Those with developmental disabilities need help in learning how to express their own needs and problems in their individual ways. In order to respond to this need, AKIM, in cooperation with the Ministry of Welfare, has developed a self-advocacy program for moderately handicapped adults living in hostels.
Residents who are capable of performing some daily living tasks and possess verbal skills have weekly group meetings with a social worker. The groups’ goals are to help the members gain individual self-confidence, develop faith in their innate abilities, and find that they can manage a good portion of their own lives.
The program provides participants with the skills required to address their own wants and needs while empowering them to feel that their voices and opinions are being heard.
It is hoped that this program will be replicated throughout Israel.