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David Sharif, a ‘bright light’ among advocates for those with disabilities, 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

Young girl with disabilities receives yellow judo belt from Israeli Olympic medalist

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 9-year-old 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

4 of Israel's major TV production companies commit to auditioning 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 in my life': Mother embraces two IDF soldier sons with 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 millionplayer

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 expected 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!player

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 Benny 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 woke up blind, and 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'player

Tourism Ministry budgets 2.5 million to make Cave of the Patriarchs accessible

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

Israeli news is about to become more accessible for those with disabilities

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 together Hollywood stars to celebrate disability 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 prevailedplayer

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

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 playersplayer

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 serveplayer

'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 Israel disability 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

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 nationplayer

Google paying for free smartphone for disabled

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 Israelisplayer

Fashion Photographer 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 Disabledplayer

'Israel Has Come a Long Way in Treating Disabled'

Beit Issie Shapiro holds International Conference on Disabilities.

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