The Shalem Foundation was established in 1983 by the Federation of Local Authorities in cooperation with the Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services. The foundation works to develop comprehensive services and resources for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout the country.

The Vision of the Shalem Foundation
"People with developmental intellectual disabilities have the basic right to live normal lives within their natural surroundings, to realize their hidden potential, and to be socially, culturally, and occupationally integrated into the community as much as possible, according to their abilities, desires, and needs."
The Shalem Foundation has played a key role in impacting the lives of people with disabilities and their families. The foundation’s multifaceted team continuously strives to develop innovative programs to improve the quality of life of people with disabilities and include them in all aspects of society. The Shalem Foundation understands the complex needs of these individuals and those around them. As these needs change throughout the course of their lives, The Shalem Foundation aims to help every step of the way.
The Shalem Foundation Assists in the Following Areas:
• Funding of physical development of community facilities
• Funding and support of innovative social services and programs for people with developmental disabilities 
• Funding and development of advanced educational and tutoring programs for professionals
• Funding and assistance with artistic productions by people with intellectual and developmental disabilities
• Creation and support of activities that promote and change way of thinking and attitudes towards people with intellectual and developmental disabilities
• Funding of research, professional knowledge development and models, training and conferences
The Shalem Foundation provides funding for approximately 200 projects and initiatives throughout Israel each year. The organization works in full cooperation with local councils, representatives of the Ministry of Social Affairs & Social Services and other nonprofit organizations throughout Israel.
The Shalem Foundation encourages new ideas and activities in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities and offers annual awards to heads of regional councils, public figures and volunteers. The Foundation also awards prizes for excellence to regional councils and individuals with intellectual disabilities who have contributed to society or to unique projects.

The Shalem Foundation has made a number of strategic goals for the years 2015-2020. They include:
1. Changing perceptions and inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of daily life. This includes development of a unique enterprise that will offer a glimpse into the world of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The center will be the first of its kind in the world and will enable partnership with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
2. Capacity building, training, applied research, knowledge and skill development for professional workers and caretakers of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 
3. An incubator for change: the Shalem foundation invites all initiatives which promote the inclusion of people with disabilities in society as well as bettering their quality of life.
The Shalem Foundation is dedicated to utilizing the potential of every person with intellectual disabilities in order to provide them with the best possible quality of life as well as educating society as a whole to be more inclusive and caring. 
Information Review's findings on Models for Accessing Municipal Services for People with Intellectual developmental disabilities   Catalog # 255| PhD. Adi Levi Vered, Noga Chen  

This study was carried out by 'Michlol'- the Assessment and Measurement Unit of the Shalem Fund
The purpose of this review was to gather information from various countries around the world on existing models of cognitive accessibility of municipal services for people with Intellectual developmental disabilities The review was conducted by Internet Search and focused on the world's leading countries in this field: New York (USA), Sweden and England
The review raises key terms and popular access policies in these countries. Moreover, examples and models of accessibility that have come up in a review are presented, such as documents accessibility, websites and apps of public bodies accessibility of public transport, the justice system and health services. All for the main purpose of expanding the independence of people with disabilities in the public sphere

To read the full findings report in Hebrew press here

Key Words
People with intellectual developmental disabilities
Community integration
Cognitive accessibility
Shalem Fund study

 

 




Assessment the contribution of Academic courses (learned in 2019) that integrate the field of Intellectual developmental disabilities   Catalog # 234 | PhD. Adi Levi Vered, Noga Chen  

This study was carried out by 'Michlol'- the Assessment and Measurement Unit of the Shalem Fund
In the following findings report, you will find the results of the satisfaction assessment and the change in attitudes towards people with intellectual developmental disabilities, among students in various academic settings, after their participation at attending courses in the field of intellectual developmental disabilities
Analysis of the findings of the feedback questionnaires yielded positive findings. It seems that most students find it very important to learn courses on this topic and that participation in the courses of intellectual developmental disabilities field brought a great interest in them continuing to study or work in the intellectual developmental disabilities field. Likewise about half of the respondents expressed great satisfaction with the courses they took part in. At the same time, most of the respondents reported that their attitudes towards the intellectual developmental disabilities changed as a result of their participation in the course and that the course increased their desire and sense of ability to work with 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
Social attitudes and perceptions
Research, evaluation and measurement
Shalem Fund study




Examining the relationship between social networks participation to the social capability and a feeling of loneliness among People with intellectual developmental disabilities   Catalog # 890-81-2018 | Supervised by: PhD. Carmit-Noa Shpigelman  

This work was supported by a grant from Shalem Fund for Development of Services for People with Intellectual Disabilities in the Local Councils in Israel
The present study is a quantitative study conducted with the aim to examine the relationship between social networks participation and the social capability among 101 people with Intellectual developmental disabilities in the age of over 21 mediated by the feeling of loneliness and the recession of the relationship by three motives for social network participation
In addition, the variables age, gender, and type of social networking platform were examined as predictors of participation in social networks
The findings of the study indicate a significant positive relationship between social network participation and social capability. The feeling of loneliness was not found to mediate the relationship between social networks participation and social capability. In addition, motives for social networking participation were found to moderate and strengthen the relationship between the two variables. There is also a significant negative relationship between age and social network participation, and a significant positive relationship is found between the social networking platform and social networking participation, with WhatsApp being the social network that contributes most to predicting participation
The findings of this study reinforce the importance of linguistic accessibility of existing social networks due to the potential contribution of social networking participation among individuals with Intellectual developmental disabilities to promote their social ability

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Key Words: Social networking site (SNS); intellectual disability; social competence, loneliness; motives; social media




Evaluation of the "Containing Moves" training program for the staff of daycare facilities in the community service for people with Intellectual Developmental Disabilities   Catalog # 195 | PhD. Adi Levi Vered, Noga Chen  

This study was carried out by 'Michlol'- the Assessment and Measurement Unit of the Shalem Fund In 2010 The Intellectual Developmental Disabilities Branch of the Ministry of Welfare chose the Shalem Fund to conduct staff training projects with the "Containing Moves" company with the focus on Challenging Behavior The purpose of this assessment was to examine the contribution, impact and implementation of the tools received by staff members participating in the program upon completion of the course (short term) as well…

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Parenting Rights for Persons with Mental and Intellectual Disabilities: An Alternative Conception of ‘Parenthood’ as a Mean to Promote Disability Rights   Catalog # 639| Supervised By: Prof. Gideon Sapir  

This work was supported by a grant from Shalem Fund for Development of Services for People with Intellectual Disabilities in the Local Councils in Israel

Parenthood constitutes, usually, a substantial part of an one’s adult life, and therefore the right to found a family is an integral part of the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Nevertheless, research of the policy and legislation in this field reveals an opposite approach, one that restricts and prevents parenting of persons with disabilities, and especially intellectual and mental disabilities. This research aims to uncover the reasons for this contradiction, reasons that are grounded both in the unique characterizations of parenthood and on the institutional perception of parenthood, which is reflected by the welfare authorities and the courts. The research suggests that adopting an alternative perception of parenthood, one that doesn’t focus only on duty but also on personal development and relationship, holds the potential to bridge the gap between theoretic ideals of parenthood equality, and the realization of parenthood rights in practice. Following the universal approach to disability, the alternative perception would benefit not only parents with disabilities but all parents, since most if not all of them experience temporary or permanent difficulties performing their parenthood duties.

Key search words: parenthood, disability, children’s rights.

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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 
  

 

 

 

 




Intervention of Medical/Therapeutic Clowns in a Kindergarten for Children with Intellectual Disabilities   Catalog #890-68-2018  

This work was supported by a grant from Shalem Fund for Development of Services for People with Intellectual Disabilities in the Local Councils in Israel The study examined and evaluated the contribution of the work of two therapeutic clowns in a cluster of kindergartens for children with developmental disabilities in the framework of free interactive and humorous play (clownish play). The evaluation focused on the playing skills of the children, on their social skills and their emotional involvement. Based on positive results of a pilot study from 2015-16,…

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Evaluation of Social ventures in Regional councils   catalog # 235 | PhD. Adi Levi Vered, Noga Chen  

This study was carried out by 'Michlol'- the Assessment and Measurement Unit of the Shalem Fund
In 2017 Shalem Fund published public reader's voice for development of social ventures in the regional councils. Following the referral, 8 unique social projects were developed in the regional councils. The objectives of the current evaluation were to study the mechanism underlying the issuing of social ventures to people with intellectual developmental disabilities in the regional councils, as well as to study on is success and contribution of the social ventures
The evaluation report shows the reference to the projects from a number of points of view- the project managers, participants in the projects (with or without disabilities), the family members and the activity guides. In addition, the representatives of the regional councils who tried to develop ventures but eventually did not develop as well as the representatives of the regional councils that did not answer to the reader's voice, were heard
The findings presented in this report indicate a significant contribution of the social initiatives for the various and diverse audiences that have been assessed. In addition, the findings indicate the strength and contribution of the community integration - both for the disabled and non disabled population and the community itself - in aspects of awareness, giving or receiving, perceptual change towards the population with disabilities, and the improvement of the sense of security in the community area. Another important finding indicates the indirect contribution of the projects to the regional councils themselves, both in terms of discourse within the councils team's and in the creation of collaborations, and in terms of positioning the councils
This assessment enables to learn about the needs, barriers and challenges that accompanied the development of the ventures, as well as how to deal with the challenges - so that this knowledge can be used in the future to develop new social ventures

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Key Words
Leisure
Community integration
Research, evaluation and measurement
People with intellectual developmental disabilities
Shalem Fund study

 




Linguistic Accessibility for People with Intellectual Disabilities: Influence of the Referring Expression on Text Comprehension   Catalog # 650| Supervised By: Prof. Orna Peleg, Dr. Sigal Uziel-karl  

This work was supported by a grant from Shalem Fund for Development of Services for People with Intellectual Disabilities in the Local Councils in Israel

 
The widely used guidelines for language simplification have been tested empirically only to a limited extent. We examined one language simplification guideline: The preference of full lexical noun phrases over pronouns. This instruction is inconsistent with studies suggesting that in the case of typically developed readers, referencing to a prominent entity by name repetition is actually more difficult to process than pronoun referencing (the “repeated name penalty”) (Gordon, Grosz, & Gilliom, 1993). However, given that other studies demonstrate the impact of memory impairment on anaphoric processes (Almor, 2000), we hypothesized that people with intellectual disability, who suffer from memory deficiency, will prefer name repetition referencing. The findings are incongruent with our hypothesis and the guideline examined: There was no evidence that name repetition was more efficient than pronouns in helping people with intellectual disability understand the texts. This stresses the importance of empirical examination of the language simplification guidelines.
 
Keywords: Language accessibility, language simplification, intellectual disability, repeated name penalty, anaphoric processes, full noun phrase, pronoun
 
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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

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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

 

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