The Services for the Blind arranges support services to assist the blind and visually impaired job placement.
- The services provides assistance taking into account the special needs of the blind population during their job search and integration into the workplace.
Who is Eligible?
- Those of working age who hold a Certificate of Blindness/Visual Impairment and have undergone vocational assessment or training and have been found to be suitable for integration into the work force.
- Those who become blind and continue to work do not need to have a professional diagnosis.
How to Claim It?
- Blind/visually impaired individuals looking for work may contact the social services office closest to their place of residence.
- The social worker assigned to the case will refer the applicant to a senior blind placement coordinator.
- During the process, the applicant will undergo vocational assessment in order to examine suitability for work.
- If the applicant is found to be suitable, the placement coordinator will search for a position that fits the applicant’s desires and abilities, and the applicant will participate in the search process.
- After finding a place of employment, it will be determined if the individual requires assistive equipment. If so, the coordinator is responsible for obtaining whatever equipment is necessary. If required, the coordinator will even accompany the blind/visually impaired individual as he/she gets adjusted to the new workplace.
- The new employee will stay in contact with his/her local social worker in order to help deal with personal or family issues that may arrise from adjustment in a new workplace.
- Someone who underwent vocational assessment and was found not to be suitable for placement is entitled to appeal this decision before an expanded committee composed of representatives from the Blind Services Department and the Center for the Blind in Israel management.
Laws and Regulations
- Provision 6.18 of the Social Work Regulations: Work Placement Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired
- Original information regarding the blind and visually impaired was primarily based on the Guide to Rights and Services for the Blind in Israel from the Blind Services Department (Rehabilitation Branch, Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services), and was uploaded to the site with the assistance of Blind Services Department grant recipients.
- Original translation performed by The Shira Pransky Project as part of a grant from The Fellowship Fund.