Ministry promotes efforts to integrate special needs

December 11, 2012 05:32

On Tuesday morning, the Welfare and Social Services Ministry published for the first time a report on the proper integration into society of people with special needs.

The report, which was produced by a special committee appointed to examine the issue, focuses on laying out a series of measures to be taken in order to combat the NIMBY (“Not in My Back Yard”) phenomenon, which in this context refers to a growing trend of rejecting people with special needs in communities and neighborhoods across Israel.

The NIMBY phenomenon is particularly characterized by residents of different communities in the country refusing to accept houses for people with disabilities into a neighborhood on the basis of fears, prejudices or, sometimes, economic interests.

“Combating this requires a change in attitudes, public relations and educational activities,” the document said. “The Welfare and Social Services Ministry will take a series of measures to solve the problem and will work for a good integration of people with special needs in society.”

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