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Research Articles & Abstracts

  • Dr. Dana Roth – Head of the Research and Evaluation Dept., Beit Issie Shapiro
    Dafna Raviv-Carmi – Research and Evaluation Dept., Beit Issie Shapiro
    An evaluation report by the Issie Shapiro Research and Evaluation Department of the “Little Steps Association” program that examines the impact of service dogs on the lives of children and adults with motor disabilities.


  • Yoav Kraiem – Co-Director of the Community Development and Social Change Unit, Beit Issie Shapiro
    Shosh Kaminsky – M.S.W., Knowledge Resource Development manager, Beit Issie Shapiro
    Sarah Sadovnik – COO of Elwyn Israel
    Gali Schwartz – Coordinator of the self-representation project, Beit Issie Shapiro
    Self-advocacy is action based strategy which is driven by people who share a common denominator and who drive the vision and strategy by working together to bring about real changes and improve their quality of life.
    This article describes the process of Leadership Development among people with developmental disabilities that was carried out by Beit Issie Shapiro and Elwyn Israel.  Furthermore, this process resulted in the participation of this group in the Parliamentary discussions on the legislative process of self-advocacy.   

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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. Dana Roth, Head of Research and Evaluation Unit, Beit Issie Shapiro, Israel
    Dr. Dana Roth’s article is a review of Bryen D. N. & Bornman J. (Eds) book “Stop violence against people with disabilities: An international resource”. Pretoria University Law Press (PULP).

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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