This week, I would like to tell you about a very special Israeli institute, which is all about kindness and good. Beit Issie Shapiro (Issie Shapiro House) is an Israeli non-profit organization, known worldwide for its therapy innovations to make life easier and more inclusive for people with disabilities. It was established by (and named after) Issie Shapiro, a Zionist who immigrated to Israel in 1977 with a dream of equal opportunities for all people.
Its main purpose is to provide cutting-edge services to improve quality of life for people with disabilities, and to effect social change by breaking down the barriers preventing people with disabilities from full societal integration, assuring them the rights and opportunities for maximum growth and development. They do so by working in communities in Israel and also worldwide.
Beit Issie Shapiro changes the lives of 30,000 children and adults every year through developing and providing direct educational and therapeutic services, changing attitudes in the community and influencing policy, developing and disseminating knowledge through research and training, and more. On July 2012, it was awarded Special Consultative Status to the UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC.) A year later, it was chosen to advise the UN on the inclusion of people with disabilities.
You can visit Beit Issie Shapiro’s website here.