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Breaking Through to Integrated Independence


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Breaking Through to Integrated Independence

  1. 1. KIVUNIM: New Directions for Special Needs Youth Breaking Through to Integrated Independence
  2. 2. Summary & Mission KIVUNIM was founded by and for young people who live with serious motor and sensory challenges. Kivunim works to affect change on the individual, family, local community, and societal levels. We work towards an Israel that recognizes people with special needs as strong and capable. We dream of seeing the holistic integration of special needs people, as equals, into Israeli society.
  3. 3. Main Goals To facilitate the successful separation and enduring independence of young people with special needs. To design and influence policy adoption that relies on the knowledge of people with the lived experience that policies seek to address.
  4. 4. Working Assumptions Diff -Ability, NOT Dis ability. People living with special challenges know best what they themselves need. Program participants should not be program participants forever! People with special needs have what to give; they are strong and capable, not weak or needy.
  5. 5. Approaches <ul><li>KIVUNIM programs ALWAYS: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Involve volunteerism and activism by participants. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Combine rehabilitation and informal education. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Are holistic. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Offer leadership development opportunities. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Require participants to practice life skills OUTSIDE of their original homes and comfort zones. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rely on Peer Group Experiences. </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. How
  7. 7. Key Learnings Life skills/independent living practice leads to self-confidence and optimism in program participants. Simultaneous processes – with individuals, families and caregivers, surrounding communities and on the policy level leads to change that is sustainable. The combination of Study, Volunteer/Activist Work, Community Living with Peers and Opportunities for Reflection leads to success on multiple levels.