When it comes to seeking help and guidance, people with disabilities are often hesitant—the services offered through the Ministry of Welfare can feel rushed, exclusive, or not comprehensive, and they may feel like family or friends don’t have the patience to listen. Israel Unlimited created the Mentoring program to give people with disabilities access to professional social workers and psychologists with whom they can build long term, in-depth mentor-mentee relationships. Whether it’s the emotional toll of a serious disability, complex family issues, or other interpersonal issues, people with disabilities may need an outlet to express themselves and reach their individual goals. Through Mentoring, they’ve got a trained professional.
The mentors in this program work in a non-government affiliated capacity, though the Ministry of Welfare often refers mentees to them. Participants in the program are young, age 21-35, and may be dealing with mental disabilities like autism. Most are disconnected from any form of service provision and are not in any educational, rehabilitation, or vocational framework to the point where they may face complete social exclusion. After an initial intake process, participants meet with their mentor to map out goals and set up realistic, tailor-made, and practical steps towards achieving them. The relationship continues, with meetings as often as necessary, until those personal goals are reached!
For questions, contact Ziv Magor at firstname.lastname@example.org
Kivunim is a non-profit organization that was founded to promote youth with special needs by encouraging them to become independent, get involved in their community, and to gain control over their lives. The organization was founded by graduates of the Mandel School for Educational Leadership and other friends, working in cooperation with governmental and private agencies and academic institutions.1