Access Israel is a non-profit organization dedicated to making Israel an accessible place for all its citizens, including those living with an array of disabilities. The organization works tirelessly towards a future for Israel that offers equal opportunities and accessibility to all its citizens.
The Adler Institute was founded in 1963 by a group of therapists led by Professor Driikors, disciple and successor of Dr. Alfred Adler. It was among the first institutes in the field of group facilitation, parent training, and family therapy. A focus is given to learning how developing emotional intelligence and self-confidence can affect the relationships and workplace performance of people with disabilities.
AHVA, established in 1982, helps physically, emotionally and sensorially challenged people to develop their skills and talents, and become contributing, independent members of their communities. Located in downtown Haifa, AHVA serves individuals from northern Israel and throughout the country. The vast majority of AHVA administrators, teachers and group leaders are themselves specially challenged.
In Hebrew, AKIM is an acronym for the “association for the rehabilitation of the intellectually disabled.” Founded in 1951, AKIM is a national organization caring for people with disabilities and their families. Today, it’s Israel’s largest and most comprehensive provider of programs and services for the intellectually disabled population— regardless of their faith, ethnic background or sex—serving 34,000 children, teenagers, adults, and senior citizens, as well as 130,000 family members.
Sachnin-based Al-Manal works to promote the status of people with disabilities in Arab society in Israel through social activities, skills development and workshops to build self-confidence and fulfillment. A grassroots effort partnering with many local community groups and businesses, Al-Manal operates out of its own center, complete with a computer lab and a recreation hall.
A first of its kind in Arab-Israeli society, Al-Manarah was established in 2005 by Adv. Abbass Abbass as a hub for information about disability rights. It’s name meaning ‘lighthouse’ in English, the organization fights for fair treatment of people with disabilities, and leads through social advocacy and legislative lobbying.
It is the mission of Al-Tufula to encourage the development of a democratic and civil society in Israel through work with women and children. The organization intends to improve early childhood development services and support women by opening up opportunities outside motherhood. Al-Tufula works to create a social change that will forge a more balanced view of gender roles in Arab-Israeli society.
The Association Asperger – Israel (“Effie”) is a non-profit organization established in March 2001 by parents of children diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome in order to promote the welfare and advance the interests of those with the syndrome. Today, Effie has today more than 300 families as registered members and growing. The Association is run by an executive committee and all its activists and officers are working as volunteers.
The Association for Equality and Justice for Persons with Disabilities has established a Center for Independent Living for the physically challenged in and around Beersheva. The Center operates all the projects and services offered to members of the Association, including individual treatment, support groups, educational courses, health for women with disabilities, craft workshops, and promoting accessibility in public places for the physically challenged.
The Association of the Deaf in Israel organization works to improve the status and quality of life of the deaf. This has included developing and implementing services for the deaf as well as enacting legislation and pleaded the rights of the deaf in court. In addition, the Association strives to increase public awareness regarding deaf integration into Israeli society.
Bar-Ilan University is a university in Ramat Gan of the Tel Aviv District, Israel. Established in 1955, Bar Ilan is now Israel's second-largest academic institution. It has nearly 26,800 students and 1,350 faculty members.
The mission of Beit Issie Shapiro (BIS) is to provide cutting-edge services to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities, and to effect social change by breaking down the barriers preventing people with disabilities from full societal integration, assuring them the rights and opportunities for maximum growth and development.
Bekol, established in 1997, is a unique self-help association founded and directed by people with hearing loss. It’s the only organization in Israel that works to integrate hard-of-hearing adults (ages 18 and up) into the general society by addressing problems of legislation, accessibility, and work. Bekol is managed by a dedicated, professional staff that includes certified hearing care providers, social workers and over 100 professionally-trained volunteers, who all promote accessibility and equality for the hearing impaired.
Bizchut, The Israeli Human Rights Center for People with Disabilities, was founded in 1992 to enable people with physical, intellectual, sensory, mental and learning disabilities to participate as fully and independently as possible in their community. The name Bizchut (“By right”) reflects our belief that all people are entitled to the same rights and that the needs of people with disabilities must be met on the basis of entitlement rather than from a charity-based perspective. Bizchut has become the main the address in Israel for individuals with disabilities whose rights have been violated. The organization represents people across the entire spectrum of disabilities, regardless of age, gender, ethnic or religious background.
Clalit, also Klalit, is the largest of Israel's four state-mandated health service organizations, charged with administering health care services and funding for its members.
Disability Now is the UK’s leading website for, about, and by disabled people. It accurately reflects and presents the lives, experiences, views, opinions, and lifestyle choices of disabled people, all of which are often misrepresented in mainstream media. The site also speaks out on those whose actions or policies affect disabled people. Disability Now additionally provides a chance for disabled journalists and writers to be heard on a large, international platform.
El-Razi was founded in 1998 by a group of Arab experts in the fields of medicine and complementary therapies for children. They believed in changing social perceptions and attitudes about children with disabilities in addition to helping people with disabilities cope by providing professional and advanced treatment. El Razi is the first center of its kind, which brings together a multidisciplinary professional staff to help children and young Arab-Israelis through therapeutic and creative means.
The Henrietta Szold Institute was established in Jerusalem in 1941. The institute is a public, not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to serving the Israeli education system and social service systems in several ways.
The Israel Association of Community Centers (IACC) was founded in 1969, affiliated with the Ministry of Education and Culture. Led by an executive council of public representatives and various public institutions, IACC operates about 160 community centers throughout Israel, largely in under-privileged neighborhoods, for both Jews and non-Jews. Professional staff guide each center’s programming and ensure collaboration with local authorities and organizations.
We provide quality, caring and humane services to communities and individuals before, during and after trauma. To disseminate our extensive knowledge of psychological trauma through academic research and training so that others can implement this knowledge in their communities. The team at the Israel Center for the Treatment of Psychiatric Trauma consists of mental health care professionals and researchers committed to offering quality services.
Israel Institute for Occupational Safety and Hygiene (IIOSH) is Israel's national public institution devoted to workplace safety and health. It was established in the 1950’s on the basis of organizations and laws that came into existence during the period of the British Mandate, prior to the establishment of the State of Israel in 1947. For decades, IIOSH has worked to ensure Israel’s workplaces follow labor inspection law.
Kesher is a unique organization that focuses on the families of children with disabilities, believing that motivated parents and family members are their source of hope and strength. Kesher works cooperatively with organizations across Israel to illuminate and ease the daily dedication these families show to their special children by offering support in their long, complex journey.
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.
Suri Shtrol has been a speech therapist for over 25 years, teaching and training skills in voice and speech in many institutions. With Kol Yachol, she used her experience in training and voice coaching to develop a sound system that empowers those with vocal disabilities to reclaim their voice.
Levinsky College of Education (LCE) was established in 1912 in Tel Aviv by the Hovevei Zion (Lovers of Zion) movement. It was named in memory of writer, journalist and Zionist activist Elhanan Leib Levinsky. The College offers a variety of Bachelor's programs in education (B.Ed.), programs to retrain academics for careers in education, Master's programs in education (M.Ed., M.Teaching), as well as special programs geared towards specific populations.
- As part of its efforts to promote peer support and improvement of services in the field of psychiatric hospitalization, Lishma operates an innovative pilot project in Israel, which combines 11 peer specialists employed in a psychiatric hospital in Be'er Sheva and Mizra.
At the heart of Maccabi Healthcare Services is a system of independent salaried physicians who provide services to Maccabi members. The staff is comprised of primary care physicians, consultants in various medical fields and specialists in a broad range of medical specialties. Maccabi invests efforts and resources to provide ongoing professional education and to update its physicians on innovations in the realm of medicine, thus enabling Maccabi members to benefit from the most well-informed and advanced form of medical treatment.
Makshivim Net is an Israeli organization that develops online rehabilitation services, including virtual mentoring, family support, occupational rehabilitation and more, operating on the principle that the internet offers everyone a way to connect and seek help whenever they need.
- Matav is Israel’s oldest professional association in the field of nursing care. Founded in 1958, Matav maintains the highest therapeutic standards while allowing each patient to choose the most appropriate course of action for him or herself.
Milbat is an Israeli non-profit that has operated since 1981. The organization works to increase the level of independence, improve the quality of life, and facilitate the integration of disabled children, adults, and the elderly into their communities through the use of technology.
The University of Delaware’s National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities is a partnership of 11 national developmental disabilities organizations. The Consortium offers intensive week-long leadership institutes, leadership training designed to meet the specific needs of disability organizations, a resource-rich website tailored to the needs of emerging leaders in the disability field and much more.
The National Union of Israeli Students has been the representative body of students throughout Israel since 1934. Today, NUIS represents more than 300,000 students in over 64 universities and colleges. The Student Union believes that beyond their role of acquiring knowledge, students have the ability and responsibility to build and shape the society they live in and make a considerable impact in the long term.
Nitzan strives to identify, assess and assist individuals with learning disabilities, adaptive problems and functional difficulties. The organization’s main objective is to enable Israelis with learning disabilities to achieve their full potential inside and outside of the school system.
Haifa’s Ohel Avraham, founded in 1978 through the Leo Baek Education Center, is a vibrant Reform synagogue that provides a welcoming home for individuals and families seeking an egalitarian and progressive Jewish spiritual environment. Ohel Avraham reaches out to populations with special needs and families in economic or social distress.
Ono Academic College is a private academic institution attracting over 10,000 students studying law, business administration, accounting, humanities, health professions and music. Not only is Ono Israel’s fastest growing institute of higher education, its emphasis on academic excellence has been extended into the field of social reform—with programs to aid those who have been deprived of rights, privileges and personal resources enjoyed by the mainstream of Israeli society.
Shekel is Israel's leading organization for integrating people with special needs in the community. The organization, founded in 1979, now includes over 550 employees and 700 volunteers assisting more than 8,000 people with disabilities across every sector in Israel. Shekel's vision is to develop professional community services for every person with a disability in order to enable independent functioning at home, work, and during leisure and social activities.
In May 2005, The Asper Foundation and Jewish National Fund of Canada funded the establishment of The Israel Asper Community Action Centre in Migdal Ha’emek. The centre offers programs and activities to provide supplementary education for disadvantaged youth, helping to ensure they receive the best education possible. The programs combine technology-oriented education with instruction on leadership skills, heritage and Zionism.
The Zinman College of Physical Education and Sport Sciences at the Wingate Institute is an accredited institution of higher education that offers students combined academic and professional training for employment in the fields of movement, training, rehabilitation and sports.The Zinman College of Physical Education and Sport Sciences at the Wingate Institute is an accredited institution of higher education that offers students combined academic and professional training for employment in the fields of movement, training, rehabilitation and sports, and for teaching Physical Education.
The Yevulim Farm, located in Kfar Malal, is an educational ecological farm founded on the principles of permaculture. Yevulim is a space that allows for the development of personal, social, and employment skills for people with cognitive disabilities in a supportive environment that supports the expression of the creative powers. In an era where technology takes up much of our time, there's an increasing need for every human being to be in direct contact with nature.