Below is a list of resources for families and individuals with special needs as they explore travel and life in Israel. The list is not exhaustive; email us with suggested resources to include. Information found in the JAA Israel Resource Directory reflects the latest information provided by the originating organizations. For specific details and the most up-to-date information, please contact the resource directly.
Access Israel, established in Israel in 1999, is the first non-profit organization in Israel whose main mission is to promote accessibility and inclusion to improve the quality of life of people with disabilities and the elderly.
ALEH is a rehabilitative care center with four residential facilities. Annualy they provide advanced medical, educational and rehabilitative care to over 750 children with intellectual and developmental disabilities and complex medical conditions. In addition, ALEH provides over 45,000 outpatient treatments annually.
Beit Issie Shapiro
Beit Issie Shapiro is Israel’s leading developer and provider of innovative therapies and state-of-the-art services for people with disabilities across the lifespan, promoting social change through: development and provision of cutting edge services, changing attitudes in society and advocating for better legislation, and sharing knowledge throughout Israel, as well as internationally, through research, consultation and training.
Buy For Good
Buy for Good is an online store for social impact products made in Israel. All products are made by adults and children with disabilities or from underprivileged communities in Israel through educational and vocational programs.
Beyachad believes that every person has the right to full and complete inclusion in their community. They lobby and advocate, facilitate and educate, and empower people with disabilities to be included in every aspect of society and communal life.
The Feuerstein Institute believes that everyone – regardless of age, etiology or disability – has the immeasurable ability to enhance their learning aptitude and heighten their intelligence. To help others tap into their latent abilities, we employ the Feuerstein Method, a unique educational tool that has already helped hundreds of thousands of people to improve their learning, thinking and analyzing skills.
Israel4All is an Israeli tourism company for people with disabilities and special needs, whose mission is to be of service to special needs travelers with all kinds of disabilities including physical and mobility challenges, wheelchair/scooter users, slow walkers, the elderly, the hearing impaired, the visually impaired, developmental disabilities and people on the autistic spectrum as well as others.
Israel Sport Center for the Disabled
The center empowers children and youth with physical disabilities from all backgrounds to participate in physical and psychological rehabilitation through sports in order to attain the goal of leading productive and successful lives in Israeli society.
Shalva National Center
Shalva, the Israel Association for the Care and Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities, provides an all-encompassing range of services for thousands of people with disabilities from infancy to adulthood and their families. Shalva’s comprehensive life-cycle programming provide leading-edge therapies, inclusive educational frameworks, social and recreational activities, employment training, and independent living, as well as respite and family support.
Shutaf Inclusion Programs in Jerusalem offers year-round inclusive, informal education activities for children, teens, and young people with and without disabilities, while inspiring and educating others towards the acceptance and inclusion of all members of the community. Programs include camps, leadership programs, inclusion-accelerator workshops, and parent and family gatherings.
Special in Uniform
Special in Uniform is an innovative program that integrates youth with disabilities into the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), giving everyone a right to fulfill their potential and be accepted into society. They go beyond the walls of IDF bases, and help their graduates integrate into the workforce and Israeli society in meaningful ways.
Lend a Hand to a Special Child
Regesh Treatment Center in Beit Dagan was established in 2010 with the goal of providing para-medical services at subsidized prices to children with special needs from disadvantaged families. As part of Lend a Hand to a Special Child, the center also provides a variety of services to parents: guidance, referrals to medical professionals and social services, support groups and more.
The ultimate goal of Yated is to provide children and adults living with Down Syndrome the ability to live normal lives within their local Israeli communities, through educating medical and therapy professionals, preventing discrimination in society, promoting innovative programs for education and employment of people with Down syndrome, arranging conferences and more.