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Watch: Students at School for the Blind sing about hope

Student choir from Israeli School for the Blind sing, 'I have hope,' bringing joy to Israelis from across the country: 'I have hope, I know that everything is for the good; I have hope, and the entire world is filled with love.'

Watch: Students at School for the Blind sing about hope

Respiratory unit for children inaugurated in Adi-Jerusalem

New respiratory unit was inaugurated at Adi-Jerusalem. The Center provides therapeutic services for children and adults with disabilities.

Respiratory unit for children inaugurated in Adi-Jerusalem

Life for Israelis with disabilities is a well-kept secret

For-profit institutions and government neglect have led to abuse and exploitation.Op-ed.

Life for Israelis with disabilities is a well-kept secret

New program to help immigrants with disabilities make Aliyah

Joint initiative established to assist Olim with disabilities prior to their Aliyah as well as throughout their integration process.

New program to help immigrants with disabilities make Aliyah

30% rise in disability recognition requests in 2022

Israel marks National Day of Appreciation for Those Wounded in Israel's Wars and in Terrorist Attacks.

30% rise in disability recognition requests in 2022

Major advancement in oral healthcare for those with disabilities

Israel leads groundbreaking medical advancement in oral healthcare of people with disabilities.

Major advancement in oral healthcare for those with disabilities

David Sharif, advocate for the disabled and autistic, dies at 24

David Sharif, an autism awareness advocate and motivational speaker, died suddenly this past weekend at the age of 24.

David Sharif, advocate for the disabled and autistic, dies at 24

ADI's First Annual 'Race for Inclusion' a runaway success

North American gap year students lead the charge, raise $14,000 to empower ADI's residents with severe disabilities.

ADI's First Annual 'Race for Inclusion' a runaway success

Olympic medalist gives girl with disabilities yellow judo belt

9-year-old Alisa, who was born with Prader Willi Syndrome, received judo belt from Israeli Judo Medalist Ori Sasson in Shalva program.

Olympic medalist gives girl with disabilities yellow judo belt

Olympic medalist presents judo belt to girl with disabilities

Young girl with disabilities receives yellow belt judo ranking from Israeli Olympic medalist Ori Sasson.

Olympic medalist presents judo belt to girl with disabilities

Major Israeli TV companies to audition actors with disabilities

KAN, RESHET, HOT & YES sign pledge committing to a more inclusive selection process for all jobs across the film industry, on & off screen.

Major Israeli TV companies to audition actors with disabilities

When will we become an exemplary society?

When we say 'never leave a man behnd' is that only on the battlefield or is it also those for those who require our ongoing help? Op-ed.

When will we become an exemplary society?

Disability advocacy group announces $1 million grant

Disability advocacy group RespectAbility announces CEO change and $1 million grant.

Disability advocacy group announces $1 million grant

'The greatest day': Her sons are soldiers - despite disabilities

Heartwarming: Tammy Isaac-Shiffman, mom of 2 boys with special needs, talks about how she guided them past their disabilities, into the IDF.

'The greatest day': Her sons are soldiers - despite disabilities

Breathtaking performance of 'A Million Dreams' inspires million

Musicians with disabilities perform 'A Million Dreams' for World Health Organization’s (WHO) Regional Committee Conference.

Breathtaking performance of 'A Million Dreams' inspires million

Israel to invest in accessible intercity buses

New government budget allocates 6 million NIS for accessible intercity buses.

Israel to invest in accessible intercity buses

Approval to make Cave of Patriarchs accessible - within 2 weeks

Provision of construction permit has been waiting for Defense Minister's signature, letter from top aide says.

Approval to make Cave of Patriarchs accessible - within 2 weeks

A Dream Fulfilled: Finally A Full-Fledged Soldier!

One proud father recounts his family’s story and how his son, diagnosed with autism, realized his dream of becoming a soldier in the IDF.

A Dream Fulfilled: Finally A Full-Fledged Soldier!

Throwing Israelis with disabilities a lifeline-but what’s next?

Two thirds of the people living with disabilities have lost their jobs in the corona economic fallout. We must find jobs for them. Op-ed.

Throwing Israelis with disabilities a lifeline-but what’s next?

Why is Gantz delaying the approved Hebron accessibility project?

The leftist NGO claiming the project will harm the site asked to see how disabled reach the Tower of London - except they don't. Op-ed.

Why is Gantz delaying the approved Hebron accessibility project?

Newest IDF recruit: 'At age 15, I was sure my life was over'

A dream come true: The amazing story of Daniel Defour, newest IDF recruit: 'Grateful to IDF and Special in Uniform for opening the door.'

Newest IDF recruit: 'At age 15, I was sure my life was over'

Tourism Ministry budgets 2.5 million for Cave of the Patriarchs

Tourism Ministry working to redirect funds for the purpose of making ancient site accessible to all.

Tourism Ministry budgets 2.5 million for Cave of the Patriarchs

Rivlin asks Ministry of Health to allow family visits to hostels

President seeks leniency for family visits to those with physical and mental disabilities living in hostels operated by the state.

Rivlin asks Ministry of Health to allow family visits to hostels

Remembering special needs victims of the Holocaust

Remembering special needs victims of the Holocaust

Israeli news is about to become more accessible - on YouTube

Public Broadcaster KAN partners with Ruderman Family Foundation to make COVID-19 news accessible to people with disabilities.

Israeli news is about to become more accessible - on YouTube

Jewish group brings Hollywood stars to celebrate inclusion

Ruderman Family Foundation presents the Farrelly brothers with award recognizing their work to include those with disabilities in Hollywood.

Jewish group brings Hollywood stars to celebrate inclusion

The spirit prevailed

Despite severe physical limitation, Uri Yitzhak Shachor became one of the prominent scholars in the Nahalat Yosef Yeshiva in Shavei Shomron.

The spirit prevailed

Opinion: The miracle of disability

With Hanukkah approaching Jews are discussing the miracles of the past. But we offen fail to recognize the miracles we experience every day,

Opinion: The miracle of disability

A seat at the table: Disability inclusion at the Passover Seder

A seat at the table: Disability inclusion at the Passover Seder

Fighting for authentic representation in Hollywood

Danny Woodburn sheds a light on the multiple challenges of actors with disabilities in the entertainment industry.

Fighting for authentic representation in Hollywood

Support and friendship for families dealing with special needs

For families of Jews with disabilities, Shabbaton retreats provide respite and support.

Support and friendship for families dealing with special needs

Arab MK: Accessibility isn't important in Hevron

Hanin Zoabi refuses to aid handicapped Israelis, Palestinian Authority Arabs who want to visit the Cave of the Patriarchs.

Arab MK: Accessibility isn't important in Hevron

Fraternity oath: I solemnly swear to hate kikes most of all

Syracuse fraternity suspended over hate-filled oath including anti-Semitism.

Fraternity oath: I solemnly swear to hate kikes most of all

Children with disabilities play football with NFL players

Thirty NFL football players share the field with Shalva's children with disabilities.

Children with disabilities play football with NFL players

MKs meet with JNF to encourage inclusion in Israel

JNF representatives, Knesset members, meet to discuss inclusion of people with disabilities.

MKs meet with JNF to encourage inclusion in Israel

People with disabilities more likely to be arrested

New study suggests those with disabilities - including non-physical issues - face discrimination every day.

People with disabilities more likely to be arrested

'Everyone should feel like they belong'

From ASL interpreters to service dogs, Orthodox shuls are trying to be more inclusive.

'Everyone should feel like they belong'

Musicians with disabilities represent Israel on world tour

Musicians with disabilities join world tour on first-ever trip away from home.

Musicians with disabilities represent Israel on world tour

PM to blind soldier: You deserve to serve

Blind soldier turns to PM Netanyahu with three wishes; Netanyahu grants two of them - and IDF welcomes new Air Force soldier.

PM to blind soldier: You deserve to serve

'Prisoners are not better citizens than hospital patients'

Knesset committee head approves vote to place voting booths in hospitals, nursing homes.

'Prisoners are not better citizens than hospital patients'

Disabled wedding guests aren't second-class citizens

Rabbinical organization to engaged couples: Make accessibility a priority for your wedding.

Disabled wedding guests aren't second-class citizens

Israeli art school helps students with disabilities succeed

Jerusalem art school fosters design talent among students with disabilities.

Israeli art school helps students with disabilities succeed

'Disabled in workplace' bill expected to pass

A bill which would require large government bodies to meet a quota of 5% disabled employees approved for final Knesset vote.

'Disabled in workplace' bill expected to pass

Google gives $700K to Israeli disabilities technology initiative

Major Google grant to Tikkun Olam Makers part of plans to improve lives of 250,000 people suffering from disabilities.

Google gives $700K to Israeli disabilities technology initiative

Heartwarming: Overcoming disabilities to defend the nation

Lotan has struggled with cerebral palsy her whole life - now thanks to a special program, she is realizing her dream as an IDF soldier.

Heartwarming: Overcoming disabilities to defend the nation

Google paying for free special smartphone for disabled Israelis

Special smartphone that is operated with head movements and gestures – now given free of charge to every Israeli who needs it.

Google paying for free special smartphone for disabled Israelis

Former Fashion Photographer Dedicated to Empowering the Disabled

Rick Guidotti, formerly an award-winning former fashion photographer, now works to expose "the beauty in human diversity".

Former Fashion Photographer Dedicated to Empowering the Disabled

'Israel Has Come a Long Way in Treatment of the Disabled'

Beit Issie Shapiro holds International Conference on Disabilities.

'Israel Has Come a Long Way in Treatment of the Disabled'

ALEH Negev Shows No Limit to What the Disabled Can Do

ALEH Negev's rehabilitation hosts Congressional staffers and shows them how Israeli ingenuity can change how we care for its vulnerable.

ALEH Negev Shows No Limit to What the Disabled Can Do

Can Technology Change the Lives of the Disabled?

Physical therapists, innovators, and technologists meet in Tel Aviv to develop problem-solving machines for the handicapped.

Can Technology Change the Lives of the Disabled?

Cabinet Approves Increasing Disabled Persons in Civil Service

The Cabinet approved Sunday PM's initiative to increase employment of disabled persons in civil service. Directives to be issued in 45 days.

Cabinet Approves Increasing Disabled Persons in Civil Service

Special Needs Soldiers Are 'Great in Uniform'

Unique project allowing disabled youth to serve in the IDF and integrate into Israeli society is increasing its scale.

Special Needs Soldiers Are 'Great in Uniform'

Ariel U Eases Access for Students with Disabilities

Ariel University program to ease access for those with handicaps, poor vision, poor hearing, and learning disabilities.

Ariel U Eases Access for Students with Disabilities

A Family’s Medical Challenge Becomes Aliyah Necessity

Most people immigrate to Israel for spiritual, religious or familial reasons, and medical care doesn't usually factor into the equation.

A Family’s Medical Challenge Becomes Aliyah Necessity

Terror Victim’s Purim Message: Despair is Just a Mask

Terror attack survivor Asael Shabo, who lost his mother and three siblings, has a message of hope for Purim.

Terror Victim’s Purim Message: Despair is Just a Mask

‘It’s Possible to be an IDF Soldier – Even With One Arm’

Soldier Eliran Oster serves in the IDF, trains and even plays basketball, all with just one hand.

‘It’s Possible to be an IDF Soldier – Even With One Arm’

Aleh Dedicates New Special Ed School in Jerusalem

The ALEH network for special children last week began the new year by dedicating a new school for its children in Jerusalem.

Aleh Dedicates New Special Ed School in Jerusalem

Innovators in Disability Services Win 2012 Ruderman Prize

The Ruderman Foundation has announced its selection of 10 winners of its 2012 Prize in Disability. Four are Israeli organizations.

Innovators in Disability Services Win 2012 Ruderman Prize