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Agencies Serving Blind & Partially Sighted People

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ALEH - The Society of Blind and Dyslexic Students in Israel & The Learning Center for the Blind
Hebrew University of Jersualem, Mount Scopus, Jerusalem 91905, Israel.
Contact person: Moshe Oved, Director
Tel: +972 2 588 2155
Fax: +972 2 582 6166
Activities: Matriculation programme; academic recording studio; reading, tutoring and exam-taking services; academic and personal counselling and mobility services; purchase and loan of auxiliary equipment; Prof. Arieli Scholarships for academic excellence; special preparatory course for the psychometric exam; blind students tutoring blind school children; Career Search Workshop for college graduates.

Ali Hope Foundation
PO Box 32196, Jerusalem 91000, Israel.
Contact person: Mrs. Thamara Meirovich, Director
Tel: +972 54 639 5658
Fax: +972 2 673 3029
Activities: The main aim of the Foundation is to improve the independence and well-being of Deaf and Deaf-Blind Israeli’s through the provision of specially-trained dogs. The Foundation also aims to provide encouragement and companionship to the deaf-blind.

Association of the Blind in Israel Assisted by Guide Dogs

Street address: 10 David Hachmi Street, Tel-Aviv 67778, Israel.
Postal address: P.O.B. 6054, Tel-Aviv 61060, Israel.
Tel: +972 3 537 1065
Fax: +972 3 537 1066
Activities: An organisation under the umbrella of the The Center for the Blind in Israel that pursues activities on themes related to the acquisition of the guide dogs, and keeps constant touch with the guide dog training schools in Israel and abroad, and other. The Association takes care of the funding for the dogs, which are received from the Ministry of Social Affairs, based on the Association's reports. Also responsible for medical care and supervision: after-care for the dogs by a professional trainer, when needed, during the entire period that the dog is working actively.

Beit Yael - Center for the Advancement of the Blind
Herzl Street 15/a, POB 1132, Safed 13111, Israel.
Contact person: Ms Rena Cohen, Director of Development
Tel: +972 4 692 0445/6
Fax: +972 4 692 2338
Activities: The Centre provides blind and partially sighted people with a selection of rehabilitation programmes and activities geared toward adjustment to everyday living and independence. The objectives are to show people how to acquire skills in many fields to enable them to enter higher education, the job market and in general, to maximize their potential and independence.

Beth David Institute Center for Deafblind Persons
PO Box 9259, Tel-Aviv 61092, Israel.
Tel: +972 3 631 6361
Fax: +972 3 631 6419
Activities: The Center has successfully initiated, developed and provided rehabilitation services and social programs for deaf-blind people. The Center's staff strives to allow the deaf-blind clients to learn to live independently in as many situations as possible. Ongoing programs include: A Learning Center where deaf-blind individuals study essential skills for independent living; and to which we plan to add a unit on leadership, especially for women. A Social Recreational Club which provides a welcoming place for deaf-blind individuals to study essential skills for independent living, and which we hope to expand to provide a social atmosphere for deaf-blind persons. An Early Identification Program which identifies children of all ages with deaf-blindness so that the rehabilitation process can be made simpler later in life. An Ulpan for Deaf-Blind New Immigrants which provides a place for deaf-blind people to learn the Hebrew language using both Israeli Sign Language, Braille and Hebrew script.

Center for the Blind In Israel
10 David Hachmi St., Tel-Aviv 67778, Israel.
Contact persons: Ms. Linda Solomon-Levy and Mr Herzi Muchtar
Tel: +972 3 791 5536
Fax: +972 3 542 3711
Activities: Umbrella organization responsible for all organisations in Israel serving the blind and visually impaired. Responsible for advocacy on behalf of the blind community in areas of national legislation and lobbies for increased benefits and rights from government ministries and public bodies. Services include an equipment resource centre and store, processing of financial benefits, summer recreation programs, computer courses and a telephone information service. Other organisations housed at the Center include: The Center For The Blind in Israel; Migdal-Or, American Israeli Lighthouse Rehabilitation Teaching Center; The Association of the Blind in Israel Assisted by Guide Dogs; Herzliya Low Vision Center; Sheshet - Association of the Blind in Israel; Center For Deaf-Blind Persons; The Ministry of Education - Pedagogical Institute.

Central Library for the Blind, Visually Impaired and Handicapped
4 Hahistadrut Street, Netanya, 42441, Israel.
Contact person: Mr Uri Cohen, Director
Tel: +972 9 861 7874
Fax: +972 9 862 6346
Activities: The Central Library for the Blind, the Visually Impaired and the Handicapped produces and lends out books and periodicals in Braille, on cassettes and in large print.

Israel Guide Dog Center for the Blind
Beit Oved, 76800, Israel.
Tel: +972 8 9408 213
Fax: +972 8 9408 220
Activities: The Israel Guide Dog Center for the Blind is a registered non-profit organization dedicated to aiding blind Israelis by providing them with and teaching them to use guide dogs. It provide courses and accommodations for blind students, breeding and training their own dogs and providing veterinary care in our Health and Reproduction Wing. The Center creates 20 to 24 Partnerships a year. A Partnership between a blind individual and a guide dog costs about $18,000, yet the dogs, training and services are provided at no charge due to representatives and supporters in the US and England and in Israel: The volunteer puppy-raising families who raise the pups until they're ready for training, the breeder dog-keepers who keep some of the brood-bitches and the community as a whole helping with volunteer work, donations and gifts, all enable IGDCB to offer any blind person in Israel the chance to be freer, safer and more independent.

Jewish Institute for the Blind
PO Box 925, Jerusalem 91008, Israel.
Tel: +972 2 659 9555
Fax: +972 2 651 2186
Activities: Provides services in education, rehabilitaion, health and social welfare for the blind and visually impaired. Services include a primary and technical school, computer education, a sports centre, rehabilitation centre, library and recording studio and a loan fund for housing.

"Migdal Or", American Israeli Lighthouse Rehabilitation Teaching Center
Kiriat Haim 26244, Haifa, Israel.
Contact person: Hagit Shamli, Director of Community Affairs
Tel: +972 4 8721345
Fax: +972 4 840 4372
Activitites: Migdal Or (Lighthouse) is a multi-service center, specializing in functional and vocational rehabilitation of the visually impaired or blind people. The centre offers its one-stop services at various locations around the country, with main branches at Kiryat Haim, Haifa, Tel-Aviv and Jerusalem, as well as in the individual's home and everyday environment. The organization provides functional rehabilitation which focuses on improving the independent daily function of the visually impaired or blind people, in order to encourage and enable them to lead an independent, integrated life as much as possible, and vocational rehabilitation which focuses on inclusion of the visually impaired or blind population in the job market, based on their abilities and needs. The Assistive Technology Division specializes in adapting computerized technology and state-of-the-art accessories to the needs and limitations of the customer.

"Ofek Liyladenu" Israel National Association of Parents of Visually Impaired Children
8 Degel Reuven St., PO Box 925, Jerusalem 91008, Israel.
Tel: +972 2 659 9553
Fax: +972 2 652 2614
Activities: The main goals of the association is to support parents of visually impaired and blind children by the following actions: To distribute a newsletter with updated relevant information (from national and international sources) to help them bring up and educate their children. To organize guided support groups in the different regional centers, to discuss common issues in raising up blind and visually impaired children. To initiate seminars, regional and annual conferences dealing with issues related to the special skills visually impaired children need to be trained in. To set up afternoon and summer activities for the children who are integrated in regular schools, in order to strengthen them in the fields that cannot be dealt with the needed attention during the school hours. To be an influential body, which represents our children's special needs among the various ministries in charge of our children. To implement joint projects with the Special Services for Blind Pupils in the Education Ministry, in order to improve the education, rehabilitation and extra curricular activities of our children. To promote better understanding of our visually impaired children and tolerance within the general public. To distribute scholarships for the children's special needs (special devices and computers) and to reward children or persons in the community for outstanding dedication to our children.

Society for the Blind & Prevention of Blindness - Haifa
32, Haifa 35053, Israel.
Tel: +972 4 852 7222
Fax: +972 4 8527223
Activities: The organization aims to enable the blind and visually impaired, to be absorbed into the family, work and society in general, within the confines of their disability, regardless of religion, sex, or age.


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