Senior Research Scholar and Disabilities Team Leader (Family Group)
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Senior research scholar and Disabilities Team leader, Family Group, the Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute (MJB), Israel’s leading center for applied social research.
Dr. Lital Barlev has worked at MJB since 2003. Her primary research areas are: children with disabilities, housing for people with disabilities, and their participation in society. She specializes in the collection and analysis of data on Israelis with disabilities and the implications for social policy.
Lital holds a BA in behavioral sciences and an MA in organizational psychology, both from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and a PhD in social work at the University of Haifa.
She can be contacted at LitalB@jdc.org or by telephone at 972-2-655-7431.
Rehabilitation and Mobility Devices: Unexercised Eligibility
The goals of this study were: to characterize the non-exercising population; to examine the reasons for unexercised eligibility for rehabilitation and mobility devices; and to evaluate the eligibility approval process for rehabilitation and mobility devices.
People With Disabilities in the Digital Era: Selected Statistical Data 2021
The goal of this study is to provide policy makers, professionals, researchers, activists, the media, and the public at large with information on the digital literacy of people with disabilities in Israel and their use of digital technologies, compared with people without disabilities.
People With Disabilities in Israel: Selected Statistical Data 2021
The goal of this presentation is to present an up-to-date picture of people with disabilities in Israel: the rate of disability; the severity of disability among various age groups; and the status of people with disabilities compared with that of people without disabilities in various spheres of life, e.g., education, employment, economic status, personal resilience, and community resilience. The presentation also presents up-to-date selected statistical data on people with disabilities classified by population segment and gender.
Children with Disabilities in the Bedouin Population in the Negev
The objectives of the research were to map available services for children with disabilities and their family members in the Bedouin population in the Negev, in the education, health and welfare areas and to identify barriers to service take-up and unmet needs in these areas, in routine times as well as during COVID-19.
Children with Disabilities in Israel: A National Study
The objective of the research was to estimate the proportion of children with disabilities in Israel, based on a national representative sample, and provide updated information about their disability types and their sociodemographic characteristics, such as gender, age and population group.
Legislation for the Provision of Social Services for People with Disabilities: An International Review
The goal of this review is to inform the Disabilities Administration about legislation models governing the provision of social services to people with disabilities in various countries around the world, which may be applied to the various target populations served by the Disabilities Administration, and which include the diverse social services provided by the Disabilities Administration: housing services, personal assistance services, recreational services, health care support services, and more.
Creating a Future: School-to-Work Transition Program for Students with Disabilities – Evaluation Study
The study addressed the implementation of the program, examined its operation, and evaluated its impact in the short and long terms. The goal of the study was to evaluate the program and assist with its continued development.
Provision of Assistive Technology Devices to Promote Independence among People with Disabilities: International Review
The goal of the review is to learn of provision systems around the world in the field of access and provision of assistive technology for people with disabilities, and of the components of the provision process in order to help the Smart Homes Program formulate procedures for optimal implementation.
Brookdale Child Disability Screening Questionnaire – Development of a Tool to Identify Children with Disabilities Based on a Review of Research Tools in Israel and around the World
The Brookdale Child Disability Screening Questionnaire is a unique, innovative and comprehensive tool, developed on the basis of a survey of the many tools in use in the area of children with disabilities. Moreover, it contains questions relating to a broad range of disabilities and health problems, yet it is easy to understand and to use.
Children with ADHD – Identification and Diagnosis Follow-Up Study
This report summarizes a two-stage study on children with ADHD, which examined a variety of topics, including predictors of the disorder, the benefits of early detection, the accessibility and availability of diagnostic services, and treatment.
Participation in Society of Persons with Disabilities: An International Review of Measurement Tools to Identify Persons with Disabilities
This report presents an international review of the main tools used to define and measure disability around the world in order to formulate a reliable measurement tool to identify people with disabilities in Israel.
Facts and Figures – People with Disabilities in Israel 2018
Over the past ten years, there have been considerable advances in service development, legislation, and attitudes towards people with disabilities. This report, prepared by MJB and JDC Israel Unlimited, presents an up-to-date statistical overview of Israelis with disabilities, their needs, and the state of the service system.
Children and Youth
Children and Youth with Disabilities who are Subjected to Abuse and Neglect: Estimated Prevalence in Israel
Are children with disabilities more likely to experience abuse and neglect? Presentation by Dori Rivkin, Disabilities Team Leader, at Haruv Virtual Summer Series, July 24, 2020 from mjbinstitute Research conducted around the world demonstrates that children and youth with disabilities are more likely to suffer abuse and neglect than those without disabilities. In 2012, […]
Path to Independence Mentoring Program for Young Adults with Disabilities: Evaluation Study
In Israel, as in other countries, there is growing recognition of the need for specialized services for young adults with disabilities to prepare them for the transition to independent adult life and help them overcome the challenges of employment, studies, independent housing and, social relationships. The Path to Independence mentoring program is an innovative, one-on-one […]
Certification of Caregivers of People with Intellectual Development Disabilities in Residential Care: Evaluation Study
The certification course for caregiversis is provided by the MOSAS Central School for Social Workers and is intended to improve the quality of care of the residents by raising the caregivers' professional level. It is also intended to empower them, increase their motivation, reduce burnout and stress, reduce the turnover of caregivers, increase the caregivers' commitment to the organization, and increase the prestige of the profession of caregiving. The study examined whether the certification process was achieving these goals
People with Disabilities in Israel: Facts & Figures
The State of Israel provides services to adults and children with disabilities. In recent years, various developments have promoted the integration of people with disabilities into all walks of life. Nevertheless, much remains to be done to improve their integration and help them realize their full potential. This booklet was prepared by the Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute and Israel Unlimited. It presents up-to-date information as of 2014. We hope that the information will help furnish a picture of the situation, focus attention on the remaining challenges, and promote the efforts to address them.
Ornoy, A., Rivkin, D., & Barlev, L. (2018). Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): Accessibility and availability of services in Israel. Harefuah, 157(4), 219-224.
Ornoy, A., Ovadia, M., Rivkin, D., Milshtein, E., & Barlev, L. (2016). Prevalence of ADHD among 7-9-year-old children in Israel. A comparison between Jewish and Arab populations. Israel Journal of Psychiatry and Related Sciences, 53(2), 3-9.
Tzelgov, J., Yehene, V., Kotler, L., & Alon, A. (2000). Automatic comparisons of artificial digits never compared: learning linear ordering relations. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 26(1), 103-120.
Barlev, L. (2022). Housing for People with Intellectual Developmental Disabilities. In Al-Yagon, M., & Margalit, M. (Eds.) Intellectual Developmental Disorders: Theory, research and implications (263-288). Keren Shalem. (Hebrew)