Knowledge Database


Inclusive Play & Recreation

  • Dr. Benjamin Hozmi – Academic Director, Beit Issie Shapiro
    Dr. Dana Roth – Head of the Research and Evaluation Dept., Beit Issie Shapiro
    This article sought to examine the strengths and challenges in the use of inclusive research with persons with disabilities in general, and persons with low intelligence in particular, while presenting the working model for the inclusive research approach that was initiated and developed at Beit Issie Shapiro during the past two decades.

  • Emanuele Zaimi – Down Syndrome Albania Foundation, Albania
    Noa Nitzan, Beit Issie Shapiro, Israel
    Aditi Agrawal, Gudgudee, India
    Ricardo Rosas Díaz, Catholic University of Chile, Chile
    Kevin Spencer, Hocus Focus, United States
    David Banes, davidbanesaccess, United Kingdom
    Inclusive Design for children’s playgrounds, and exciting methods for learning through play and magic — the #ZeroCon22 session on Inclusive Play highlighted innovations and strategies that work for all children.
    This session highlights inclusive design for children playgrounds, as well as exciting methods for learning through play and magic!

  • Noa Nitzan – Occupational Therapist, Technology Consulting Center, Beit Issie Shapiro
    An inspiring discussion on the incredible potential of technology to promote and enhance participation in play and leisure for children and adults with disabilities. Panelists share their experience in developing technologies and solutions, and the importance of promoting this field among professionals, families, developers and decision-makers.
    The session was part of the Zero Project International Conference, February 2021.



  • Sharon Yeheskel-Oron – Manager of the Global Professional Development Department, Beit Issie Shapiro
    The Beit Issie Shapiro’s accessible and inclusive playground, Friendship Park, was selected for the Zero Project Impact Transfer Program. The model is described in this lecture.



    Estelle Slavin – Speech Therapist, Health Professions Coordinator, and Pedagogic Coordinator at the School, Beit Issie Shapiro
    Dana Cappel – O.T Technology Center, Beit Issie Shapiro, Israel
    Bocha is a Paralympic game where players try to throw a ball as close as possible to a white ball. The article describes the game at Beit Issie Shapiro school as a sports activity that, in addition to maintaining physical health, empowers students to develop normative social interactions in an enjoyable atmosphere and serves as a means to improve behavioral, motor and cognitive skills.

  • The lecturer describes a park whose plan is based on universal design principles that enable leisure and recreation activities for children with disabilities and parents with disabilities.

  • The lecture is premised on the understanding that children lead the inter-generational change regarding the inclusion of people with disabilities in society. Building inclusive play spaces provide children with opportunities to create a change.

  • Dekel Borovsky – Adapted Physical Activity Instructor, Sports Center, Beit Issie Shapiro
    The booklet describes a project to integrate people with disabilities in the community through physical activity.

  • Shosh Kaminsky – M.S.W., Director of Knowledge Management and Social Change, Beit Issie Shapiro
    Dr. Michele Shapiro – Director of Snoezelen (former), Beit Issie Shapiro
    Children with disabilities and special needs can often only dream about playing in a playground.  Park Chaverim, Israel’s first accessible and inclusive playground, Established by Beit Issie Shapiro in 2005,  gives children with disabilities an equal opportunity for recreation and fun. The playground brings children with different ability levels together to teach them how to play and have fun together while raising community awareness about the importance of inclusion.


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