The inclusion of people with disabilities is a high priority in Israel. National initiatives and reforms are currently striving to meet the health care, social, and economic needs of people of all ages with disabilities, and their families, both in regular times and during the COVID-19 pandemic.
MJB’s Research Team on Disabilities is playing a leading role in assisting these efforts to promote inclusion and integration of people with disabilities into Israeli society.
The objective of this study was to conduct a comprehensive review of community based personal assistance services for people with disabilities in Israel and in select countries around the world. The study aimed to address the following topics: characterizing the types of personal assistants and their responsibilities in the areas of life they address; operational models, training and professional mentoring; and supervision and quality assurance mechanisms.
This study had three goals: To learn about patterns of service utilization among children with disabilities and their families in the areas of education, healthcare, and leisure; To identify the barriers that impede the utilization of these services and exercising of rights, and to identify unmet needs of children with disabilities and their families; To understand the relationship between family characteristics and resources and service utilization among children with disabilities and their families.
The Objectives of this study were: 1. Characterize the population of primary informal caregivers – those whose care is intensive and ongoing and are the main target audience for developing services, as opposed to secondary informal caregivers. 2. Examine the unique characteristics of primary informal caregivers who care for people with disabilities, as opposed to those who care for older adults. 3. Understand the relationship between caring for a person who needs care due to illness or disability and the primary informal caregiver’s situation in a variety of life areas, including education, employment, financial status, emotional states, support networks, etc. This, by presenting a life area status report for main informal caregivers caring for people with disabilities, as opposed to those caring for older adults and those not providing care to another person.
The goals of the mapping were: 1. To map the continuum of mental health services for children and youth who experience emotional and mental health difficulties, including community-based services, services provided in closed psychiatric wards, and post-hospitalization services funded or supervised by the state 2. To identify community-based mental health services that need to be developed or expanded 3. To identify policy issues arising from the mapping of services 4. To explore the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on these services