Help in Israel

Three kinds of organizations for PWDs [persons with disabilities] abound in Israel: for those with developmental disability, for those with mental disabilities, and for those with physical disabilities.

Providing services to children and adults with developmental disorders are the National Association for the Habilitation of Children and Adults with Intellectual Disabilities (AKIM), Beit Issie Shapiro, Chimesis, Sulam, Aleh, The Israeli Society for Autistic Children (ALUT),  Association Asperger—Israel (EPI), Beit Eckstein, Yated, and Kol Koreh.

Those with mental disabilities, on the other hand, can go to the Israel Association for the Disabled (Etgarim), The Israeli Mental Health Association (Enosh), Kfar Rafael, Ohr Le Nefesh, Somer, Seeach Sod, Association for the Advancement of learning Disabled Students in Higher Education (LESHEM),  and The Israeli Association for Children and Adults with Learning Disabilities (Nitzan).

Physically disabled Israelites also have organizations to go to depending on their impairments. Those visually impaired can go to the Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel (AACI), Multi-Service for the Blind (Mercaz Rav Sherutim L’Eiver),  and Variety.

Conversely, the deaf in this country can find belongingness at the Association of the Deaf in Israel (ADI), Organization of Hard of Hearing People in Israel (Bekol),  Institute for the Advancement of Deaf Persons in Israel, Society for the Education of Deaf Children in Haifa and Northern Israel (Micha), and Shema.

Likewise, physically impaired Israelites suffering from diseases that affect the muscles and nerves such as cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and other neuromuscular diseases can seek refuge in Israel’s Foundation for Handicapped Children (ILAN).

Of all the centers that could alleviate the plight of persons with disabilities (PWDs) in Israel though, The PWD Forum found out 13 more organizations that care for the overall well-being of the PWDs in the country. The Association for the Quality of Life for Individuals with Special Needs (ACHLA), for one, runs the HEYANUT Center, the country’s only holistic center that provides comprehensive support for individuals with complex special needs.

Although officially registered as a pediatric and rehabilitation facility, the ALYN Woldenberg Family Hospital is nonprofit, treating children who have been injured in road accidents and terror attacks, children suffering from congenital conditions, and children suffering from physical limitations due to various illnesses.

Parents of PWDs or children of PWDs in Israel are guided through these organizations: BeineinuJerusalem Special Education Center, Kesher, Shalva, and Yad Sarah.

Integration to the Jewish community has also been at the top of the minds of the people behind Avoda Negisha, Israel Elwyn, Center for Independent Living, MILBAT, Shekel, and Yachad.

“If we are to achieve a richer culture, we must weave one in which each diverse human gift will find a fitting place.” Margaret Meade

Video from the YouTube Channel of ALEH ISRAEL

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