In the framework of rehabilitative training, the blind and visually impaired are taught techniques that allow them to function independently despite their limited vision.
- The number of training hours for adults is determined by age:
- Between 19 and 64 years old - Up to 65 hours of training
- Above 65 years old - Up to 50 hours of training
- Additional hours may be granted with upon receiving written approval from the Rehabilitation Division's regional supervisor.
- For more information regarding rehabilitative training for the youth and the elderly see:
Who is Eligible?
- Those who have a Certificate of Blindness/Visual Impairment and people whose vision has deteriorated over time and who suffer from difficulties functioning as the result of vision loss.
- Additionally, guidance and training is given to professionals in a variety of frameworks, that work with the visually impaired.
How to Claim It?
- Those interested in claiming this right may do so by contacting the social services office closest to their place of residence and/or by contacting a senior blind placement coordinator.
- For disabled IDF veterans, the request must be performed through the Ministry of Defense's Rehabilitation Division.
- For victims of hostile acts and work accident victims, the request must be performed through the National Insurance Institute's Rehabilitation Division.
- For more information contact the Migal Or Center
Avraham Daninu Street, Kiryat Chaum 26244 Tel: 077-772-1400, Fax: 077-772-1401, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Types of Rehabilitative Training
Rehabilitative Training for Individuals
- The training can be performed in the client's home or their local area, or alternatively, in an educational, vocational, or rehabilitation context, in a geriatric home, dormitory, or anywhere else - according to his/her needs, age, medical condition and functioning.
Group Rehabilitative Training
- There are group training programs that are part of day program frameworks.
- There are also in-patient training programs held at Beit Yael - The Center for the Advancement of the Blind in Tzfat.
- This training is called "Tochnit Tzfat", is a program that lasts 4 consecutive weeks and is designed for those who have recently become blind, for people who became blind over the course of their lives or those whose vision has deteriorated significantly over time.
- The program participants are provided with social support and mutual assistance in peer groups, as well as rehabilitative training services, personal emotional care, group therapy and recreational enrichment activities.
- Other group training sessions, specifically for things such as working in the kitchen or improving computer skills, are provided by MARSHALs.
Areas of Training
Mobility and Orientation
- In the house: orientation in the house, directions, using other senses, self defense, dealing with doors and opening, going up and down stairs.
- Outside of the house: using a cane or a seeing-eye-dog, mobility to their place of work, use of public transportation, getting aid from the public, crossing streets and junctions and the like.
- Recognizing and choosing clothing, getting dressed, personal hygiene, independent use of medications, independent eating.
- Orientation in the kitchen, pouring of hot and cold liquids, learning measurements, use of a sharp knife, lighting gas or electric burners, turning on electronic kitchen appliances, baking, frying, easy and complicated cooking, washing dishes and cleaning the kitchen.
- Organizing and cleaning the house, laundry, ironing, folding, sewing and simple house repairs.
Leisure and Recreation
- Development of skills to help them fill their leisure time such as playing games or doing arts and crafts.
- Training in the event of missiles falling and earthquakes
- The training occurs in the house of the trainee as well as in institutions, establishments and nursing homes.
Laws and Regulations
- Provision 6.6 of the Social Work Regulations: Rehabilitative Training 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, as well as on information provided by Bar Ilan University's legal aid clinic for the elderly and Holocaust survivors.
- Original translation performed by The Shira Pransky Project as part of a grant from The Fellowship Fund.