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Steps to Inclusion: From Rehabilitative Day Care Center to Partial Inclusion in the Community

Edna Karni - Aaron De Lowe Early Intervention Center, Beit Issie Shapiro
Heli Peretz - Research and Evaluation Unit, Beit Issie Shapiro


The vision of Beit Issie Shapiro is to work for a society that guarantees children and adults with varied disabilities the right to maximum opportunity for growth and participation in the life of the community. We therefore attribute great importance to creating inclusion programs from early childhood, in the belief that the child and the family are part of a community, and have the right to take part in the life of the community in which they live, and enjoy its services. We see the rehabilitation daycare center as a stage in the life of the family, an initial starting point for the family's journey of raising a child with disabilities. At the same time, we do not forget that the family lives in a community, and even if the child leaves it during the week, he / she returns on the weekends, and is part of the community together with the other children in the family. Hence the importance that we see in creating a connection between the child, the family and the community from a very young age. We feel a sense of joint responsibility to ensure that the child and his/her family can integrate in the community, according to their needs and abilities.
Based on this approach, The Aaron De Lowe Early Intervention Center at Beit Issie Shapiro holds a variety of inclusion programs, affording different levels of exposure to the regular environment. These include a reverse inclusion program, group inclusion, and individual inclusion in the communities of origin.


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  • Disabilities:

    All disabilities

  • Topics:

    Changing Attitudes
    Early Intervention

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  • Audience:

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