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INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIC & PROFESSIONAL COLLABORATION

With Beit Issie Shapiro’s development from a local to a national organization with an international focus, our professional collaborations have become increasingly global in their reach, with new relationships formed among our partners in the US, UK and Canada. New professional connections have also developed in other parts of the world together with experts in the fields of early intervention, child development and developmental disabilities.

Today, and especially following the Israel Innovation Summit in November 2010 and the 5th International Conference on Disabilities in July 2011, Beit Issie Shapiro’s reputation and potential for global impact has grown, where international professional relationships also involve:

  • Exporting knowledge and innovations developed at Beit Issie Shapiro globally
  • Facilitating Beit Issie Shapiro’s response to organizations, agencies and governments throughout the world who are turning to us to learn best practices, receive training, duplicate our services, collaborate on research in order to fulfill our joint mission.

Emerging Collaborations in Motion:

  • Beit Issie Shapiro’s Dr. Michele Shapiro, participated as the keynote speaker at the University of Southern California’s Research Day 2011 hosted by the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry and the Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy. Following this lecture, USC requested and The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research awarded them a two-year $531,000 grant to study the effectiveness of sensory adapted dental environments (SADE) for children, including those who have difficulty tolerating oral care in the dental clinic. Dr. Shapiro serves as a consultant for the project, which is a duplication of our research. Prof. Sharon Cermak, professor of occupational science and occupational therapy at USC, said the planned research will contribute to a “safer, more efficient, less costly treatment” while having “the potential to revolutionize clinic-based dental care for the growing population of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, as well as for typically developing children who have sensory sensitivities and/or dental anxieties.”
  • Prof. Marie Poulson and Prof. Ernie Katz, both of the Los Angeles Children’s Hospital, provided expertise for the development of a 2-year training program for professionals on the issue of emotional development of toddlers with significant disabilities. Beit Issie Shapiro has recently received government backing to run this course.
  • Dr. Tim Gofine, of the University of Toronto, has been a stalwart and advisor and leader in the development of the Dual Diagnosis program at Beit Issie Shapiro, providing mental health services for people with the dual diagnosis of intellectual disabilities as well as emotional disorders.
  • Prof. Ernie Katz and Beit Issie Shapiro staff will present a symposium on young children with disabilities at the International Conference on Child Health and Human Development in December 2012.
  • Dr. Jeremy Turk, Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist at South London & Maudsley Foundation NHS Trust has proposed a collaboration on a research project investigating the quality of life of children and their parents/carers that could be combined with a developmental behaviour checklist and used as a tool for evaluating service.
  • Dr. Shimshon Neikrug, coordinator of Beit Issie Shapiro’s International Professional Advisory Committee has begun to explore a partnership between Beit Issie Shapiro and The Resource Exchange (TRE) in Colorado Springs. The partnership would involve a research and education initiative.
  • Beit Issie Shapiro is in the process, with input from Prof. Diane Bryen originally from Temple University, of developing a pilot program using tablets (i.e IPADs) as a tool for children with disabilities.