New Programs For Disability Awareness Month Teach Israeli Teens About Inclusiveness
The Israeli Ministry of Education is instituting special programming this February, the 10th annual Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM), that will expose and educate Israeli high school students to peers with disabilities.
The program, called “Tikkun Olam,” is a program that runs the length of the entire school year but is increasing the amount of programming for JDAIM and was initiated by ADI, an organization caring for children with severe and complex disabilities. Avi Wortzman, Director General of ADI’s rehabilitative village in the Negev and the brains behind “Tikkun Olam,” celebrated the program’s launch.
“We couldn’t be prouder of this program, which is the fulfillment of a dream for ADI,” he said. “Working together with the Ministry of Education, we are educating towards change on a grand scale and seeing immediate results countrywide".
Tikkun Olam will place emphasis on the importance of acceptance and inclusion through lectures, workshops, and hands-on volunteering opportunities. It comprises 15 events including educational seminars and field activities with the disabled. There will also be a fully-accessible Purim carnival at Yeshivat Bnei Akiva Lapid in Modiin where there will be more interpersonal contact and in which 80 students from the Harim School for Special Needs in Givat Ada, will be the guests of honor.