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From Vision to Practice

March 2016


Accessibility symbols from the booklet and poster for service recipients

Israel Elwyn's vision foresees a society in which people with disabilities will be citizens with equal rights; a society in which we all aspire to determine our own future and way of life.

Accessibility of various types is critical for the inclusion of people with disabilities in society, and IE seeks out ways to make our services and resources accessible for service recipients.

Recently, staff from Israel Elwyn's Jerusalem & Southern Israel Branch completed a comprehensive course on cognitive accessibility, which took place at IE's Academy for Continuing Education.  Teaching the course were Dr. Oranit Avidan Ziv, Director of The Israeli Institute on Cognitive Accessibility (Ami Association and Ono Academic College) and staff from the Institute, and Dr. Sigal Uziel-Karl, an expert in cognitive accessibility. 

Participants learned about Israel's accessibility regulations and statute, were exposed to legislation in the field of equal rights, cognitive accessibility and process accessibility, graphic design and symbols, ethics, creators' rights, and spoken language, among others.

Participants presented personal projects on accessibility for persons with intellectual disability at the course commencement.

We also believed that it was important to make a written version of our Vision, Mission and Guiding Values accessible for all our service recipients.  An accessible explanatory booklet and poster were prepared by a team comprising service recipients, their parents, social services professionals and IE's professional teams, with the assistance of The Israeli Institute on Cognitive Accessibility. 

IE's Guiding Values are:  A Just Society, Belief in People, Self Representation, Communication, Professionalism, Openness, and A Learning Organization.

To see the full text of our Vision, Mission and Guiding Values:

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* Please note the new phone # for the Canadian Friends of Israel Elwyn: (416) 649-1655 - not as it appears below.

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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: (267) 225-5132 or Canada: (416) 649-1655.

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

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:

At PayPal:
American Friends of Israel Elwyn
Canadian Friends of Israel Elwyn

By check payable to:
American Friends of Israel Elwyn, PO Box 828284, Philadelphia, PA 19182-8284
Canadian Friends of Israel Elwyn, 74 Tycos Drive, Toronto, Ontario M6B 1V9

To donate in Israel:
Please click this link:
Mail checks: payable to "Israel Elwyn", at 20 Henrietta Szold St., Jerusalem 9650200

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