Committed to inclusion

Camp Shutaf, an informal education program, fills a niche for children with special needs.

By MERAV CEREN
March 21, 2013 11:55
4 minute read.
Shutaf runs camps three times a year

Shutaf. (photo credit: Courtesy)

Beth Steinberg moved to Jerusalem from Brooklyn with her husband and three sons in 2006. She knew she’d have to fight an uphill battle for her youngest, Akiva, who was diagnosed with Down syndrome at birth. Education for children with special needs is also challenging in the United States, but Steinberg did not expect what she described as a completely absent culture of informal education and a dearth of options for after-school enrichment programming.

This lack of services by both the Jerusalem Municipality and private after-school programming drove Steinberg to partner with another local mother to found Shutaf, a Jerusalem-based informal education program for children and teens with special needs.

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