The Asian Resource Center

At the General Assembly held in 1985 at Taipei, Taiwan, it was decided to set up Asian Resource Center (ARC), and it officially started in 1986, located at the Japan League on Developmental Disabilities. The objectives of ARC are to offer information on mental retardation to people and various organizations concerned with the welfare, education, medical care and administration on intellectual disabilities. It also conducts activities such as maintaining a database of information in Asian countries, personnel training, publications, technical and material assistance and Star Raft Award. The ARC has an Advisory Committee composed of representatives of 5 full members who are designated at the Executive Board meeting that takes place immediately after the General Assembly. The Advisory Committee elects a chairperson of ARC.

The Star Raft Award

As one of the activities of ARC, the Board decided to launch the Star Raft Award at the Board meeting held in Taipei, Taiwan on Nov. 19, 2006. It was possible to do this because of a generous contribution by Mr. Yasuo Miyazawa, President of the Seisa (Star Raft) Group in Japan. Three Star Raft Awards are bestowed at the Asian Federation on Intellectual Disabilities (AFID) Conference, which is held every other year. Each awardee will receive ¥100,000. The Star Raft Award will be given in recognition of excellent activities in the field of developmental disabilities in AFID member countries, such as the provision of medical care for West syndrome; using innovative teaching methods in special schools or special classes or in training at day care centers; expanding inclusive education in mainstreaming schools; and outstanding activities provided by volunteer organizations. The award is now sponsored by the Foundation for Global Children.

The Star Raft Award Winners

Year Winners
2015. 10
Transforming Passive Learners to Active Creators with 3D Technology
APSN Tanglin School Singapore

The Learning and Experience of Independent Living Overnight Event for Persons with Intellectual Challenges
Parents' Association for Persons with Intellectual Disability, Taiwan

Learning beyond Walls
2013. 10
ASTHA in Hazaribagh, INDIA
Outstanding Activities Provided by Volunteer Organization
2011. 08
Social-welfare Corporation “Choonkang”, Korea
First social-welfare Corporation for the disabled in Jeju

Wakatakekai, Japan

Wakatake Musical and Film Production: It’s Success Story.

Philippine Association for the Retarded, (PAR) Inc.

CAMP PAG-IBIG: Annual Day Camp for Children with Disabilities
2009. 11
Special Education Association, ROC
“The Excellent Partners of Inclusive Education” program

Tanglin School, Singapore

Illustrate your Imagination @TS

Andong Young Myung School, Korea

Solidarity - and Communication - Centered Parent Education 
"Parents Camp"
2007. 11
Mr. Masaru Yada and Seibu Junior High School, Hamamatsu, Japan
“The Study of the Special Support Education for All the Students of the Regular School and Classroom by the Management of the
Support Rooms, which are Open to All the Students.”

Bradbury Centre and Hostel at Tin King of Wai Ji Christian Service, Hong Kong
“Voluntary Task Force Team”

Taipei School of Special Education, Taiwan

“Special Education-The First Disabled Multi-Sensory Stimulation room in Taiwan”