Trivia pic Knesset.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
The Knesset will receive The Shalem Fund Award of Excellence for integrating
mentally handicapped people among its employees, the organization announced
The Shalem Fund works to develop and expand services for people
with intellectual disabilities in local councils and funds research and
educational programming to encourage mentally disabled artists.
Knesset has been employing workers with intellectual disabilities since 2006.
Fifteen workers have been integrated in the Knesset in jobs that match their
capabilities, with the help of Shekel and Elwyn, organizations that provide
services to people with special needs.
The disabled workers receive
salaries and rights that are equal to those of other Knesset employees. In
addition, they participate in the same activities as other Knesset workers,
including a yearly adult education workshop, International Women’s Day and staff
Shalem Fund director-general Reva Muskal commended the Knesset,
saying it serves as an excellent example that those with mental disabilities can
be integrated in regular workplaces.
She called on government ministries
to learn from the Knesset’s example.
Muskal explained that employment
raises the quality of life for such people, both economically and socially, and
gives them the opportunity to reach their potential.
Next week, at the
Shalem Fund Awards ceremony, a short film produced by the Knesset Channel about
the Knesset’s mentally disabled workers will be screened for the first time.