Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

Strategic Plan to Enable Adults with Cognitive and Motoric Disabilities to Achieve a Social and Educational Place within Society

Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

Strategic Plan to Enable Adults with Cognitive and Motoric Disabilities to Achieve a Social and Educational Place within Society

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Aleh believes that every child, regardless of the severity of the physical or cognitive disability, has the right to benefit from the best available care and develop to his or her fullest potential. Accordingly, our vocational workshops have been established to enable all of our residents to express their creative ability and fulfill their potential by developing the appropriate conditions, resources and surroundings. Aleh provides residential, educational and rehabilitative care for a population with severe cognitive and motoric disabilities and medical complications; residents are dependent, confined to wheelchairs and in need of assistance for BADL.

Aleh Jerusalem's innovation in vocational training is that we now include even the most severely cognitively and physically disabled residents, aged 21+ in the program. Previously, their acute limitations deemed them ineligible for participation; now, through special adaptations, the daily vocational workshops enable every person at every level of function, to find their own avenue of expression in a fulfilling occupation. There is no expectation that they will succeed in integrating within an external workforce, but the workshops enable them to realize their functional potential, acquire daily living skills, and contribute towards the community at large. Individualized therapy plans are developed by a multi-disciplinary team (teacher and physio, occupational, art and communication therapists), and the workshops are planned accordingly, tailored to specific needs. …

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