Following the sweeping success of Alter-Nativ’s pioneering first class, where young people with special needs received comprehensive professional training in theater-related fields, SHEKEL and the Nissan Nativ Acting Studio (Israel’s premiere drama school), have now launched their second class, numbering 12 participants.
Lamerhavim (Open Spaces) - SHEKEL Center for Leisure and Employment at Eyal’s Farm - is a unique center which aims to provide adults on the autistic spectrum who have multiple challenges, a happy and thriving environment, despite their limitations. The participants attend classes, hike, swim in the pool and eat in the kibbutz dining room. The farm, set up on the kibbutz, is located adjacent to the archeological site.
SHEKEL’s department for ‘enrichment, culture and leisure’ has just developed a unique new game: ‘Beating the Virus’, particularly designed to help people with special needs deal with virus-related personal hygiene and other coronavirus issues, in a fun and light-hearted way.
Students of Ort Shapira High School’s ‘New Media and Advertising’ track, document the working lives of Aliza Shelo and Arieh Schneider, two young people with disabilities employed in Israel’s private business sector as part of SHEKEL Petach Tikva’s “Supported Employment” program. This touching film on inclusion of employees with disabilities in the general workplace was created as the students’ final project.
This Shavuot you can make a world of difference for people with disabilities…
We are calling on pupils, youth, adults and families to enlist in our "Shavuot SHEKEL learn-a-thon" fundraising campaign for people with disabilities!
After almost two months of working under emergency conditions and sensitively adapting SHEKEL programs to meet the urgent requirements of the coronavirus crisis, SHEKEL is now in the careful process of readapting its programs as coronavirus restrictions are rolled back.
At a moving ceremony, inaugurating the newly opened SHEKEL center for people on the autism spectrum, Petach Tikva mayor, Rami Greenberg, expressed the city’s deep commitment to answering the multiple needs of Petach Tikva residents with disabilities.
How can we make intimacy and romantic love accessible for people with disabilities? and how vital is it to do so? What are the life-long effects of trauma and why is the phenomena disproportionately common among people with disabilities? Why is 'trauma-informed care' so important for adults, youth and children with special needs?