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Israel Elwyn and Haifa University: Joint Day of Learning


L-R: Student Volunters with workers at OTC. Motivational speaker Eran Shachar. Students and professionals gather for the IE/Haifa University Day of Learning.

Israel Elwyn is continually working towards a future in which people with disabilities will be citizens with equal rights; a society in which each person is free to determine his or her future and way of life.  One of the more exciting ways in which IE works to realize this vision is through innovative collaborations with other innovative organizations.  These partnerships can lead to advancements in professionalism, greater efficiencies of scale, and practical experience for those entering the field of work with people with disabilities.  To that end, Israel Elwyn has an ongoing partnership with Haifa University’s School of Social Work.  Earlier this year, the partnership produced the first annual Day of Learning to benefit IE professionals and Haifa University students.

Israel Elwyn’s staff joined lecturers and students from Haifa University’s School of Social Work and professionals from regional Social Service bureaus and from the National Insurance Institute (Israel’s Social Security Administration) for this unprecedented gathering.  

The day of lectures and small group workshops coincided with an annual day of volunteering that Haifa University social work students conducted for the second year at Israel Elwyn.  The students from the University volunteer their time to instruct and support the workers with disabilities in their jobs at IE’s Albert Beresin Occupational Training Center in Haifa.

The day of shared learning was part of Israel's "Good Deeds Day" and included the following lectures:


 •  Equality & Rehabilitation Principles  & Reality, by Dr. Tal  Araten - Bergman (Haifa Univ.)

 • The Family as a Vital Partner in  the  Process of Dealing with  Disability,  Dr.Ilana   Duvdevani (Haifa Univ.)

 •  Leading Change and Processes with  Enthusiasm, Eran Shachar (motivational  speaker)


During the second half of the day, Sophie Benyamin (Haifa University faculty) and Liat Cohen (an IE social worker) led a workshop on “Who’s Taking Care of the Caregiver”. 

The day was initiated and led by IE professionals Anat Ben-Zvi and Dr. Michal Wilf together with Ms. Tami Ben Shimon of the Haifa Faculty as well as by students Maisa Mansour, Ina Sorekas and Rana Jubran.  Professor Faisal Azaiza, who heads the School of Social Work, sponsored and participated in the day.  He congratulated the organizers and advised that in the future, similar joint study days would be a part of the annual “Good Deeds Day”.


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