Accessible courses for students with and without disabilities are to open in
seven higher education institutions across the country as the academic year
begins on Sunday.
The program, which was initiated by the JDC-Israel and
called the “Friending” program, is to include students in the fields of
education, social work and occupational therapy, who would study alongside
adults with developmental and mental disabilities, learning disabilities and
complex sensory and physical limitation.
The courses, which deal with
issues of social entrepreneurship, animal care and communicative therapy among
others, aim to enable neutral meetings between future educators and caregivers
of people with disabilities and people with disabilities.
the JDC-Israel, the initiative will help students change attitudes towards the
disabled and empower those with disabilities by exposing them to the academic
Some 30 students, half of whom are disabled, are expected