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 and 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 communications 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.
- 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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