SHALVA, the Association for Mentally and Physically Challenged Children in Israel, is dedicated to supporting the inclusion of children with special needs, empowering their families, and promoting social tolerance. Non-denominational and free of charge, SHALVA provides a unique combination of all-encompassing therapeutic, educational, and recreational care for 500 children with varying disabilities, from infancy to adulthood.
The organization was founded in 1990 by Kalman and Malki Samuels, whose son, Yossi was rendered blind and deaf, among other challenges, following an injury during his infancy. SHALVA empowers families to raise their children with disabilities within the family framework. Our staff partner with parents, professionals, and the broader community to encourage each participant’s potential for accomplishment and enable their integration as valued members of society. SHALVA’s programs are guided by the organization’s academic research committee, ensuring they consistently provide innovative therapies and optimal care.
Over twenty-five years, SHALVA’s programs have received many significant awards and the recognition of government ministries. The organization’s exemplary management systems are certified by the ISO and Midot. SHALVA’s advocacy initiatives, community events, and disability research continue to inspire a more inclusive Israeli society
To learn more about Shalva, visit their official website.