Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a general name for a group of disorders caused to a fetus during pregnancy, baby during birth or during the first few years of life. The disorder is caused by brain damage or poor development of the regions of the brain that control motor function. This can result in damage to the limb muscles and can be accompanied by sensory, communicative, epileptic, or cognitive disorders. Cerebral palsy is considered to be the main cause of disability in children.
Medications and the Healthcare System
- CP is considered to be a Somatic Developmental Disorder and therefore children with the disorder are entitled to receive paramedical diagnoses and treatments until age 18.
- Those who take regular medications and are considered to be chronically ill are eligible for a Medication Payment Ceiling for the Chronically Ill.
- Certain populations are exempt from paying for specific kupat cholim services. For more information see:
- The Ministry of Health contributes to the funding of rehabilitation and mobility devices as part of The Healthcare Basket. For additional information see:
Disability and Benefits
- Children with CP are entitled to a Disabled Child Benefit and Related Benefits. For more information of the process of establishing disability see Disabled Child Benefit for Children with Cerebral Palsy (CP).
- The Mobility Benefit includes an allowance, loans to purchase a car a additional benefits for those with limited mobility. The right to a Child Mobility Benefit begins at age 3.
- Adults whose earning ability is reduced by a least 50% are eligible for a general disability benefit. For more information see Disability Pension and Related Benefits.
- General Disability Pension recipients who have an established medical disability of at least 60%, or those ineligible for the pension but who have an established medical disability of at least 75% who need a lot of assistance in performing daily activities may be eligible for a special services benefit. For more information see Special Services Benefit (Attendance Allowance) and Related Benefits.
- A person that has reached retirement age, lives in the community and needs assistance performing daily activities may be eligible for a Long-Term Care Benefit that is given through services and in certain situations with money in order to hire a caregiver.
- Students with CP are entitled to chaperoned transportation to school.
- Students learning in an integrated program in the regular educational framework can receive a support aide.
- Parents of a child that has paralysis in one of his limbs are entitled to 2 income tax credit points.
- Employees that have an established medical disability of 89% or higher may receive an income tax exemption. For more information see Income Tax Exemption for People with Medical Disability.
- Additional discounts given to those recognized as having disabilities:
- The Ministry of Construction and Housing and provides Assistance Performing Housing Modifications for People with Limited Mobility.
- Homeless people who are wheelchair bound may be eligible for Property Procurement Apartments for the Disabled.
- Disability pension recipients who have a reduced capacity to earn income of at least 75% may be eligible for rental assistance.
- Someone who has not reached retirement age for whom a medical committee has established a permanent medical disability of at least 20% may be eligible for vocational rehabilitation.
- Someone who has an established medical disability of at least 40% may be able to receive services in the community through the Supportive Communities for People with Disabilities program.
- The Association for those Handicapped by CP
- Ilan Israel
- Alyn Hospital's Maayan Program for rehabilitative equipment
- Tsad Kadima Education and rehabilitation of children and adults with cerebral palsy
- Rights for Children with Cerebral Palsy (CP) on the Ministry of Health's Kol Habriut website
- Cerebral palsy on wikipedia
- Cerebral Palsy on the Ilan website
- English translation and maintenance by The Shira Pransky Project.