Familiarizing with the World of developmental intellectual disabilities” – National Seminar on behalf of the Shalem Fund at the Kibbutzim College for People Working in Economy, Administration and Secretariats"      

 In the beginning of March, 20 participants working in economy, secretariats and administration from all over Israel went on a tour as part of the seminar “Familiarizing with the World of developmental intellectual disabilities”. The seminar was held at the Kibbutzim College on behalf of the Shalem Fund. The tour included a visit to two centers operated by the Amichai Association, at the Yevulim Ecological Farm, in Kfar Malal and the Amichai Home in Hod HaSharon. At the Yevulim Ecological Farm, in Kfar Malal, the participants toured between the trees and plant beds, learned about a recycling and sustainability project and heard from the workers about the experience of working at such a unique place. At the Amichai Home in Hod HaSharon they met with the CEO of the Amichai Association, Keren Shushan. One participant said: “We received a fascinating tour, a glimpse of the community work, the creative solutions they create for the members and the unique services they have: Snoezelen, greenhouse, virtual reality room, gym, and at the end of the tour we ate at the Cofix branch operating on site”

This is the first year that the Kibbutzim College is preforming training seminars on the behalf of the Shalem Fund. In addition to this seminar, the College also holds two other seminars: Familiarizing with developmental intellectual disabilities for service year volunteers in Mevaseret Zion and Familiarizing with the Sexual and Social Development of People with developmental intellectual disabilities, intended for instructors and caretakers in adult day care centers

The Shalem Fund is partner to initiating the seminars along with the National and District Supervision at the Department of Persons with developmental intellectual disabilities, the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs and Social Services, and finances them