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What’s more simple than going to a coffee shop and ordering a cup of coffee and a pastry?    

The target of the project was to develop an initial model of an accessible menu for people with intellectual disabilities (I.e. cognitively accessible menu.)
The model was developed by the Israel Institute for Cognitive Disability with the participation of a group of people with intellectual disabilities.
The process has resulted in the creation of formal document principles for accessing menus for people with intellectual disabilities: for categories, use of simple concepts, use of symbols, use of images, font sizes and colors.
You are invited to watch a video documenting the process and imagine what life would look like for people with disabilities if all the cafes in Israel and around the world had access to their menus.
 
The project was initiated and funded by Shalem foundation, the Fund for Developmental Services Foundation for People with Disabilities and Developmental Disabilities in the Local cuncils in Israel in cooperation with Cofix - Coffee Network in Israel.
 
The project was done by the Israeli Institute for Cognitive Access
Photography and editing: Idan Aslan.
Participants: recipients of service at the Ami Association 
  

 

 

 

 



Findings report of Mapping the Social Services for people with Intellectual developmental disabilities in the local authorities which received support from the Shalem Fund at the last three decades (with an emphasis on rehabilitation daycare, employment frames work and social clubs)   Catalog # 259| PhD. Adi Levi Vered, Noga chen  

This study was carried out by 'Michlol'- the Assessment and Measurement Unit of the Shalem Foundation

 
For more than three decades, the Shalem Fund has been supporting the development of services for people with Intellectual developmental disabilities in the local authorities through professional advice and financial support
Establishment of the Disabilities Administration in the Ministry of Social Welfare and Social Services development of the service sequence (partly multi-handicapped), development programs in the authorities (roof agreements and urban renewal programs) - all these and more have an impact on the scope of needs and the answers for those needs in each authority
With the help of 'Michlol', an intra-organizational assessment unit of the Shalem fund, the foundation has been collecting, analyzing and mapping data, based on frameworks for people with Intellectual developmental disabilities in local authorities all over the country - frameworks that have received support from Shalem fund over the past three decades


The data analysis indicates needs and aims in the area of service development

The relationship between the size of the authority (current and in the future) and the scope of existing services indicates needs that will be needed to address to people with disabilities in general and to people with Intellectual developmental disabilities in particular

In an authority that has about 100,000 residents or more, it is necessary to develop more than one framework for a particular service Needs identified in rehabilitation day care centers and day care centers for the therapeutic, nursing and aging population Regional councils will required breakthrough thinking to develop responses for needs, especially leisure activities

To sum up, we can say that tomorrow is already here! The fund's accumulated experience shows that starting and running of service or project development - if will start today - will come to it end in about four to five years
Shalem fund will continue to provide professional assistance in the drive for quality of life for people with Intellectual developmental disabilities and other disabilities, and invite the authorities to contact them and get support in advancing service development


To read the full findings report in Hebrew press here
To view the summarizing presentation of results in Hebrew press here
To view the extended presentation in Hebrew press here

Key Words
People with Intellectual developmental disabilities
Research, assessment and measurement
Shalem Fund study

 



Survey findings: Accessibility Services Needs for People with Intellectual developmental disabilities in the Community and Local Authorities   Catalog # 256| PhD. Adi Levi Vered, Noga chen  

This study was carried out by 'Michlol'- the Assessment and Measurement Unit of the Shalem Foundation


Assessing the issue of information accessibility for people with Intellectual developmental disabilities developed out of the need of the largest authorities forum in Israel, to understand the needs of people with disabilities, and to develop cognitive accessibility eamsures for people with disabilities across the country, in line with the "Equal Rights for People with Disabilities Act" and the "Accessibility Regulations" Law. As part of this assessment, a survey was conducted for the role holders in the local authorities, in collaboration with various representatives of the local authorities in the social services departments, cognitive disability institutes, and representatives of the local government. This is for the purpose to examine what is currently being done in this area in the local authorities and the community, in the eyes of service providers in the authorities

To read the full findings report in Hebrew press here
To view the summarizing presentation of results in Hebrew
press here
To view the Executive Summary in Hebrew
press here

Key Words
People with Intellectual developmental disabilities
Cognitive accessibility
Shalem Fund study

 

 



Evaluating the contribution of the "Lilach" website - accessing information in the field of women's health   Catalog # 219| PhD. Adi Levi Vered, Noga Chen  

This study was carried out by 'Michlol'- the Assessment and Measurement Unit of the Shalem Fund

 Every year, Shalem Fund offers student ideas that may develop and contribute to a population with developmental intellectual disabilities. Accordingly, Noa Maynart and Shahar Moore, BA Students at the Holon Institute of Technology have developed an online platform for accessing information on women's health, for women with intellectual disabilities. The rationale for the project stemmed from the need to step up from the field, whereby gynecological examinations are performed on women with developmental intellectual disabilities without the woman being a significant part of the examination, meaning they do not know what is expected of them and at the time of examination they do not know exactly what the doctor is examining and why. This project was assessed by Michlol - evaluation and research unit of the Shalem Fund. The evaluation study included 23 women with developmental intellectual disabilities from 7 different housing frames, as well as 14 direct caregivers who accompanied them to the process. The purposes of the research were focused on examining women's knowledge after exposure to the 'Lilach' site, examining their change in attitude at the visit to the women doctor following the exposure of the site as well as the satisfaction of the women and caregivers from the site. in general, the results of the evaluation were positive and sometimes surprising in terms of the women's own responses to the various questions referred to them. The site seemed to provide learning and emotional preparation to the woman for visiting at the women's doctor. Moreover, the acquisition of knowledge contributed significantly to have a more positive visit to the women's doctor, among women with developmental disabilities

 

To read the full findings report in Hebrew press here
To view the summarizing presentation of results in Hebrew
press here
To read the executive summary in Hebrew 
press here

Key Words : 
People with Intellectual developmental disabilities
Cognitive accessibility
Shalem Fund study

 



Survey findings: The perception of local authorities' officials on research in the field of intellectual developmental disabilities   Catalog # 257| PhD. Adi Levi Vered, Noga chen  

This study was carried out by 'Michlol'- the Assessment and Measurement Unit of the Shalem Foundation


This survey was created by a large-scale qualitative study initiated by the Shalem Foundation (
see link) which dealt with the extent of the contribution, impact and / or effectiveness of the fund's long-term investment in research, as well as the contribution of the studies it supported in the area of intellectual disability. In the framework of the research, the studies presented to the Shalem Foundation research committee were mapped over the years, in various aspects such as: content and topics, budget, researchers, the number of references to the research and its support and more. Additionally, depth interviews were conducted with experts and stakeholders to obtain a picture of their perceptions of the contribution of these studies as well as of the perception on the idea of support in research as one of the Foundation's functions
Following the findings of the study, it was decided to conduct a survey among the professionals at the social services departments in all the local authorities in order to learn about the needs for applied research that could serve them optimally and improve the quality of service provided to people with intellectual disabilities and those around them


This document presents the findings of the survey conducted in the first quarter of 2019

To read the full findings report in Hebrew press here
To view the summarizing presentation of results in Hebrew
press here
To view the Executive Summary in Hebrew
press here

Key Words
People with Intellectual developmental disabilities
Research, assessment and measurement
Shalem Fund study

 



Supported employment - as part of the Employment Services for People with Intellectual developmental disability- mapping the characteristics of the partners in the program and the satisfaction of the employe   Catalog # 165 | PhD. Adi Levi Vered, Maya Sabag, Bosmat Hoh, Noga chen  

This study was carried out by 'Michlol'- the Assessment and Measurement Unit of the Shalem Foundation


The following evaluation report present the mapping of the characteristics of employed persons, employers, workplaces and coordinators accompanying the employment program. Additionally, the report presents the findings of the employer's satisfaction assessment of the program and the findings of the training and professional development needs of the coordinators in this program. All these in order to show the characteristics of the populations involved in the program and the examination of points in the plan that must be invested in their cultivation, alongside elements that must be preserved, as of 2015 to 2017

To read the full findings report in Hebrew press here
To view the summarizing presentation of results in Hebrew press here
To view the Executive Summary in Hebrew press here

Key Words
People with intellectual developmental disabilities
Employment
Caregivers and staff
Research, assessment and measurement
Shalem Fund study


 

 



Attitudes change towards people with intellectual developmental disabilities - among Academic's students who study in courses provided by the Shalem Fund and among Training students at Shalem Fund's courses - in the year of 2017   Catalog # 196 | PhD. Adi Levi Vered, Maya Sabag, Noga chen  

This study was carried out by 'Michlol'- the Assessment and Measurement Unit of the Shalem Foundation


The following evaluation report present the findings of the change in attitudes toward people with intellectual developmental disabilities in relation to their quality of life among Academic students and Training students, before and after their participation in courses in the field of with Intellectual developmental disabilities

The courses that were held in the academic year 2017, were aimed at two different populations

One of them is courses for Academic's students who have taken place within academic frameworks- in order to provide this students background and knowledge about the world of the person with the intellectual developmental disabilitie, its abilities, needs and the solutions that exist today for this population

The second one is Training courses designed for staff members (training students) who work in frameworks designed for people with intellectual developmental disabilities- in order to provide to the professionals focused knowledge, in their field of employment, about the needs of people with intellectual developmental disabilities and the possible responses for this population


To read the full findings report in Hebrew press here

To view the summarizing presentation of results in Hebrew press here

 

Key Words
People with intellectual developmental disabilities
Caregivers and staff
Research, assessment and measurement
Attitudes and social perceptions
Shalem Fund study



Supportive Environment - Informational video    

Supportive Environment - a program for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities

The supportive environment program is a community based program under the auspices of the Community Services Division of the Disabilities Administration in the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs and Services. It offers an alternative to out-of-the-home placement for adults with intellectual disabilities. The program, established ten years ago, is now serving approximately 630 people, supervised by 40 counselors, in 45 municipalities throughout Israel.
The program provides guidance, support, and auxiliary services for men and women, including at-risk populations, age 21 and over with IDD who live by themselves or with aging parents in the community. The goal of the program is to enable these people to live at home, in the community, for as long as possible.
The following video demonstrates the unique aspects of the supportive environment program as they are tailored to the individual needs of each participant, while taking into consideration his or her choice of utilizing the various existing programs in the community. The program operates in conjunction with the social service departments in each community, and it is unique in its ability to promote advancement and inclusion of those individuals who have yet to participate in the various local service programs. It offers support which is based on a personalized relationship between the service providers and the participants and is tailored to the needs of each person.


This short film was produced with the support of the Shalem Fund


- To the program’s policy paper
- To the evaluation study

Produced, directed and edited by Yoav Kleinman, 2018.

 



Meet adorable Tal from Herzelia   Just like everyone else: interviews with our most precious partners  

Meet adorable Tal from Herzelia, she loves music, basketball, and painting – and to eat pizza and MacDonald's, although she knows it's not healthy…


She has a boyfriend, called Tal too, whom she loves very much.

 

 



Save the Date for The Second Annual Shalem Knowledge and Skills Conference    

The second conference for presentation of contemporary, Shalem Foundation-supported research papers in the area of intellectual developmental disabilities


To take place on 21 June 2018 | Thursday 

Information regarding the conference’s venue as well as a link for registration will be published on the Shalem Foundation website at a later date