“Their pain is our pain; their triumph is our triumph.” Helping children with special needs is one of the most challenging, but ultimately, one of the most rewarding pedagogical pursuits.
The Dov Levy Prize has been established to honor the individual whose accomplishments and activities on behalf of children with disabilities best exemplify the values of the late Dov Levy, founder of the Seeach Sod Special Education Network in Israel.
By voting for their favorite candidate for the Dov Levy Prize, Jerusalem Post readers can honor the individual who is making a difference in the lives of the disabled, and enter a drawing to win a free round-trip ticket to Israel on El Al.
Eight nominees have been selected from around the world to compete for the prestigious award. These nominees have distinguished themselves by their activities on behalf of children with disabilities and are helping to not only create a better future for the children but are changing the way that society views people with disabilities. They have all found that children with disabilities have vast potential that can be cultivated with care and love. In the words of one nominee, “We discovered that a special child can soar beyond challenges and beyond expectations with the help of a loving hand.”
Among the nominees are individuals who have fought for special education funding in their communities. Another nominee, born with cerebral palsy, is one of America’s leading Jewish inclusion experts. Others have provided social opportunities for people with disabilities, while still others have achieved prominence by providing a haven for women with disabilities. The youngest nominees are a group of senior high school students who participated in a special inclusive program designed to foster friendships with disabled students
Since 1971, the Seeach Sod Special Education Network in Israel has been providing educational, vocational, and living facilities in Israel for individuals with disabilities, from infancy through old age. Seeach Sod has developed innovative solutions to bring out the full potential of individuals with special needs and enhance their quality of life. Through the organization, awareness and even acceptance of people with developmental disabilities has been achieved.
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This article was written in cooperation with Seeach Sod.