The emergency situation created by the Coronavirus crisis left thousands of people with special needs cut off from their daily routines and activities as well as from their close families and communities. Responding quickly to the new reality, SHEKEL urgently reorganized under near impossible conditions, and is working 24/7 to provide crucial services adapted to the dramatic changes in daily life and new health regulations. As a result, we now provide round-the-clock supervision and activity for hundreds of residents living in SHEKELCommunity Living apartments.
Under extremely difficult circumstances, SHEKEL is continuing to operate vital Day Centers that are critical for...
SHEKEL provides a broad continuum of vocational opportunities and vocation-oriented activity for people with all types of disabilities, including people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, people with learning disabilities, sensory and/or physical disabilities and people with severe multiple disabilities who require round-the-clock care. Intended for people from all sectors of Israeli society, SHEKEL's vocational programs serve both religious and secular Jews and Arabs.
SHEKEL's vocational vision and goals, focus on providing people with disabilities holistic vocational frameworks suited to their individual abilities, with the aim of enabling each person to...
The Toni Eliashar SHEKEL Therapeutic Center
The Toni Eliashar SHEKEL Therapeutic Center meets the critical therapeutic counseling needs of children, youth, and adults with special needs who are recognized as such by the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare's Department for Persons with Intellectual Developmental Disabilities' Rehabilitation Wing, the Ministry's Autism Division, and/or the Adult Probation Service. Due to the Ministry's recognition, these individuals are often entitled to the Center's therapeutic services free of charge.
The Center provides therapy for individuals and couples, conducts seminars and group programs, and offers counseling for parents and professionals.
SHEKEL opened the extended school day program in special education schools in 1992. The goal of the program is to make it easier for families by enabling them to continue raising their younger children at home without requiring an external solution. The extended school day program operates in the following special education schools and kindergartens:
The Hettena School (for severely disabled children)
The Dvir HaChadash School
The Kiach School (serving Jewish and Arab children with deafness)
The Edi Shore Kindergarten
The Gan Nofar Kindergarten in Petach Tikva
The program's staff numbers 80 people, including coordinators, activity instructors and professionals such...
SHEKEL's Enrichment and Leisure Program operates and develops a plethora of culture, leisure, social, and sports programs for over 1,500 people with intellectual, emotional, developmental, and sensory disabilities, from every sector of Israeli society. Most programs operate in the framework of standard community services: institutions of higher education, cultural and sports clubs, and enrichment or leisure establishments.
SHEKEL's Leisure Program runs programs in the fields of art, theater, music, media, sports, recreation, para-medical treatment, and general enrichment. The Program operates with the support of the Ministries of Health, Social Welfare, ...
The Israel Center for Accessibility
Founded in 1998 with the goal of advancing and developing knowledge and information in the area of accessibility for people with disabilities. It was established with a view to improving planning and implementation processes for both physical accessibility and accessibility of services.
The Center has promoted the concept of accessibility at a major level, by developing accessibility for hundreds of projects throughout Israel, and implementing groundbreaking accessibility for Israel's public transport systems. The Center provides professional consulting and planning services for a wide variety of bodies, while developing specialization and expertise in a number of...
SHEKEL gives courses and lectures for professionals from many countries around the world. Some of these activities are conducted together with MASHAV – Israel's Agency for International Development Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Israel's embassies in the Diaspora, and foreign embassies in Israel. Training is offered on the following subjects:
The Community's Approach in Responding to People with Special Needs
Training Employees How to Work with People with Disabilities
Social and Sex Education for Professionals Who Work with People with Special Needs
Tailored training programs by special request
Countries that have participated in SHEKEL's training programs include...