The following is a list of organizations in Israel that provide services and support for children and adults with specific disabilities, including (but not limited to):
- Developmental Disability
- Learning Disability
- Physical Disability
- Mental Health
- Producing and disseminating informative material about deafness through diverse media outlets.
- Offering sign language classes, both beginning and advanced, and courses for Sign Language interpreters.
- The establishment of a Center for Individual and Family Therapy, servicing families with both Deaf and hearing members, with the help of therapists who are familiar with deaf culture and the use of sign language.
At the present time, there are 10 local branches of ADI in different parts of Israel, including Haifa, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Petach Tikva, Ashkelon, Netanya, Be’er Sheva and Kiryat Gat. Contact Information: Main Office and Tel Aviv Branch 13 Sderot Yad Lebanim Yad Eliyahu P.O.B. 9001 Tel Aviv, 61090 Tel/Fax: 03-730-3355 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.deaf.org.il/
- Establishing effective, integrated, individualized educational programs and maximizing special education services at ALUT’s nurseries and treatment centers for toddlers (Alutaf).
- Establishing rehabilitation and occupational centers for adults.
- Establishing “Homes for Life”, residential homes for autistic people.
- Training professionals to work in this field.
- Providing assistance to families of people with autism.
- Advocating to advance the rights of autistic people and to improve the services available to them and their families.
Alut’s Beit Lauren in Jerusalem provides personal and group support for families of autistic children. Bet Lauren refers families to services in local communities; maintains a professional hotline during the day; and runs Parents of Autistic Children during the evening hours. For details, see www.beit-lauren.org.il (in Hebrew) or call 03-670-9094. In addition to Beit Lauren, Alut runs lectures around the country on topics relevant to autism and PDD, and provides updated information about resources that are available. A support group for family members is also provided. Main Office: 1 Corazin Street Givatyaim, 53583, Israel Tel: 03-571-8188 Mobile: 052-386-3421 Fax: 03-571-8185 Email: email@example.com Website: http://www.alut.org.il/
EPI services people of all ages on the ASD spectrum (autistic spectrum disorder) and focuses on the comprehensive needs of the individual and on the family as well.
The goals of the organization are:
- Providing assistance in setting up groups for the development of social skills which are the basic treatment tool needed for rehabilitation of children and adults with Asperger
- Providing accurate information to families seeking help regarding their rights and the availability of educational and treatment frameworks.
- Offering an open line service
- Conducting personal meetings with families in need.
- Employment programs
- Residential programs
- Interfacing with other government bodies responsible for disability benefits, educational, and vocational programming.
English speaking contact:
- Educational Services
- Residential Services
- Supported Living Services
- Clinical Services
- Senior Living Services
- Substance Abuse Services
- Respite Assistance
- Prevention Programs
- Vocational Evaluation
- Vocational Training
- Psycho-Social Programs
- Work Opportunities
- Psychiatric Clinics
- Placement Assistance
Chimes currently has branches in Tel-Aviv, Ariel, Yafo, Kfar Saba, Herziliya and Taybeh, with different branches serving different needs. Contact Details: Executive Offices Yehudit and Meir Rubanenko Campus 13 Ha’Arad Street Tel Aviv, Israel 69710 Tel: 03-644-2427 Fax: 03-647-4047 Website: www.chimesisrael.org.il
- Promote public awareness of learning disabilities
- Promote the formulation and passage of appropriate legislation
- Develop appropriate admissions and accommodations policies for learning disabled students at Israel’s colleges and universities
- Establish learning disabilities support centers in Israel’s institutions of higher learning
- Improve the professional level of the specialists working with learning disabled students
The AACI Cohen Library, which is operated by volunteers is a library for the visually impaired and homebound English speakers. The library has a large selection of mainly donated English language books on audio-tape, CD, journals, and large-print books: novels, non-fiction, Judaica, humor, self-help, and more. The Library serves over 200 members, and is growing. There are members from Naharia in the North to Eilat in the South, on the Golan Heights, kibbutzim and Moshavim, and we are delighted to be able to serve them with books and cassettes through the national free mail service for the blind. Membership dues to the AACI library is NIS 100 annually. Contact Information: Corner of 37 Pierre Koenig and 2 Poalei Tzedek, Talpiot Hours: Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9am to 12noon Phone: 02-566-1181 Fax: 02-566-1920 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: http://www.aaci.org.il
The Center for Independent Living operates in three cities; Haifa, Be’er Sheva, and Jerusalem. Ulpan for those who may not be able to benefit from a typical Ulpan due to a physical, cognitive, or emotional impairment is also available.
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- Adapting home and work environments
- Automobile and driving adaptations
- Equipment and techniques for independent self-care and grooming
- Development of special assistive devices when there is no commercial solution available for a specific person’s need.
- Providing personal, professional counseling in selecting assistive devices for improvement of all areas of functionality (personal care, mobility, seating, computer, assistive and alternative communication, environmental control, leisure activities, work, play, etc.)
- Providing details on how to obtain assistive devices whether for purchase or loan
- Representing the visually impaired community before local as well as national and governmental agencies.
- Advice to blind persons on social, legal matters, etc.
- Special aids and appliances store with display of equipment and repair laboratory.
- Tax refunding service.
- Provision of loans and grants.
- Loans of closed circuit television units for low vision persons.
- ORON journal in CD format.
- Magnification of school texts for visually impaired students.
- Computerized telephone system with media, entertainment and other information.
- A professional reference library specializing in subjects relating to blindness and the diseases causing loss of sight.
Additionally, the organization hosts protected workplaces providing employment for the blind, lectures, seminars, cultural and leisure activities, computer, Internet and auxiliary aids training courses in our Computer Center, tutorial courses to assist blind and visually impaired children, and summer vacation and recreational programs for the blind and visually impaired with their families. Contact Information Jerusalem Office: Binyan Sha’arei Hair 216 Rechov Yaffo Tel: 02-538-8955 Tel Aviv Office: 10 David Hachmi Street Tel Aviv 67778 Tel: 03-791-5555 Fax: 03-542-3710/1 E-mail: email@example.com
- School based resource rooms in which special education teachers, speech and occupational therapists form a ‘team’ that supports children with learning disabilities, enabling them to remain in the classroom, obviating the need for special education.
- An afternoon clinic in which teams of professionals offer both screening and intervention programs for children aged 3 through 18 either through private referrals or the Kupat Cholim.
- An educational testing and evaluation program in which children of all ages with learning disabilities are evaluated to create an individualized educational program (IEP) for each child.
P’TACH’s team of professionals, the majority of whom hold advanced degrees coupled with many years of experience in special education, language and occupational therapy, detect, assess and evaluate learning disabilities in children in the areas of dyslexia, comprehension (reading and oral), dyscalculia, visual or auditory perception, language, processing, organizational disorders, dysgrahia, communicative disorders, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and sensory motor integration. Although our programs are in Hebrew, all members of the P’TACH staff are bilingual and sensitive to the needs of new Olim. P’tach Address: P.O.B. 34465 Jerusalem, Israel 91344 Phone: 972-2-652-4181 Fax: 972-2-654-0489 Contact Person: Symie Liff Afternoon Clinic: Address: 20 HaKablan Street, 2nd Floor, Har Nof, Jerusalem Phone: 972-2-651-5651 Contact Person: Aviva Rubinoff Educational Testing Contact Person: Naomi Barres 972-2-5865566
- Daycare Center and Preschool
- Early Intervention Program
- Elementary and Junior High School for Girls
- Yeshiva High School for Boys
- School for Autism and Severe Communication Disorders
- Rehabilitative Program*
- Group Apartments for Adults
- Vocational Training Center
- Respite Center
- Guidance and Support to Parents and Families
* Includes: speech therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, hydrotherapy, Snoezelen, music therapy, therapeutic horseback riding, and art therapy. Main Office: 31 Yirmiyahu St. P.O.B. 5788 Jerusalem, 91057 Main Tel: 02-640-5000 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.seso.co.il English Speaking Contact: Mrs. Leah Mendelowitz Tel: 02-640-5010 Email: email@example.com
- Stress & anxiety disorder program
- Treatment program for survivors of disaster, sexual assault, child abuse and other traumas
- Dissociative disorders clinic
- Organizational consultation on stress and trauma, and presentations
- Lectures and workshops on related topics
- Treatment of depressive disorders
- Sexual dysfunction programs
- Treatment of child and adolescent adjustment problems
- Couples and family therapy clinic
- Health and medical psychology; psychodiagnostic testing
- Clinical hypnosis
- Psychiatric consultation and art therapy
Counseling and psychotherapy are offered in English. Contact Information: 23 Shlomtzion HaMalkaStreet Haifa Tel: 04-836-0494 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com Website: http://www.somer.co.il
- Activities for the homebound
- Emergency alarm response system
- Geriatric dental clinic
- Golden Garden Coffee shops
- Home services department
- Home visits by volunteers
- Information services for parents with special needs children
- Legal aid for the elderly
- Lifelink emergency bracelets
- Oxygen services and special equipment
- The Karten Rehabilitative Computer Center
- A toy library
- An enrichment center for special children and their families
- Skills training
- An employment center
- Transportation for people in wheelchairs
Please note that the Jerusalem Council for Children and Youth set up the Da’at Learning Disabilities Information Service located in Yad Sarah. Parents and professionals can get up-to-date information, articles and guidance to services via the phone: 02-644-4500. Articles are sent out in Hebrew and/or English at no cost. Yad Sarah has branches all over the country. Contact Information: Yad Sarah House 124 Herzl Boulevard Jerusalem 96187 Tel: 02-644-4444 Fax: 02-644-4508 Website: www.yadsarah.org/index.asp?id=198
- Listing of Non-Profit Medical Care Organizations in Israel: http://www.science.co.il/Medical-Organizations.asp
- Disabled Access in Israel: http://www.access-unlimited.co.il/
- Bituach Leumi Funds for the Disabled: http://www.btl.gov.il/English%20homepage/Pages/default.aspx
- Koach Latet: http://www.koachlatet.org/
- Information for the Deaf: http://www.zak.co.il/deaf-info/old/contact-il.html
- Beineinu: http://www.beineinu.org/