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Free technology-support helpline for
persons who are blind or visually impaired
Clients at home, school, or work can contact the helpline via their smartphone, computer, or tablet. In this way they receive real-time instructions, primarily via phone, five days a week, addressing questions in four languages. The tech-support staff includes a manager and five specialists who are themselves blind or visually-impaired.
Migdal Or Rehabilition Center for the Blind, Israel
Pioneering a personal budget model as part of national social services
Although the concept of a personal budget is an established practice in the United States and parts of Europe, it is new for Israel. Between 2016 and 2018, some 200 professionals have been trained and 50 people with a variety of disabilities have benefitted. In 2019, another 300 beneficiaries joined the program.
JDC Israel - Israel Unlimited, Personal Budget Model, Israel
Accessible tourism for people with psychosocial disabilities in-country and abroad
Nofesh offers recreational experiences for people with psychosocial disabilities in Israel, from one-day tours to five-day vacations, developed by the NGO ENOSH. The offer includes comprehensive support and accompaniment. During the Covid-Pandemic, virtual tours and lectures were offered.
ENOSH - The Israeli Mental Health Association, Nofesh, Israel
Supported education services for people with serious mental health issues
In the SES programme, the service recipients are assisted by professionell coordinators in their academic, emotional and social challenges during their studies. The aim is to create better access to academic frameworks and to promote the inclusion of programme graduates into the open labour market.
Israel Ministry of Health, SES Programme, Israel
Sharing personal experiences to improve the quality of inclusive teaching
The programme focuses on teachers and other providers of school services. The training itself includes four components: understanding disability through lectures, experiential activities and simulations, interactions with instructors with disabilities, and teaching tools for inclusive and accessible education.
Access Israel, Training for Inclusive Teaching, Israel
App-based machine learning enabling persons with speech disabilities to be understood
Voiceitt is an app that uses AI to recognize the speech patterns of its users and enables people with speech disabilities to communicate in their own voice and directly with others. The app, developed by a start-up company from Israel, uses Artificial Intelligence components to continuously improve its automated speech recognition capabilities.
Voiceitt, Voiceitt, Israel
Two-year-transition period for young people with autism
Avnei Derech Mechina (“Milestones for Life”) offers a setting in which young people with autism can learn important aspects of life including employment, social activity, studies, home/family and leisure time. Most vocation and volunteer experience are temporary, but contribute greatly to future careers.
Avnei Derech Mechina La'Haim, preparatory college, Israel
Access to Justice in Israel for people with complex communication difficulties
Israel was the first country to introduce the right to barrier-free investigations into the law.As part of the pilot project "The Right to be Heard", 14 special investigators were trained in the use of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and 12 speech pathologists were trained to support investigations.
JDC - American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, The Right to Be Heard, Israel
Providing Meaningful Volunteer Work for Students with Disabilities
"Volunteering for a Change" arranges trainings and provides briefings on how to manage volunteers with disabilities. The partners develop relevant roles for youth with special needs so that volunteers can have meaningful placements. By 2018, Volunteering for a Change had trained some 200 students and 500 professionals.
JDC Israel - Israel Unlimited, Volunteering for a Change, Israel
Training people with psychosocial and intellectual disabilities for ICT jobs
TAP was designed for people with mental, emotional, or cognitive disabilities. It includes technological education, training of soft skills, and the placement of people as qualified IT specialists. Since its launch in 2011, TAP has trained more than 150 adults, 74 per cent of whom were successfully placed.
itworks, Technology Accessibility Program (TAP), Israel