New Partnership with Florida International University

Beit Issie Shapiro (BIS) is partnering with the Florida International University Representatives signed the the MOU in Miami this April, with FIU Embrace, a university-wide initiative that promotes health, wellness, and overall functioning for adults with developmental disabilities.

The signing of the MOU signals both organizations’ commitment to establishing evidence-based models of care that are both sustainable and transferable while nurturing and exploring potential for mutually beneficial research and training opportunities between BIS and FIU faculty, staff and students that address the needs of our communities.

The organizations have also agreed to work with each other to effectively and efficiently identify, analyze and address research, training and education projects of mutual benefit. The MOU clears the way for FIU and BIS to co-host international conferences on disabilities in Miami and Israel, and the exchange of training, professional development and education information in any of the service areas offered by either organization.

“Beit Issie Shapiro has pioneered innovative solutions to improve the quality of life for Israelis and as such this partnership is critical to FIU’s strategic goals,” says FIU’s Provost and Executive Vice President, Kenneth G. Furton.

“It is a great honor to have been selected by FIU as a place of best practice in the field of disabilities,” says Executive Director of Beit Issie Shapiro, Jean Judes. “FIU has a unique model of embracing disabilities throughout their campus and we believe this comprehensive approach to change is unique. We [FIU and BIS] share a values-based commitment to diversity and people with disabilities and we know this new partnership will make significant impact. Together we will create a more inclusive and equal society.”

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