Knowledge Database


Changing Attitudes

  • Ahmir Lerner – CEO, Beit Issie Shapiro
    Movies not only present reality, they also change reality and influence it. Cinema that presents the public space as it really is and as we strive to be, is a significant part of the way society learns to accept the other. This is true for ethnic minorities, it is true for African Americans and it is also true for people with 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.

  • Carol Kessel – Volunteer Beit Issie Shapiro
    This document highpoints the barriers faced by women and girls with disabilities to realize their full potential. Some barriers are specific to the situation of women and girls with disabilities while others are related to the ongoing struggle of women in general towards equal rights and opportunities.
    The document focuses on areas of education, sexuality, participation and access to decision-making, discrimination against family, motherhood and family life, social policy, labor, employment, violence and sexual abuse.

  • Lecture of Jean Judes, Beit Issie Shapiro’s Executive Director, presented at the session on “Education – the Force that Empowers Women” held by the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women on March 2015, describing the dual vulnerability of women with disabilities and stressing the need for women with and without disabilities to fight together for their rights and place in society.

  • In his lecture, which was delivered at the opening session of the sixth international conference on disabilities held at Beit Issie Shapiro, Prof. Corrigan speaks about ways of reducing stigmatization of people with mental disabilities.

  • Edna Karni – Aaron De Lowe Early Intervention Center, Beit Issie Shapiro
    Heli Peretz – Research and Evaluation Unit, Beit Issie Shapiro
    The purpose of this booklet is to present the models of inclusion that exist at the Aaron De Lowe Early Intervention Center, and to give those who are interested the tools for building similar programs.

  • The lecture focuses on the legal aspects of the research into the autistic genome – in the context of the significance of terminating pregnancies in which the fetus is expected to have a disability.

  • Ms. Geft, the director of the Los Angeles Museum of Tolerance, describes in her lecture the goals of the museum, which make its visitors feel the past, witness history, and see and understand that prejudice and discrimination still exist in all societies. Special stress is given in the lecture to the museum’s activity geared towards raising awareness of the lives of people with disabilities.

  • The lecture describes a study centering on the level of importance given by therapists treating people with intellectual disabilities, to activity geared towards social inclusion.

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