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New Beginnings: Breaking Ground in Kiryat Bialik (Northern Israel)

February 2017   

            L-r:  Child and teacher at IE EIC; ground works at the Bialik site; children playing "mother" at IE EIC.    

We're pleased to announce that work has begun on the grounds of the land allocated by the Kiryat Bialik Municipality for the construction of Israel Elwyn's new Early Intervention Center (EIC).  When completed, the building will house the early intervention program currently located on Kibbutz Usha, and serve 40 toddlers ages 6 months to 3 years with multidisciplinary disability or autism.  The new EIC's four classrooms, therapy rooms and playgrounds will help meet the growing need for such facilities in Israel's north by increasing the number of children who can benefit from these services.

IE’s early intervention programs accept toddlers from multicultural backgrounds, across the spectrum of Israeli society.  Each class is staffed by a special education teacher and two teacher’s aides.  Individualized programs for each child are created by a multi-disciplinary team in the fields of physical, occupational and communication therapies, both individually and in groups.  In addition, there are educational enrichment activities in crafts and music.  The individualized and group education and rehabilitation programs offered to each child provide the stepping stones necessary for cognitive, motor and language development, as well as to help him or her progress in the activities of daily living and self-help skills.  When the children leave the EIC program at the age of three, some are able to enter preschools in the regular education system.

Israel Elwyn's programs for children throughout Israel have a holistic approach for the child and family.  Individualized programs relate to each child's needs and abilities throughout the entire day.  Guidance and counseling for the family is no less important and focuses on accepting the child, training for home care, and recreational activities.  The parents are full partners, are involved in their child's individualized program at the EIC and receive intensive guidance from the staff.

Inclusion is also a feature in IE's early intervention programs, with the children in our EICs sharing activities with other children in the community, particularly at holidays.

IE has been operating a small EIC in Kiryat Bialik for four years in an old building that was adapted to the children's needs and which will continue to serve as an additional class for children with autism.






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We'd love to hear from you! Also, please let us know in advance of your next trip to Israel and we will give you a tour of the Israel Elwyn programs.

You can also contact one of our North American offices: United States: (215) 830-9995 or Canada: (416) 649-1655.

If you would like to make a contribution either online or by check, please see the details below.

Sincerely,
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David B. Marcu, Chief Executive Officer

IE's mission is to develop and provide a wide array of supports and tools for people with disabilities, while constantly striving for excellence of service and the creation of a just society. Together with people with disabilities and society at large, we shall continue working as an innovative and cutting-edge organization.

Please support the work of Israel Elwyn to provide state-of-the-art services in the areas of childhood early intervention, rehabilitation, assisted living, vocational training and employment services for persons with disabilities by making a gift:

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American Friends of Israel Elwyn
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American Friends of Israel Elwyn, PO Box 828284, Philadelphia, PA 19182-8284
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