Vocational rehabilitation services for the blind and visually impaired are provided by the National Insurance Institute in conjunction with the Blind Services Department.
- The services provided as part of the rehabilitation framework include:
- Vocational assessment for building a vocational rehabilitation plan - reviewing personal information, abilities, skills, tendencies, general functioning and visual functioning
- Building a rehabilitation plan in a vocational center
- Academic preparatory program for the blind and visually impaired
- Psychometric examination preparatory course
- Assistance for blind and visually impaired students
- Lend-to-buy of equipment and computer devices for employees through the National Insurance Institute
- Job placement assistance through Blind Services Department placement coordinators
- Sheltered employment for the blind and visually impaired
Who is Eligible?
- People who are blind or visually impaired above the age of 18 for whom medical disability has been established to be at least 20%.
How to Claim It?
- Those who are interested should contact the social services office in their place of residence or directly contact a senior blind placement coordinator who will coordinate between the applicant and the National Insurance Institute.
- The blind placement coordinator will fill out a report detailing the vocational rehabilitation plan and the applicant's background, and will send it to a rehabilitation clerk at the National Insurance Institute.
- Applicants may also contact the Rehabilitation Department in their nearest National Insurance Institute branch directly and submit a vocational rehabilitation claim. For more information, see: Vocational Rehabilitation and Educational Assistance for People with Disability.
- The rehabilitation clerk will make a decision regarding the request for eligibility for rehabilitation and costs, and the decision will be sent to the Blind Services Department's regional placement coordinator or directly to the applicant, depending in the applicant's request.
- The Blind Services Department (Rehabilitation Branch, Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services)
- The National Insurance Institute
- The "kol habriut" website from the Ministry of Health
- Original information 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 on ALEH's The Guide for Post-Secondary and University Education 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.