Self-Advocacy Program Receives National Leadership Award from Israeli Government

Self-Advocates of Beit Issie Shapiro received the “Source of Light” award from the Israeli Government “for the development of national leadership for advocacy and self-representation,” together with our partner Israel Elwyn.

The Self-Advocacy program, a critical project of Beit Issie Shapiro, empowers adults with intellectual disabilities to have their voices heard, access their rights and be partners in setting policy related to their lives. 

At the first conference of Israel’s Disability Administration on December 19, 2017, comprised of the Ministry of Labor, Welfare and Social Services, our courageous self-advocates accepted the award on behalf of Beit Issie Shapiro, given to those who achieve or advance improved the quality of life of people with disabilities.

The award was given by Avigdor Kaplan, the Ministry’s Director-General, Gideon Shalom, Senior Vice President and Head of the Disability Administration, and Dr. Meir Hovav, Chairman of the committee for awarding the “Source of Light” prize.

Three self-advocates from the national leadership group received the award on behalf of the group: Yana Mevashev, Simona Idan, and Natalie Moshe.

Click here or watch the video below to learn more about the self-advocacy program:

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