Research Associate, Disabilities Team (Family Group)
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Research associate, Disabilities Team, Family Group, the Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute (MJB), Israel’s leading center for applied social research.
Mariela Yabo has worked at MJB since 2016. Her primary research areas are: the inclusion of young people with disabilities in the community, assistive technology and mobility equipment, and supported decision making. In addition, she is specializing in Disability Studies and accessibility for people with disabilities. She also coordinates a learning community on Disability Studies in Israel’s Association of Sociology.
Mariela holds a BA in Economics and Sociology, and an MA in Sociology, both from Tel Aviv University. She is currently working towards her PhD in Urban Planning in the Department of Geography and Environmental Development at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Furthermore, she is a service accessibility professional certified by the Ministry of the Economy.
She can be contacted at email@example.com or by telephone at 972-2-655-7431.
Community-Based Social Services for People With Disabilities: An International Review
The goal of this review is to inform the Disabilities Administration about the community-based social services available in various countries for people with disabilities aged 18 and over in six areas: (1) personal assistance and support; (2) promotion of independence in activities of daily living (ADL) and in instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs); (3) leisure activities; (4) assistive technology; (5) sexuality, couple relations, and parenting; (6) services for informal caregivers. The review presents information conducive to decision-making on the development and improvement of community-based social services for people with disabilities in Israel.
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.
Development of Digital Literacy among People with Disabilities – Learning process: Mapping of Knowledge
The goal of the learning process was to map the existing knowledge in two areas: 1. The factors that promote the acquisition and preservation of digital literacy among people with disabilities. 2. Training and learning methods used in Israel and abroad that have been effective in developing digital literacy among people with disabilities.
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.
Integrative Community Mental Health Services for Children, Youth, and Young Adults: An International Review
The goal of this report was to review integrative community services for children, youth, and young adults with mental health difficulties in selected countries, including operational model, best practices, and outcome indicators, and to provide decision makers with a comprehensive and up-to-date overview.
Supported Decision-Making: Applied Aspects, Supervision, and Defining Optimal Support – International Review
The goals of this review were to survey how SDM is applied in the countries surveyed and in selected pilot programs around the world; to examine the various mechanisms of safeguards and supervision or inspection of SDM arrangements; To define optimal support for decision-making.
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.
The Provision of Assistive Devices in Selected Countries
As part of the study that examine the systems of funding and provision of assistive devices in Israel, we reviewed these systems in selected, developed countries in order to learn how they address populations with similar needs and to highlight prominent supply patterns as a basis for comparison with the Israeli system.
Program to Include Young People with Disabilities in Centers for Young Adults
Initiated by Israel Unlimited, the study addresses the implementation of the inclusion program for young people with disabilities in the first three Centers where it operated: Acre, Sderot and Netanya. Citing suggestion: Yabo, M., & Rivkin, D. (2018). Integrating Bedouin into Higher Education – An Evaluation of the Gateway to Academia Pilot at Sapir College. RR-779-18. […]
Dorfman, D., & Yabo, M. (2020). The professionalization of urban accessibility. Fordham Urban Law Journal, 47(5), 1213-1256.