The goals of the Institute are to improve the quality of life of deaf and hard-of-hearing people in education, both as receivers and as providers and to enable deaf and hard-of-hearing Israelis to live independent and productive lives with full access to the types of services and opportunities already available to the hearing population. In order to meet these goals the Institute initiates, develops and runs a wide range of projects.
The Institute for the Advancement of Deaf Persons in Israel was established in 1993 by a group of professionals in the field and others for whom this subject is very dear. Their goal was to work in the areas that are not being served and to progress and improve the existing field. Today the Institute provides professional, educational and rehabilitation services to deaf and hard of hearing children, youth and adults in Israel (of which there are approximately 10,0000 deaf people alone).
Our Activities and Current Programs include:
Deaf Mentor Program: A group role model program for deaf children.
Support Services for deaf and hard-of-hearing students in institutions of higher education.
The Road to Economic Independence: Enabling Deaf and Hard of hearing Individuals to Join the Work Force
The Sela Center for Support Services: We are the official national provider of the government granted sign Language interpreting, computer assisted note-taking and the provision of equipment to which deaf and hard of hearing Israelis are entitled.
Deaf Children At Risk: A program to identify and work with deaf children who are potentially in situations at risk of abuse.
A Pioneering Storytelling Group of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing people
The Sela Information Center that specifically addresses the needs of deaf and hard-of-hearing youth and adults.
Deaf Jewish Heritage: Seminars to focus on modern Jewish history and fostering a Jewish Deaf identity with learning about Jewish Heritage.