According to The Equal Rights for People with Disabilities Law, students with hearing impairment who are enrolled in a regular education framework or in a special education framework are entitled to have the classroom be made acoustically accessible.
- The Ministry of Education approves funding of up to 30,000 NIS (5% of which is for consultants) in order to make the preschool or classroom accessible. It is the local authority's obligation to perform the relevant modifications.
- Possible classroom modifications include:
- Acoustic ceiling system and lighting
- Replacing of the air conditioning unit to a quieter model
- Classroom amplification system (group or individual)
- Double-glazed windows/interior window sealing
- Door with sealing strips
- Sound absorbing wall coating
- Soft flooring/rubber for under the furniture
- Double glazed windows/external window sealing
- Blinking school bell
Who is Eligible?
- A student (at gan or elementary school) who has hearing difficulties who has gone through an integration committee or a placement committee
How to Claim It?
- Once the local authority has been informed that there is a student with hearing impairment, it must order an acoustic consultant and communications clinician from an approved treatment center/service provider to provide the relevant service(s) for the student.
- The consultant and clinician will also meet with a representative from the local authority at the relevant educational framework along with its director/principal in order to determine the classroom to be made accessible and which modifications are required.
- According to reports from the acoustic consultant and the clinician, as well as the projected modification costs, the suggested modifications will be prioritized by the clinician.
- The local authority will submit a request form signed by the clinician for approval of performance of the modifications to the Ministry of Education's Building and Budget Division.
- It is recommended to choose a classroom in a quiet part of the school building.
- Not every school environment requires implementation of all modifications (i.e. a window facing a quiet courtyard may not require special sealing). Performance of the modifications is suited to the specific needs of each child and location.
- Only the speech clinician is permitted to recommend installation of an amplification system after receiving a relevant update regarding the student's functioning from the relevant treatment center/service provider.
- The child may be registered early in order to make sure that the necessary modifications may be performed in time.
- Children who are deaf and hard of hearing that are integrated into the regular education system are entitled to modifications on the Meitzav exams. For additional information see Modifications for Children with Special Needs on the Meitzav Exams.
- Click here for a list of organizations providing assistance to the deaf and hearing impaired.
- The Ministry of Education
- The local authorities
Laws and Regulations
- The Equal Rights for People with Disabilities Law
- Procedures to ensure accessibility from the website dealing with the oversight on the education of children with deafness and hearing impairment
- The Ministry of Education: Making the educational environment accessible for students with hearing impairment - 5771
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