JDC-Israel-Division of Disabilities and Rehabilitation: Masi...

JDC-Israel-Division of Disabilities and Rehabilitation: Masira

Over 200,000 Arab-Israeli adults (of employment age) live with disabilities. The percentage of employment-age adults living with disabilities (14%) is significantly higher amongst Israel’s Arab population than in the population at large (5%). Although the numbers are almost three times as high, the resources available to help this population are far fewer. Thus, in 2006, JDC-Israel's Disabilities Unit , with the support of Yad Hanadiv Rothschild Foundation , established the Masira (“Journey”) Program for the Advancement of the Status of People with Disabilities in Arab Society in Israel. Since its establishment, Masira has made great inroads both in developing services for people with disabilities and by people with disabilities in the Arab community in Israel and in raising awareness of the issue.

The first and foremost achievement of Masira is the establishment of its eight flagship programs: Leadership Training for Women with Disabilities; Workshops on Assistive Devices and Accessibility; Model of Success Leadership and Empowerment Program for the Hearing Impaired; Promoting Academic Education for Blind People; Training for Community and Religious Leaders; Regional Support Center for the Mentally Ill located in Tira; Programs for the Bedouin Community; and Regional Center for Independent Living located  in Sachnin.

In addition, the Masira program includes the creation of The Masira Foundation whose main aim is to cultivate connections with Arab philanthropists in order to secure future funding for Masira programs while at the same time helping to change attitudes toward the disabled in the Arab community.


Joint Distribution Committee - ISRAEL (JDC-Israel)
JDC Israel is the Israeli arm of the Global JDC. JDC Israel deals with the advancement of quality of life, equality of opportunities, and reduction of gaps in Israeli society. The organization works among populations regardless of religious, national or political identity. JDC Israel is the focus of the work of the world Joint organization, which has been operating for 100 years on behalf of Jews in another 70 countries throughout the world. JDC Israel is the biggest services provider in the Ara ...
JDC-Israel-Division of Disabilities and Rehabilitation: Masira

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