Blog: Living with Down Syndrome in Israel
Thursday, June 11, 2015
In Israel some 140 children are born with Down Syndrome each year. In total, there are about 7,000 people with this condition in the country.


Integrating kids with disabilities into society

Posted on 2/13/2014 by Ariel Rudolph

There are almost 200,000 children and youth in Israel with debilitating disabilities such as deafness, paralysis, or learning difficulties and need continuously ongoing medical treatment.

The organization Eliya, which was established in Israel in 1982 plays a leading role in the treatment of blind children, offering a range of diverse and remarkable assistance programs to these children. In its three centers in Petach Tikva, Be'er Sheva and Jerusalem blind children and children with development problems receive therapeutic care.

An approach applied by this organization is directed towards meeting the individual needs of each child. Staff at Eliya aim to address the integration of these children into society. Programs offered by this center include speech therapy, physiotherapy, hydrotherapy and massage.

Many blind children also suffer from delayed development. Another program offered by Eliya is music therapy, which helps these kids to build trust with others and to socialize.

Eliya aspires to better integrate blind children into the mainstream education system and society. Likewise, the family environment of children is addressed - so family members of blind children are taught the techniques and methods with which they can most effectively support their children.