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Self-Advocates at the Knesset

February 2016
 
  
Member of Knesset (MK) Slomiansky, center, with self-advocates
 
One way to promote change is through legislation in the Knesset. Activists in the national self-advocacy group for persons with intellectual disability, which represents groups throughout Israel, receive ongoing training in how to speak up for their rights in many ways both in their day-to-day lives and by learning how to present themselves and their concerns to community and political leaders.  As part of this instruction, the activists were exposed to the Knesset's work and the importance of safeguarding and promoting equal rights legislation, and safeguarding the rights of people with disabilities.
 
    
L-r: Group photo; MK Gilon, center, with self-advocates
 
Israel Elwyn partnered several years ago with Beit Issie Shapiro, another Israeli nonprofit working with people with intellectual disabilities, to initiate a national self-advocacy project. The aim of the ongoing initiative is to help these individuals acquire the knowledge they need to make their voices heard and become well-versed in their rights and responsibilities as Israeli citizens.  Eleven groups comprised of an average of ten participants each, currently operate in Israel.  In the last year, the national group was established to represent the local groups and work on issues of interest to a broad group of persons with disabilities.  The members of the national group were chosen by the local groups.
 
The participants in the national group toured the Knesset and met with two Knesset members who are active in the field of disability. Member of Knesset (MK) Nissan Slomiansky, who chairs the Constitution, Law and Justice Committee, expressed his pleasure at meeting the entire group's members and praised their representatives' activity in Committee meetings in recent months.  After explaining their activity, the group presented MK Slomiansky with a copy of the position paper they had prepared on the subject of changes to the guardianship law that are currently under consideration.
 
The group then met with MK Ilan Gilon, who told them about his efforts on behalf of accessibility legislation and the advancement of the rights of people with disabilities.  He asked questions about the group's activity and received an explanation that included their goals and desire for changes in the existing guardianship law.  MK Gilon promised to support them.
 
Both MKs noted the importance of involvement by people with intellectual disabilities and their continuing to make their voices heard on any and all issues.  They promised to continue protecting the right to speak up and present positions, and to do everything possible to take into account the voices of people with disabilities.
 
The Self-Advocacy Project is conducted in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and the Ruderman Family Foundation.
 

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The Self-Advocacy Project is operated in partnership with the Ruderman Family Foundation and the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles.Self-Advocates at the Knesset
 
One way to promote change is through legislation in the Knesset. Activists in the national self-advocacy group for persons with intellectual disability, which represents groups throughout Israel, receive ongoing training in how to speak up for their rights in many ways both in their day-to-day lives and by learning how to present themselves and their concerns to community and political leaders.  As part of this instruction, the activists were exposed to the Knesset's work and the importance of safeguarding and promoting equal rights legislation, and safeguarding the rights of people with disabilities.
 
Israel Elwyn partnered several years ago with Beit Issie Shapiro, another Israeli nonprofit working with people with intellectual disabilities, to initiate a national self-advocacy project.  The aim of the ongoing initiative is to help these individuals acquire the knowledge they need to make their voices heard and became well-versed in their rights and responsibilities as Israeli citizens.  Eleven groups comprised of an average of ten participants each, currently operate in Israel.  In the last year, the national group was established to represent the local groups and work on issues of interest to a broad group of persons with disabilities.  The members of the national group were chosen by the local groups.
 
The participants in the national group toured the Knesset and met with two Knesset members who are active in the field of disability. MK Nissan Slomiansky, who chairs the Constitution, Law and Justice Committee, expressed his pleasure at meeting the entire group's members and praised their representatives' activity in Committee meetings in recent months.  After explaining their activity, the group presented MK Slomiansky with a copy of the position paper they had prepared on the subject of changes to the guardianship law that are currently under consideration.
 
The group then met with MK Ilan Gilon, who told them about his efforts on behalf of accessibility legislation and the advancement of the rights of people with disabilities.  He asked questions about the group's activity and received an explanation that included their goals and desire for changes in the existing guardianship law.  MK Gilon promised to support them.
 
Both MKs noted the importance of involvement by people with intellectual disabilities and their continuing to make their voices heard on any and all issues.  They promised to continue protecting the right to speak up and present positions, and to do everything possible to take into account the voices of people with disabilities.
 
The Self-Advocacy Project is operated in partnership with the Ruderman Family Foundation and the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles.





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