Ezer Mitzion’s Respite Program for Children with Special Needs

Empowering children and giving caregivers respite

respite

Ezer Mitzion’s respite program, allows your child to benefit from a change of scenery by spending  time with a host family  in a warm, supportive and caring environment. The program is designed to empower children, promoting their independence, whilst simultaneously giving caregivers a well deserved break.  

Host families are individually chosen  to meet children’s needs, and are trained by Specialist  staff to care for their special guests.  

Parents can choose their child’s host family from people they already know,  or from the pool of host families at “Ezer Mitzion.”All host families, undergo rigorous testing and training process and are monetarily compensated for hosting children.

  • The service is provided under the supervision of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services and supervised by qualified Social Workers.
  • The program is available Israel-wide and available year round, including Shabbat and Chagim
  • Professional Staff accompany the host family during the child’s stay
  • The service is open to all citizens of Israel, irrespective of religion, race or gender
  • There is an 24-hour emergency response

Target Population and Eligibility

Children and teens meeting the following criteria:

  • Aged 3-21 years old (in specific cases from 0-3 and 21-25)
  • Registered in one of three programs with Misrad Harevacha – Ministry of Social Affairs, Department for People with an Intellectual disability,  Department for  Treatment for People with Autism and  Department for Rehabilitation.

How to participate in the program?

  • Interested families are advised to contact the secretary of the program,  to join the database of host families.
  • Contact the Ezer Mitzion  respite program, via phone 073-3956783/4, or by email: chavim@ami.org.il Fax: 073-951120

Important Information:

  • The host family receives payments for hosting and accommodation, (the payment amounts to 180 Shekel for a midweek stay and 360 shekel for a weekend.

For more information from Ezer Mitzion click here.

Kupat Cholim Discounts on Glasses

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You may be eligible to receive discounts on purchasing glasses from your kupat cholim if you are a member of their additional health service plans. All of the kupot cholim have agreements with specific stores, or their own stores, where the discounts they offer are available. Be sure to ask the secretary at your local clinic, or the information hotline to locate a participating store. You will also have to fulfill the eligibility requirements to get your discount. We have summarized the discounts and conditions below, but be sure to check your eligibility directly with the kupat cholim.

Maccabi

Gold Members

Adults with the following diagnosed vision problems are entitled to partial coverage for the cost of plastic glasses lenses or contact lenses. Children are eligible for these same benefits, or a blanket discount of up to 600 NIS for one pair of frames and lenses per year without specific diagnosis requirements.

  • Shortsightedness or farsightedness of 7 or higher (5 up to age 10): 83% discount up to a ceiling of 510 NIS on one pair of glasses lenses or one pair of contact lenses per year, or a discount of 83% up to a ceiling 225 NIS on the purchase of a single contact lens 
  • Astigmatism or a cylinder of number 7 or higher: 83% discount up to a ceiling of 1,995 NIS on one pair of glasses lenses per year
  • Keratoconus: 83% discount up to a ceiling of 1,995 NIS on one pair of glasses lenses per year, or 998 NIS off the purchase of a single lens or 1,995 NIS off the purchase of one pair of contact lenses per year
  • After a corneal transplant or corneal therapy: 83% discount up to a ceiling of 1,995 NIS on the purchase of one pair of contact lenses or an 83% discount up to a ceiling of 998 NIS on the purchase of a single lens per year

Sheli Members

Members are eligible for any discounts available to gold members. In addition, Sheli members who need glasses are entitled to a 50% discount on the purchase of eyeglasses, sunglasses and contact lenses at participating stores. This discount can be used on multiple purchases over 3 years until reaching a ceiling of 1,002 NIS discounted (total purchase cost of  2,004 NIS). The full discount credit is renewed every 3 years. This discount cannot be combined with the discount on plastic glasses lenses available for the specific conditions listed above, but the member may choose which benefit to receive. 

Click here for full details in Hebrew on the Maccabi website.

Meuhedet

Si Members

Children up to age 18 are entitled to purchase prescription glasses once a year costing up to NIS 700 with a co-payment of 10%. When the glasses cost more than NIS 700, members pay the difference plus 70 shekels.

Adults 70 years and older are eligible for the same discount as children for regular glasses or a discount on multifocal or bifocal glasses up to a ceiling of 1,200 NIS with a co-payment of 10% once every two years. When the multifocals or bifocals cost more than 1,200 NIS, members pay the difference plus 120 NIS. 

Click here for full details in Hebrew on the Meuhedet website.

Leumit

Gold and Silver Members

Adults are are eligible for up to 70% total discounts on frames and lenses on purchases made at participating stores. Prices are determined based on the specific frame and lens choice. Children are eligible for free glasses ((frame, optical lenses and anti-reflex coating) up to 650 NIS ceiling with a 21 NIS co-payment. 

Click here for full details in Hebrew on the Meuhedet website.

Clalit

Mushlam Platinum members

Children up to age 18 are entitled to a discount on glasses up to 600 NIS once per calendar year. If the cost exceeds 600 NIS the member pays the difference. The benefit includes checking eyesight and glasses (frame, optical lenses and anti-reflex coating). Alternatively, you can use this benefit for the purchase of contact lenses.

Click here for full details in Hebrew on the Clalit website.

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“Fast Track” for Submitting a General Disability Pension Claim

Those submitting any type of health-related claim in Israel whether it be to the National Insurance Institute (Bituach Leumi), the kupot cholim, or the Ministry of Health, unfortunately often have to wait a long time for the claim to be processed and approved.

Fortunately, at least with regard to General Disability Pension claims, there is some relief available in the form of a “Fast Track” process for those suffering from serious conditions.

As part of our on-going collaboration with Kol-Zchut, we are proud to have translated and published this easy-to-read, critical and unique resource that was not previously available in English. You can either view the information below or click here to follow an external link. 

 

Related information:

 

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Stroke Victims – Benefits and Support in Israel

Individuals who have been diagnosed has having had a stroke are hospitalized for treatment and monitoring. After hospitalization, they undergo either out-patient or in-patient rehabilitation in order to best regain their functioning capacity.

Depending on the severity of the stroke, the rehabilitation process and other factors, a variety of benefits and support options are available to stroke victims in Israel. 

As part of our on-going collaboration with Kol-Zchut, we are proud to have translated and published this easy-to-read, critical and unique resource of information that was not previously available in English. You can either view the guide below or click here to follow an external link. 

 

Related information:

 

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Special Services Benefit (Attendance Allowance)

Information about the Special Services Benefit (Attendance Allowance) in English! 

A Special Services Benefit (Attendance Allowance) is paid to certain adults with medical disability who require significant assistance from another person in performing daily activities, or who need constant supervision to prevent them from posing a risk to their own lives or the lives of others.

Please note: The National Insurance Institute refers to the Special Services Benefit (a direct translation of the Hebrew קצבת שירותים מיוחדים) as an “Attendance Allowance”. 

As part of our on-going collaboration with Kol-Zchut, we are proud to have translated and published this easy-to-read, critical and unique resource of information that was not previously available in English. You can either view the guide below or click here to follow an external link. 

Related information:

 

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New Employment Website for People with Disabilities

The Avoda Negisha website aims to help people with disabilities become integrated into the workforce. The website includes job listings intended for people with disabilities, information and tools to help them find employment, support for employers wishing to employ people with disabilities, and information for professionals in related fields. The initiative is a collaboration between JDC-Israel, various Israeli government offices and ministries and other non-governmental organizations.

avoda negisha

www.AvodaNegisha.org.il

 

Note: The website is currently only available in Hebrew, but there is a chat option that shows up in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen (look for the speech bubble and the words “שוחח איתנו”), and there is a call center: 03-6013222. If you have trouble understanding the Hebrew on the site, you can chat or call a representative who should then be able to help you in English, put you in touch with someone who can, or let you leave a message for an English-speaker. If you are still having trouble, let us know.

 

What’s on the site? 

  • Job Listings – The listings are browseable and searchable, users can register and make a profile to have suitable listings forwarded to them, and they can submit applications through the site.
  • Tools for Success – Help writing and reviewing resumes, a sample resume to look at, a guide for searching for and finding employment, various training courses and a listing of assistance organizations and professionals.
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) – Visitors can browse previously asked questions or ask their own.
  • Career Magazine – Different articles and postings related to employment and training of people with disabilities.
  • Listing of service providers, a calendar of events, and more.

 

Related:

For more information related to individuals with disabilities, check out our All Rights Index (which is searchable and browseable), especially the People with Disabilities Portal and the Employment of People with Disabilities Portal.

 

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Mobility Benefit

Mobility Benefit information in English!

The “Mobility Benefit” is a collective term used for various benefits to which individuals with limited mobility may be entitled, which are aimed at helping them integrate into the community and live more independently. Each benefit has its own eligibility requirements.

Did you know that individuals with limited mobility may be entitled to…


As part of our on-going
collaboration with Kol-Zchut, we are proud to have translated and published a comprehensive portal in English about the Mobility Benefit. For more information including details about the relevant entitlements, related benefits and more, check out:

The Mobility Benefit Portal

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We offer these resources, along with hundreds of pages of other Israeli healthcare-related content for free to Israel’s English-speaking population.

Click here to donate now and please consider an on-going donation as everyone contributing their little part helps us do ours!

You can also help by:

  1. Spreading the word: Tell anyone and everyone you know who might be helped by our site and resources about us and what we have to offer.
  2. Collaborating with us by sharing your own knowledge, thoughts and experiences simply by leaving comments on our site and Facebook page (or simply “Liking” it) or, for the truly adventurous, in the form of a blog post (email us for more info: info@shirapranskyproject.org).

 

Not familiar with AACI’s Shira Pransky Project?

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Emergency Information for People with Special Needs

emergency information

The following emergency information and recommendations for people with the special needs provided by Pikud HaOref (Home Front Command) is intended for individuals with medical problems, limited mobility (and the home-bound), deafness or hearing impairment, blindness or visual impairment, intellectual developmental disorders, autism or dementia.  

The Home Front Command’s English website can be found here: http://www.oref.org.il/894-en/Pakar.aspx and the source page for this information here: http://www.oref.org.il/10660-en/Pakar.aspx.

Information for people with special needs concerning protection against rocket attack

These instructions are intended for people with special needs. Their aim is to help people with disabilities and their families, caregivers, friends, neighbors, acquaintances and professionals prepare properly and act in accordance with the required procedures in case of rocket attack.

Tips:

  • If you are in a secure space it is desirable that you remain with other people, especially people you know who can create a supportive environment.
  • It is a good idea to notify a neighbor, relative or friend as well as the assistance providers in the Authorities of the presence of a handicapped person at this location, and to give them telephone numbers, e-mail and SMS addresses, etc where you can be reached.
  • It is recommended that you apply to a relevant organization, to a professional association with which you maintain ties, or to the municipal call center to ensure beforehand that there is someone who will be able to help you in time of need. 
  • Prepare in advance all essential telephone and fax numbers, e-mail addresses and Internet support sites of contact persons.
  • For owners of mobile phones – ensure that the battery is fully charged and that the battery charger can be reached at all times.
  • You can call the service call center of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services (118) or the Local Authority (106) for the general community of handicapped and elderly residents

Preparation of the secure room

  • Select the secure space in advance in accordance with the instructions of Pikud Haoref and prepare the path to it in keeping with your needs and disability.
  • Clear away objects such as planters, various decorative objects, etc that might block or hinder your movement to and from the secure space.
  • Make sure that essential things and devices are in their permanent places, identified and easily accessible.
  • Equip the selected secure space with the special auxiliary devices you need, in your judgment, such as hearing aid, cleaning supplies and reserve batteries, television receiver with amplifier (if you have one) and power supply for the amplification system, fax machine with extra paper and spare ink cartridge, mobile phone for sending and receiving SMS messages, Zimunit (beeper) charger and computer batteries with Internet connection, multi-socket electric extension cord, writing tools and notebook, ID tag showing important information (such as “I read lips only”) and any warning systems you may have (such as baby-Minder system, warning of ringing telephone, fax, alarm, amplifier or blinking light indicating knocking on the door or ringing doorbell, emergency button, whistle or bell used to call for help).
  • Be sure that all devices and objects are within easy reach.
  • It is recommended that you equip the room with water (at least one liter per person), some food and a first-aid kit.
  • All Pikud Haoref instructions will be broadcast over the media. Ensure in advance that all communications devices in your secure space are in working order and locate them in a place with good reception.
  • Click here for instructions concerning what to do in case of an event.

For people with medical problems

  • In so far as possible, prepare medical documents signed by your treating physician that indicate the following: the state of your health, the medication you take including required dosage, list of regular tests you have to undergo, an extra prescription and any other information that may be relevant, such as dietary instructions, other doctors’ orders and Health Fund membership card.
  • Be sure you have a sufficient quantity of medicines and take care to prepare a list of times at which you must not take them.
  • Make sure to prepare any equipment you need, such as insulin syringe, oxygen, etc.

Preparations for people who are home-bound

An extended period in the house or secure space may result in attacks of anxiety and stress, which may negatively impact your own function and that of your family members in an emergency. As a rule we recommend that you prepare a family emergency plan, including games, conversation and other activities that will help the family to cope with the challenges and difficulties accompanying an extended emergency situation.

For the deaf and hearing impaired

For the blind and visually impaired

  • Organize the secure space and ensure that it affords maximum accessibility and convenience.
  • Remove any objects that may interfere with unlimited mobility.
  • Prepare a personal identification card including first name and family name, ID number, name of health fund and treating physician, name of accompanying caregiver, list of medications, blood type, special needs, allergies, critical medical information and telephone numbers of family members and friends.
  • In the secure space prepare guide dog equipment and important personal equipment.
  • For additional information, you may contact the Rehabilitation Section, Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services at Tel 02-6708181 or Fax 02-6703646.

For people with limited mobility

  • Choose a secure space appropriate for the nature of your disability so that when you hear a siren or the “tzeva adom” broadcast alarm you will be able to reach it in safety and within the time specified in the Pikud Haoref instructions. If you need more time to reach the secure space than that specified in the instructions, either choose a different secure space or make preparations in the secure space that will allow you to sleep in the secure space you have chosen.
  • Arrange the secure space and the approach to it in order to ensure maximum accessibility and convenience. Remove any objects that may interfere with unlimited mobility. If you use a motorized wheel chair or a “Kalnoit” mobility scooter be sure that extra batteries, a battery charger and a non-motorized wheelchair are available.
  • Be prepared for situations in which it is impossible to use an elevator and you will have to be carried, without your personal wheelchair.
  • Be prepared for the possibility of a flat tire. Prepare a tire repair kit with the possibility of filling the tire with air as needed or prepare spare inner tubes and a pump.
  • Consider the possibility of equipping yourself with heavy-duty gloves so that you can turn the wheels to move the wheelchair on rough ground.
  • Prepare a folder indicating your personal information and equipment for a prolonged stay in the secure space, packed so that it can be attached to the wheel chair, walker, Kalnoit, etc.

For people with foreign assistants

Advise the foreign assistants of notices published in the media in foreign languages and on the website as well as in the information center of Pikud Haoref at Tel 1207.

For those with intellectual development disorders or autism

  • It is advisable to rehearse  the things they have to do to reach and enter a secure space and what they should do when they hear the “tzeva adom” broadcast alarm or siren.
  • Prepare medications, necessary auxiliary devices and important personal equipment. It is a good idea to prepare extra clothing, personal hygiene necessities, food and drink in accordance with the personal taste of the people in question. If special food is needed, prepare food that has been ground in a blender or food substitutes.
  • It is important to create a calm atmosphere in the secure space, with pleasing and relaxing activities. Tension and pressure can be dispelled through relaxation, involvement, calling the person by name, breathing exercises, etc.
  • If a person with intellectual developmental disorders has additional limitations (such as limited mobility or psychological problems), refer to the pertinent instructions for these limitations.
  • Prepare a personal identification card including: first name and family name, ID number, name of health fund and treating physician, name of accompanying caregiver, list of medications, blood type, special needs, allergies, critical medical information and telephone numbers of family members and friends.

Instructions concerning the secure space

In an emergency, warning sirens are sometimes heard. These sirens let us know that we are under missile attack. When you hear the siren, you should act in accordance with the following instructions immediately:

  • If you have a Mamad (a secure space in your home or apartment), enter the room and close both the door and the window. If there is enough time, you can go down to the shelter.
  • If you don’t have a secure space in your home or apartment and there is no way or time to get to a shelter, you should go to the place in your home that offers the best protection possible. The best-protected place in the home is an interior room that has few windows and no outside wall. If you live in a multi-story building, you can go to the stairwell.
  • Wherever you may find yourself at the time, you should stay away from windows and wait until the alarm ends and then wait a few more minutes to be sure that the attack is over.
  • It is desirable to be with other people – in that way you will feel more secure. In the meantime, you can speak with them or think about good things in order to calm yourself. When all is over, you can return to your house. Most important of all – don’t panic!

Preparations for people suffering from dementia

  • Locate a secure space in the house ahead of time and become familiar with it.
  • Become familiar with the shelter procedures for emergencies. 
  • Identify the contacts, treatment and rehabilitation people who can help you in an emergency, if relevant. When escalation occurs, it is advisable to get medications, water and food in time.
  • If you have questions concerning yourself or members of your family, please contact an available clinic or rehabilitation facility.

 

For tips on coping with stress and anxiety see the NATAL (“Israel Trauma Center for Victims of Terror and War”) website in English.

 

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People with Disabilities

Information in English for people with disabilities!

Thousands of Israelis have disabilities of various types including physical, emotional and intellectual disabilities. Many of these people and their families are entitled to a wide range of services, benefits and support of which they very well might not be aware.

 

Did you know…

 

As part of our on-going collaboration with Kol-Zchut, we are proud to have translated and published a comprehensive portal in English for people with disabilities. For more information including details and links related to accessibility, employment, housing, military service, relevant benefits and more, check out:

The People with Disabilities Portal

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We offer these resources, along with hundreds of pages of other Israeli healthcare-related content for free to Israel’s English-speaking population.

Click here to donate now and please consider an on-going donation as everyone contributing their little part helps us do ours!

You can also help by:

  1. Spreading the word: Tell anyone and everyone you know who might be helped by our site and resources about us and what we have to offer.
  2. Collaborating with us by sharing your own knowledge, thoughts and experiences simply by leaving comments on our site and Facebook page (or simply “Liking” it) or, for the truly adventurous, in the form of a blog post (email us for more info: info@shirapranskyproject.org).

 

Not familiar with SPP?

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Camps for Children with Special Needs (Summer 2014/5774)

The following is a listing of some camps and nofshonim (short-stay camps and respite facilities) for children with special needs for Summer 2014 and beyond. Each program has it own target population (i.e. children with visual impairment, children with autism, etc.) and should be contacted directly for more details including price (if applicable), exact location, etc.

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Zichron Menachem trip to Holland for children with cancer

The campers will spend the first two days of camp in Israel for group bonding activities and will then fly as a group (about 220 people), which will visit various tourist sites, parks, amusement parks and more.

The trip is for young people with cancer ages 6-30 who are currently in treatment.

When? 6-16.7.2014 

The group is accompanied by a team of oncologists , nurses and a pharmacist with a mobile hospital to avoid the need for a hospital visit, as well as psychologists, photographers, security guards and an experienced staff of guides.

Registration is through the Zichron Menachem website: http://www.zichron.org

Phone: 02-6433001

 

ILAN Summer Camps 2014

Every year ILAN operates summer camps for children and youth ages 7-21 with physical disabilities enrolled in regular education and special education schools.

There is also a summer camp for adults ages 21-30.

The camps take place on kibbutzim, moshavim and in communities across the country. All campers go to a 5-day sleepover camp and each camper has a personal volunteer from the host kibbutz/community.

The camps have a variety of workshops and special activities geared for ILAN campers that are challenging and fun.

When? July and August

How do I register? Fill out the required forms that can be downloaded from ILAN: http://www.ilan-israel.co.il and send with your payment to ILAN via fax: 03-5249828, email: kaitanot@ilan-israel.co.il or mail: Y.L. Gordon St. 9, Tel Aviv  63458.

Following receipt of the forms, details about the date and location of the camp will be sent to the family.

For more information, contact the 2014 national camp coordinators: Meirav – 050-7672728, Michal – 052-3084178

 

Camp Shutaf

Ages 6-12 – A diverse program that includes art, drama, sports, self-defense, cooking, hip-hop dancing, a day trip and pool day once a week.

Ages 13-21 – Meet at camp in the morning and go for outside activities that can include self-defense, volunteering at a soup kitchen, meeting with the local community, visiting businesses in the area to identify potential job opportunities, pool day.

When? 3-21.08.14, Sunday – Thursday 8:45 – 14:00

Staff: Each group of 12 children or adolescents have a team leader, 3 adult counselors and 2 CITs

For more information and discount requests: Marci – 052-6948904, Email: marci@campshutaf.org

Shutaf website: http://www.campshutaf.org

 

The Young Trainer Dog Training Camp (The Dogs for People Organization)

Where? Moshav Beit Ezra (near Ashdod)

Who? High-functioning children with special needs

What? Dog care and training

When? 1.7.14-21.7.14 (it is also possible to sign up for only some days of camp)

Contact: Asia -052-2888147, asia.dfp@gmail.com

 

ELIYA – Association for Blind and Visually Impaired Children 

Family Vacation

Vacation for families with a blind or visually impaired child ages 4-15.

When? 11-13.08.14

Location: Kfar Tavor Field School

A bus leaving from Gan Eliya in Petach Tikva will be available for participating families.

For more information and registration: Iris Yunas – 03-9336840 ext. 108 / 055-6680055 or Nora – 052-6988679

 

Summer Camp

The camp is designed for blind and visually impaired children ages 6-14 and includes fun and challenging activities.

When?: 1-21.07.14 08:00-14:30, except Fridays

Where?: City Park, Levon St., Petach Tikva

Transportation is the responsibility of the parents (through the municipal transportation departments). ELIYA will send more information to anyone who is interested.

For more information and registration: Iris Yunas – 03-9336840 ext. 108 / 055-6680055 or Nora – 052-6988679

 

Big Idea Summer Camp

An international technology summer camp held in Israel for high-functioning children with autism or Asperger’s syndrome ages 7-18.

For more information about the program: 03-5285177, https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bw208jJFRT78aU00S0NlMXY3MVE/edit?usp=sharing

 

Community center camps

Community center camps are open to children with special needs, who will be integrated into appropriate groups by the camp coordinators.  The number of spots is limited, and you should contact your local community center for more information.

 

MARSHAL Tel Aviv Camp

When? During July-August

Where? MARSHAL Tel Aviv, Mendele Mocher Sforim St. 20, Tel Aviv

Who? Blind and visually impaired children from first grade and up, and their siblings

What’s included? Trips, various activities, a light meal and transportation

For more information and registration: 03-7248040

 

Fairytale Summer Camp at the Variety Center in Jerusalem

Who? Children with special needs in grades 1-5

Where? Variety Center in Jerusalem, Diskin St. 17

When? 1-24.07.14, Sunday – Thursday from 8:30 to 13:30

What? The camp combines various experiential activities from different fields of creativity, movement, music and drama along with various outdoor activities such as swimming, visiting the zoo, challenging sports activities and more…

For more information contact: Chen, camp coordinator: 02-5391928 or the Variety Center front desk: 02-5391911

 

Camp Akim Beer Sheva

When? 24-29/8/2014

Where? Youth hostel in Arad

Who? Children ages 8-21 with intellectual developmental disabilities

What? The camp features a host of various social and sports activities, air-conditioned rooms, pool time, other challenging activities, and more …

For more information: Tel: 08-6231190, Mobile: 052-6056215

 

Shema Tel Aviv Camp

When? 1-21.7.14, Sunday – Thursday 8:00 – 13:00

Where? Shema, Derekh HaShalom 34, Tel Aviv

Who? Deaf and hearing impaired children in 1-6 grades

What? Activities, performances, crafts, trip to an amusement park, pool, visit to Ariel Sharon Park, trip to Stalactites Cave, visit to Meymadion, day with deaf and hearing impaired soldiers,   sports and more. Details will be sent to participants.

Transportation: The price includes transportation from the camper’s home to Shema and back (except for isolated locales).

Each day the children will receive a roll and juice and each camper will receive a camp shirt and hat.

Cost: 1450 NIS

For information and registration, email: Summer.shema@gmail.com or call: 03-5715656

 

Camp Ken L’Adam

Who? Children with intellectual developmental disabilities, emotional problems, autism and/or rehabilitation needs (in separate groups).

Ages: Preschool, primary through high school (in separate groups)

Where? Moshav Gia 51 , ​​the Krempaf family

What? Activities with animals, gardening, painting and crafts, story time and guided imagery

The duration and character of the workshops will be customized to the campers’ needs and each group of children will have a program built according to its needs and capabilities.

The camp is run by a social worker and a qualified educational consultant and therapuetic drawing classes will be led by a certified instructor. The lawn is accessible for wheelchairs and children who are not independent will be accompanied by a staff member.

Breakfast and lunch will be served.

For more information: 052-2503984

 

Mikan Vemeala

Camp preparing children with learning disabilities for first grade.

Small group up to eight children, personal attention for each child, carefully selected quality supportive counselors .

The camp will be led and administered by Yasmin Amran, certified in the Rami Katz method, and a special education teacher with extensive experience working with children with learning disabilities.

Contact: Yasmin – 054-4901835, yasminamran@gmail.com

 

Alei Siach (מחנה נופשון עלי שיח)

Who? Children with various disorders including autism and intellectual developmental disabilities. The site is not accessible for children with physical disabilities, with the exception of babies in folding strollers.

Ages: Boys up to age 9 and girls of all ages.

Dates of camp: August 7-13 August with a volunteer for every child.

Where? Beer Yaakov Campus

Phone: Shlomit  – 02-5477908 (morning hours only)

 

Camp Or Menachem

When? August

Where? Yeshurun ​​School , Zelig Bass St. 17 , Petach Tikva 

Who? Children with cancer and their siblings

Parents interested in participating are invited to join the staff.

For information and registration: 052-8337890, http://www.or-menachem.com

 

Jezreel Valley Regional Council Camp for Children and Youth with Special Needs 

When? August

Where? Jezreel Valley communities, for Jezreel Valley residents only.

What? Challenging activities, nature walks, experiential activities, transportation, breakfast and lunch.

To register: Dikla – 050-4318032, email the child’s name, teudat zehut number, age, parent’s name, hometown, telephone and email address to diklary@gmail.com

 

Dog Training Camp for Children with Special Needs

When? 06.07.14-27.08.14 from Sunday – Thursday, 8:00 to 12:00

Where? Lapid (7 minutes drive from Modi’in)

What? Experiential learning about dogs, including learning about training dogs and interacting with them.

For details: 052-8341756, Email: orophir123@gmail.com

 

Camp Open Space – Riding with Dr. Ofer Komorovsky

When? Throughout the month of July in two week sessions, 8:00 to 16:00

Where? Hatirosh 13, Kfar Shmuel, (you can enter “חוות המרחב הפתוח” in Waze)

Who? Children from age 5 through adolescence with special needs. The camp specializes in those on the autistic spectrum. The camps has children without special needs who accompany the participants throughout the day and help them interact with their environment and with the other campers.

What? Campers go horseback riding accompanied by the professional, experienced therapeutic staff, enjoying the experience (on horseback or in a carriage), as well as time and space to choose what they want to do while accompanied by a personal counselor. They also participate in various workshops such as baking bread on a tabun, drum circles, art workshops, and more.

For details: Tel: 08-9211506, 054-4392252, Fax: 077-6150277, Email: info@open-space.co.il

 

Krembo Wings

Krembo Wings is the only youth movement in Israel for children and young adults with special needs, providing weekly social activities for young people with any type of motor, cognitive or sensory disability and their able-bodied peers.

Each year Krembo Wings offers participants, their parents and the volunteer youth counselors the chance to take part in an enjoyable three-day summer camp vacation at Beit Kay in Nahariya, designed for both children and adults alike. The goal of the camp is to provide a fun and relaxing vacation for children with special needs and their families. During the three-day summer camp, two able-bodied youth counselors accompany each child with special needs throughout the activities. This gives the parents and siblings the opportunity to enjoy a relaxing vacation of their own.

The camp’s activities are varied and suited to youth and parents alike. The camp’s enrichment activities are run by professional staff and include story-telling; dancing; yoga; swimming-pool activities; a magic show; an arts and crafts room; chocolate-making workshops; theatrical performances and outdoor training activities (such as horseback riding and zip-lining). All the activities are specially designed to be available to all of our participants, even those in wheelchairs.

For more information about Krembo Wings activities and branches across the country: www.krembo.org.il or call 09-8852385 (office) or 054-6720700 (Avner)

 

Savion in Jerusalem (נופשון סביון – עמותת שיח סוד בירושלים)

Who? Children with autism and intellectual developmental disabilities.

Ages: 5 years old and up.

Phone: 02-6405024

 

Yafia (נופשון יפיע בצפון)

Throughout the year.

Who? Children with intellectual developmental disabilities at all levels of functioning.

All ages.

Phone: 04-6551014 , 050-2188498 (Louis)

Reinforcement activities  and activities adapted for summer.

 

Magical Moments Motel (מלונית רגעים קסומים)

The facility operates at the Dead Sea throughout the year.

Who? Children and adults with cystic fibrosis and psoriasis.

The facility is appropriate for all ages.

The nofshon is designed for children and their families.

Phone: 03-6780303

 

Beit Tamar in Jerusalem (בית תמר בירושלים)

 The nofshon operates throughout the year.

Who? Children with physical and intellectual disabilities.

Ages: 8-21

Accommodation only, no activities. Children must be accompanied by a chaperon.

Phone: 02-6448601

 

Ezer Mizion’s Relief Project (פרויקט הקלה – עזר מציון)

Who? Children with autism and intellectual developmental disabilities.

Ages: 3- 21

The nofshon takes place with host families.

Host families can be requested by the child’s parents and may be neighbors, friends, or an aide/teacher from the child’s educational institution.

Host families must be approved by an Ezer Mizion/Ministry of Social Affairs social worker.

Ezer Mizion has a database of host families around the country that can be used if the child’s parents do not have one they would like to request.

Phone: 03-6144456, 03-6144457 or 03-6144433

Email: shavim@ami.org.il

 

Agam (נופשון אגם)

Operates one weekend per month in the Agam School, Raanana.

Who? Children with intermediate to severe intellectual developmental disabilities.

Ages: 7 -21

Phone: 09-7481063

 

Gan Hayeled in Haifa (גן הילד בחיפה)

Nofshon on weekends

Who? Children of all ages with special needs who are officially recognized by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services’ Department of Services for People with Intellectual Developmental Disabilities (שירות לאדם המפגר) or the National Unit for People with Autism (היחידה הארצית לאוטיסטים).

Ages: 4 years old and up.

Phone: 04-8377139 .

  

Beit David

Who? Nofshon in Mevasseret Zion for women and adolescent girls with intellectual developmental disabilities.

The nofshon operates throughout the year and during school breaks and holidays.

Participants  are integrated into all of the residence’s regular activities including employment, leisure and recreation programs.

Contact: Chaya Levy (director of the residence) or Debbie: 02-5341127

Fax: 02-5795846

Email: info@bdi.org.il

 

Tsad Kadima’s Educational-Rehabilitation Summer Camp

When? 10-14/8/14

Where? Kibbutz Hanaton (Lower Galilee)

The camp is run by a professional staff. It has a an active schedule with continuous and intensive activities according to its guiding educational principles. The first half of the day will be devoted to programs aimed at promoting the children’s motor abilities, and the second half of the day will include activities that are social and experiential in nature.

Objectives of the camp:

  • Developing of independence and promoting functional skills
  • Providing active recreational and social experiences
  • Experiencing a new environment outside the home

The camp is designed for people aged 15-25 with cerebral palsy or other motor impairments

For registration, please contact Karen Calderon: 052-8827892

 

Shalva Nofshon in Jerusalem

Shalva operates a nofshon in Jerusalem for children with intellectual development disabilities who function at different levels.

Ages: 6-21

The nofshon operates throughout the year.

Telephone: 02-6519555, 02-6275077

 

AMICHAI Nofshonim

Children and adolescents officially recognized by one of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services divisions (Department of Services for People with Intellectual Developmental Disabilities (שירות לאדם המפגר), the Unit for People with Autism (היחידה לטיפול באוטיזם) or the Rehabilitation Division (אגף השיקום)) are entitled to 15 nights a year away from home, which are referred to by the Ministry as respites days (ימי נופשון).

Every weekend, there is a nofshon at the Hod Hasharon Recreation Center. Transportation is not provided as part of the nofshon and the families are responsible for transporting the children to and from the center. The children are divided into groups that meet one weekend a month/once every two months. Participants cannot come one time, and must commit to the entire year. Groups are divided by age and level of functioning. Children with lower functioning levels have a staff member for every two children. Activities include cooking meals together and a wide variety of leisure activities.

Email: Hila – hilagl@amichai.org.il

Website: http://www.amichai.org.il

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AmichaiNPO

 

Shtilim in Jerusalem (נופשון שתילים בירושלים)

Who? For children with autism and PDD.

Ages: 3 years old and up.

Kosher meals and a volunteer for every child.

Contact: Chani – 052-7166343

 

This listing was translated from information provided by Kesher. The original Hebrew listings on the Kesher website can be found here and here.

For more information for children with special needs and their families, see our Guide for Children with Special Needs.

 

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Children with Special Needs – Rights, Benefits and Services

In addition to the inherent difficulties of parenting, parents of children with special needs find themselves confronted with many financial, social and bureaucratic hardships when trying to get the best available support and services for their children. These hardships are simply compounded for immigrants and those who do not speak Hebrew as a first language. The information on this page is primarily relevant for children with sensory, developmental, cognitive or motor disorders and their families.

Know to Ask

Review the various rights, benefits and services highlighted in this checklist to become more knowledgeable about what is available before making an appointment with the Kupat Cholim social worker at your local branch, a social worker from an aid organization, or another guidance professional for information and assistance in accessing support. Download a printable version of this checklist by clicking here. You can print out that checklist and go over it with the support professional. Please note that many items have eligibility conditions related to age, means, insurance membership or other factors.

Discounts, Exemptions and Assistance from the Health Plans

Education

Financial Assistance and Other Benefits

Employment

Supportive and Nursing Care

Patient Support Organizations

This is not an exclusive list, check out the “Children” section of our organizations directory for more organizations. If you have a need for a service you do not see here, we urge you to make your need known. If it is not already addressed by an existing program, many organizations will use their resources to facilitate your individual needs in any way possible.

General Services

Counseling, Support and Rehabilitation

Recreation and Respite

Specialized Organizations

More Organizations

Where to Turn

Here are your primary avenues for receiving helpful information. Remember to be persistent in seeking clear and comprehensive details about assistance and the means to access it. There are multiple sources for guidance and often you need to pursue more than one.

  • Kupat Cholim Social Workers: Every health fund employs a social work staff with hours available to address any of your needs. Speak to your branch secretary about office hours or to arrange an appointment. The Child Development Services branches also offer assistance from social workers.
  • Organization Social Workers and Other Assistance Professionals: Many patient support organizations offer guidance to the community they serve through social workers or counselors providing specialized information and assistance.
  • School Social Workers and Other Assistance Professionals: Many schools with special needs programs offer guidance to their parents through social workers or counselors providing specialized information and assistance.

What Assistance Can You Expect?

  • Information about rights and services that relate specifically to a person’s circumstances, and practical guidance on acquiring them.
  • Practical insight, and some hand holding, on navigating the system, whether it be within the healthcare system, in government bureaucracy or the education system.
  • Help finding and connecting with organizations dedicated to particular conditions, where there may be even more resources of specific interest to you.
  • Help with emotional coping in difficult situations.

A Few Tips:

  • Schedule a sit-down meeting with enough time blocked out to discuss what you need.
  • Delegate tasks to accomplish your goals. Note the things you need to do (e.g. call this office, obtain these documents, etc.) and the things the social worker is committing to doing (e.g. calling that office, finding out about that service, getting those forms, etc.).
  • Schedule the next contact. e.g. The social worker will call you in two days with some follow-up information, or you will meet again in a week to fill out forms together, etc.
  • Show your appreciation. Everyone in the healthcare sector chose to go into a profession dedicated to helping others. The social workers especially, did not do it for the glamour.

The information appearing here, along with some more resources, also appears in the Children with Special Needs Portal and the Special Education and Integration into Regular Education Portal we translated as part of our collaboration with the Kol-Zchut organization. Comprehensive information for parents of children with special needs can also be found in the Kesher Organization’s Ksharim Booklet.

Remember that a printable, slightly modified PDF version of this checklist may be found here.

 

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New Virtual Community for English Speaking Families of Children with Special Needs

The Shira Pransky Project is happy to pass along the following announcement from Kesher– The Home for Special Families:

Kesher-The Home for Special Families

In honor of the New Year, Kesher– The Home for Special Families, is thrilled to announce the establishment of an innovative Virtual Community for English speaking families of children with special needs!

Kesher is a leading organization inIsrael that works to create informed, empowered, and motivated families of children with special needs. We strive towards significant social change through advocacy, developmen

Our new Virtual Community, based off of a highly successful pre-existing model for Hebrew speakers, will offer English speaking families the opportunity to serve as participatory members of a large and diverse community of special families in Israel, comprised of Hebrew, Arabic, and Russian speaking members.t, and social service programs.

Virtual Community participants are offered:

  • Regular email updates concerning, benefits, legislation, new services, conferences, lectures and more.
  • The opportunity to participate in all other Kesher activities including:
    • Lectures and Workshops for Families
    • Training for Parents and Professionals
    • Information and guidance from our Information Center: 1-700-501-601 (makom-m.cet.co.il)
    • Access to our ‘Connecting Parents’ Portal (www.horimbekesher.co.il).

Together, we will not stand alone.

Together, we will work to realize equal rights.

Together, we will strengthen and support each other.

And together, we will constitute an empowered part of Israeli society.

Kesher invites you to join in our family, and ask that you forward this information to all relevant families and professionals.

For more information, or to join our Resource Center please contact us:

 Alana Ebin, Anglo Communities Coordinator

KesherEnglishFamilies@gmail.com

Telephone: 02-6236116

Fax: 02-6246390

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Long Term Care Insurance

What is Long-term Care Insurance?

Long-term care insurance is meant to cover financial support and/or assistance services for a person who cannot carry out Activities of Daily Living (ADL) and needs continual care. ADLs are six basic daily activities: 

  • standing up and lying down
  • dressing and undressing
  • bathing
  • eating and drinking
  • walking
  • continence

The inability to perform several of these activities usually constitutes a long-term care insurance event. 

These policies are most commonly associated with fulfilling the needs of the elderly, but it is important to remember that they can be just as applicable to a younger person that encounters disabling conditions. 

Through the Kupat Cholim

Long-term care insurance offered through the Kupat Cholim is a group insurance plan provided by the health fund in association with a private insurance company.

The policy is not like the other supplemental insurance plans offered by the Kupah in the following ways:

  • There is no obligation to accept every applicant to this plan.
  • The group insurance is for a limited period, and the insurance company is entitled not to renew it at the end of the period.
  • This insurance has no connection to the Health Basket and should be regarded the same as any group health insurance policy.

Comparison

Since Long Term Care Insurance is a private insurance policy, you can compare the terms of the proposed policy from the Kupat Cholim to any other policy offered by a private insurance company. A registered insurance agent can help you determine which policy is suitable and purchase it directly from the insurance company.

One who considers buying long-term care insurance should look into the following details:

Claims and Benefits
  • How is the insurance event defined?
    • How many ADLs does it take to define the insurance event? (In most cases, the qualifying situation is the inability to perform three or four ADLs)
    • Are mental frailty and Alzheimer’s included in the definition of the insurance event?
  • How long can benefits be paid? (Possible periods are three years, five years, and unlimited. The duration has an effect on the level of premium.)
  • What is the level of the monthly benefit? 
    • Can the monthly benefit be enlarged?
    • Does the level of insurance benefits depend on the insured’s age?
  • Are the insurance benefits given in the form of indemnification (against actual expenses) or of compensation?
  • Does the policy cover nursing care in the insured’s home?
    • Are receipts required in the case of at-home care?
  • Does the policy have a nonforfeiture benefit, i.e., an entitlement to partial benefits even if the insurance is terminated? 
Costs
  • Is the insurer allowed to change the premium for insureds at large (in contrast to a declared change in premium that is adjusted to the age of each insured), and under what conditions?
  • Is it possible to buy a policy in which the premium does not change as the insured ages?
  • What rights does the insured have in the event of an increase in premiums? (According to some policies, if the premium scale is raised the insured may pay the old price for reduced benefits and/or become eligible for a nonforfeiture benefit.)
  • Is the insured excused from paying premiums while receiving monthly benefits?
  • Are the premiums for at-home care different from those upon admission to a nursing institution?

 

Related pages:

Community Rehabilitation of the Mentally Disabled

Rehabilitation in the Community

The Rehabilitation of the Mentally Disabled in the Community Law refers to the rehabilitation and integration of the mentally ill in the community in order to facilitate the greatest possible level of functional independence and quality of life.

The law defines “rehabilitation” as a process aimed at developing the abilities and skills of the mentally disabled in a community framework accompanied by medical oversight. It includes rights for the mentally disabled in housing, employment, education and professional training, as well as training in the development of social skills and use of leisure time.

The Regional Rehabilitation Board

A mentally disabled individual who is at least 18 years old and suffers from a medical disability as the result of a mental disturbance, may request that the regional rehabilitation board determine his/her eligibility for a rehabilitation program. The request must be accompanied by the professional opinion of a psychiatrist that the individual requires rehabilitative services as a result of this disability.

Every regional rehabilitation board is composed of 3 members. In order to fulfill its duties, and subject to the legal requirements regarding relinquishing medical confidentiality, the board may refer a mentally disabled individual for a psychiatric functionality examination; study the individual’s medical file; hear and receive expert opinions in different fields; listen to the mentally disabled individual, his/her family or other interested parties; as well as demand required information from the mentally disabled individual or his/her representative, as determined. Additionally, subject to the law, the board may at any time demand information from anyone regarding the extent of the disabled individual’s integration in the rehabilitation program.

For those who are eligible, the board determines a detailed rehabilitation program based on the 7 fields of rehabilitation detailed in the law: employment, housing, education completion, society and leisure, family members, dental treatment, coordination of treatment.

An appeal of the regional rehabilitation board decision may be submitted to the district rehabilitation board within 45 days of the decision being declared. The district board must deliberate regarding the appeal within 60 days of the appeal submission, and it has the authority to approve the regional rehabilitation board decision, cancel it or change it.

Related Links

*This article has been translated and adapted from The Society For Patients Rights in Israel.
**This information is intended to promote general awareness. Make sure to consult an assistance professional to confirm details independently.