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Research Articles & Abstracts

  • Dr. Benjamin Hozmi – Academic Director, Beit Issie Shapiro
    The purpose of the article is to deepen the understanding of the emotional implications of learning and functioning disabilities, on the emotional world of those who experience them. In the article, Dr. Benjamin Hozmi, who established the Inclusive University, describes the program as an empowering and enriching tool that addresses the emotional needs of adults with learning disabilities, and enables them to experience remedial learning through peer groups in an academic institution.


  • Dr. Michele Shapiro – Former head of the Snoezelen Field, Beit Issie Shapiro
    Prof. Shula Parush – School of Occupational Therapy, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
    Prof. Manfred Green – School of Public Health, University of Haifa
    Dr. Dana Roth – Head of the Research and Evaluation Dept., Beit Issie Shapiro
    This study examines the short-term effectiveness of Snoezelen intervention amongst children with mid to severe intellectual disability that display non – adaptive behavior .

  • Noa Nitzan – Occupational Therapist, Technology Consulting Center, Beit Issie Shapiro
    Racheli Blum – SLP, Technology Consulting Center, Beit Issie Shapiro
    Iris Adato-Biran – OT, Program Learning Coordinator, The Trump International Institute for Continuing Education in Developmental Disabilities, Beit Issie Shapiro, and lecturer at the Ono Academic College
    The iPad was not created for people with disabilities, and for just this reason it leads to a significant change in their quality of life. At the Technology Consulting Center at Beit Issie Shapiro, it has been found that use of the iPad encourages motivation and involvement in participating in a variety of activities among children and adults with disabilities. The article describes the implementation and use of the iPad for the purposes of leisure, play, education and communication and lists relevant apps. 
    The article was published in IJOT – the Israel Journal of Occupational Therapy, June 2015

  • Daphne Asher – Hydrotherapist, Beit Issie Shapiro
    Dr. Dana Roth – Director of Research and Evaluation Unit, Beit Issie Shapiro
    Dr. Michele Shapiro – Director of Snoezelen (former), Beit Issie Shapiro
    Merav Hadar-Frommer – Senior Physiotherapist and Hydrotherapist, Beit Issie Shapiro
    In recent years a connection has been found between sensory integration and the performance of motor tasks, learning ability, attention, and behavior.
    “Hydro-Zen”, developed by Beit Issie Shapiro, combines hydrotherapy, Snoezelen, and Zen. The article describes three children with different developmental disabilities who received Hydro-Zen therapy.

  • Dr. Shirli Werner – Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
    Heli Peretz – Research and Evaluation Unit, Beit Issie Shapiro
    Dr. Dana Roth – Director of Research and Evaluation Unit, Beit Issie Shapiro
    The research by Dr. Shirley Warner, Cheli Peretz, and Dr. Dana Roth is the first study of its kind in Israel, undertaken at the initiative of Beit Issie Shapiro as a result of the experience acquired over many years of wide-ranging activities and dealing with the attitudes of the community towards people with disabilities. The research compares the attitudes of children in preschool towards children with physical disabilities, children with impaired hearing, and regular children.

    From the findings it emerged that children had more positive attitudes, in all aspects, towards children without disabilities by comparison with their attitudes towards children with physical or sensory disabilities. They indicate the importance of education from early childhood, giving age-appropriate information, and including the parents and the educational staff in building and shaping positive attitudes, and creating a solid foundation for an inclusive and accepting society.

  • Dr. Shimshon Neikrug – Research Consultant, Beit Issie Shapiro
    Dr. Dana Roth – Director of Research and Evaluation Unit, Beit Issie Shapiro
    Jean Judes – Executive Director, Beit Issie Shapiro
    Nuaf Zmiro – Manager of Family Counseling Line, Sindian Center, Beit Issie Shapiro
    Families that have children with disabilities face numerous challenges. Arab families in Israel face unique challenges due to their status as a minority group with cultural traditions that differ from those of the predominantly Jewish population. This paper describes their family quality of life (FQOL) as they meet these challenges.

  • Dr. Dana Roth – Director of Research and Evaluation Unit, Beit Issie Shapiro
    Dr. Benjamin Hozmi – Academic Director, Beit Issie Shapiro
    This article examines the quality of life of residents with intellectual developmental disabilities in an organization that provides them with housing, employment and leisure services, while participating in the investigation, focusing, adapting evaluation tools and formulating practical recommendations for improving their quality of life.

  • Ann Gresswell, Aoife Ní Mhuirí, Bodil Fons Knudsen, Jean-Pierre Maes, Mauricio Koprowski, Garcia, Merav Hadar-Frumer and Montserrat Gutierrez Bassas
    The Halliwick Concept is an approach to teaching all people, in particular, focussing on those with physical and/or learning difficulties, to participate in water activities, to move independently in water, and to swim.
    The article describes the Ten Point Plan: a structured learning process in which a person without experience in water can progress toward independence in water.

  • Dr. Dana Roth – Director of Research and Evaluation Unit, Beit Issie Shapiro
    The Research and Evaluation Unit at Beit Issie Shapiro conducted a digital survey among students with disabilities at higher Education institutions in Israel.  The survey was conducted for the 2017 International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

  • Johnson, K., Mino, G., and Hopkins, R.
    This article reviews the involvement of self-advocacy groups with intellectual developmental disabilities in Ireland in research on important topics relating to their lives, and what the research meant to them.

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