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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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Help in Austria

It counsels persons with disabilities (PWDs) till they get to be able to live independent lives. It supports them “no matter what kind of disability they have” till they get to be engaged in an inclusive society. It is the BIZEPS, the first center advocating independent living in Austria.

“BIZEPS is the name of the organization,” said Markus Ladstätter, board member of BIZEPS, in an online interview. “One of our core values is that the people who are in charge at our center have disabilities themselves. In fact, most of our coworkers have disabilities.”

The Zentrum für Selbstbestimmtes Leben, as its name goes in Austria, literally translates to “center for independent living.” It does so by trying to convince the legislators in the country to adopt rules and laws that would protect PWDs from discrimination and push inclusion.

“Furthermore, we have the leading news website for daily news about disability topics in German language in Austria.”

BIZEPS was founded in 1994 by PWDs who used to participate in disability movements themselves. It is modeled after the International Independent Living Movement after the members met in the autumn of 1990.

“We are a cooperative of persons with various impairments that have set them the goal to fight through the political process for a barrier-free, inclusive society in which each and every one can live an independent life in the community of all people.” ~ BIZEPS


Video taken from the YouTube Channel of WheelzOfFortune