being “attractive” and “influential.” Moreover, there should be clarity about the brand image to build high brand value. Specifically, it relates to 1) displaying competence in research and practice, 2) the ability to disseminate information and create proposals, 3) an interdisciplinary stance, and 4) an international outlook. At the annual conference, I delivered a presidential address titled “JALD’s strengths and potentials,” which touched upon the previously mentioned ideas and relevant initiatives.
Thus, I urge the stakeholders to endeavor toward making JALD an attractive academic association with great potential. I wish to provide an environment wherein people with learning or other developmental disabilities find it easy to learn, live, and work.