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Special Education

Special education comprises inclusive educational, psychological and sociological approaches to children diagnosed as impaired mentally, emotionally and/or physically. The educational dimension of special education is inter-disciplinary, in which the following take part: the educator, the psychologist, the social worker, the nurse, the paramedic, the doctor, the parents and the child. The Ofri Center’s programs deal with topics including: rehabilitation of the child restricted in his capabilities; self-advocacy – preparing the child for a social and professional life as normal as possible; new trends and models in the field of special education; methods and tools of computerized education for children with special needs.

Among the main issues in the training course are:

 - Presenting the policies established by the Division of Special Education in the State of Israel.

 - Showing new angles on the concepts “Special Education" and “Person with Special Needs” (in contrast with “disabled person”).

 - Presenting the different sub-divisions in the special education, such as education for visually impaired, hearing impaired, autistics, mental impaired, etc.

 - Presenting the policies regarding to early detection and placement of the people with special needs in the proper institution for him/her, within the frame of the Division of Special Education.

 - Learning to design a curriculum based on good practices from the perspective of development.

 - Presenting methods and activities which empower the student with special needs to speak out for himself.

 - Practicing to motivate and empower teachers to improve teaching skills:

    - Self confidence, self-learning and self-assessment

    - Teaching skills and tools to implement the curriculum

 - Establishing contacts with other teachers and educators to increase awareness and expand the ideas and opinions.

 - Analyzing  the role and place of educational personnel in national awareness of the subject and against discrimination.

 - Knowing new frameworks and methods for using the Internet as a database of information and also as an interface for working with the students with special needs.

 - Allowing creative thinking to be part of the day to day work- as an attitude and as a tool of work.