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In English - Unit of Community Services for People with Special Needs
The Unit of Community Services for People with Special Needs
The Kfar Saba Municipality's vision is to sustain an inclusive urban feature, providing service to people with special needs, by the continuous development of services and support for optimal development and personal advancement. This is to enable the individual and his family to enjoy a quality lifestyle while constantly striving for maximum integration and meaningful community life. These special families continue to receive support from city welfare even after the children turn 21.
The way we go about this is by recognizing the individual and his family, providing constant activities suitable to their needs, while showing maximum sensitivity, love and respect for their the unique world. Our guiding principle is to listen to people and their parents, while cooperating, and providing mutual assistance and appreciation of all partners in the educational enterprise. This unit offers an array of new services for the management and expansion of community solutions for people with special needs and their families from the age of 0 to 120.
Our belief in the uniqueness of man and his inherent goodness, dictates our guidelines every day and every hour. We do all our power to promote the professional development (emotional, ethical and academic) of the education and treatment staff, in order to produce more creative and comprehensive solutions.
We believe that by exposing the child / teenager / adult to different worlds, such as sports, music, art and leadership groups, side by side with social and academic support for individuals or groups with peers, we facilitate equality, and genuine, respectful dialogue. This inclusion takes place in a wide range of facilities and activities including non-formal education and leisure, which are available in the city of Kfar Saba. We also provide professional guidance and advice, customized to fit unique needs. For example, our relevant frameworks include:
Unit Coordinator: Social Worker Orly Davidi
The Kfar Saba Municipality's Department of Community Resources and Volunteering, together with the Community Services for Special Needs Families, in collaboration with the "Kesher" Organization will run a local leadership course. The course, which is designed for parents of children with a variety of disabilities who want to be partners in leading change and creating solutions for their children and families. The course was born from many discussions between community services and parents with special needs children, and due to the fact that in Kfar Saba there are many active parents who work their children individually. As a result, we discussed several ideas and held support groups in order to create a sense of belonging and unity. Our course motto is "togetherness". We will work together to create a city more accessible and responsive to children and people with special needs.
Our course is run in cooperation with 'Kesher', a non-profit organization for parents of children with special needs. Kesher has successfully run similar programs in several cities.
Our course will be held once a week for parents of children with a variety of disabilities and special needs, with a Kesher group facilitator. Facilitator Natasha Aobolski, an organizational advisor and group facilitator of parents in leadership courses in a number of cities will be accompanied by social worker Orly David, director of the community services to special families.
The 12-session course is funded by the Municipality of Kfar Saba and will be held in Beit Riesel on Wednesdays starting June 22nd from 20:00-22:00. The course demands parental commitment, and we commit to providing a professional platform and a listening ear.
Throughout the year we provide many story hours for children with special needs.
This unique program in the city of Kfar Saba brings together different populations, and allows conversation between children with and without special needs in a safe and warm environment. The program creates a society based on the values of equality, recognition, social engagement, empowerment and mutual connections.
Our aim is twofold: first the connection, familiarity and strong relationships created within the group and second is the empowerment of group members. Team members acquire new knowledge and skills. In addition to the enjoyment, they experience success, a sense of competence and capability.
Unit Coordinator: Adi Sela Hayek
The Kfar Saba Municipality together with the pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk, a leader in the field of diabetes, combined to create a unique program for people with special needs to cycle in the city park.
The project also mobilized economic entities and community organizations. Lions, for example, donated two bicycles; Blue Square donated a bicycle; SanDisk donated two bicycles and of course thanks are due to the generous donation of Novorisk, headquartered in Kfar Saba. Also instrumental in helping the project was Eyal Hershtick from "Bicycles for all" that introduced Novorisk to the city infrastructure and Moses Gromb, founder and chairman of the "Leap to a new Road", who is a partner for the success of the project.
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