The mission of Beit Issie Shapiro is to partner with people with disabilities, families and allies from different sectors in order to provide state-of-the-art services and changes to social structures so that people are able to live, learn and pursue their desired quality of life in the communities of their choice.
Beit Issie Shapiro is Israel’s leading organisation in the development and provision of high quality, innovative therapies and services for children with disabilities and plays a leading role in promoting the inclusion of people with special needs in society. The organisation has a measurable impact on 30,000 people annually. Through its international affiliations, community education and training programmes, its impact also reaches professionals in the United Kingdom and other countries around the world.
Its projects within the Israeli Arab sector in Israel are developed jointly by Arabic and Hebrew speaking professionals, with the involvement of active parents, they include: The Sindian Center in Kalansua – serving the “Southern Triangle” region – Early Intervention Center; Parents empowerment and disseminating information about rights and benefits; and Home Treatments & Support for High Risk Babies Outreach Program. Beit Issie Shapiro also runs a Changing Attitudes among youth towards people with special needs project and numerous research and training programmes.
21 February 2017
We also visited Beit Issie Shapiro, a charity providing cutting-edge services to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities. Its Sindian Center in the Arab Israeli town of Kalansuwa is the first early intervention center in the Arab sector in Israel.
It is radically changing how disabilities are viewed in the Arab sector.
As we were told by the parents of disabled children, their shared concerns for their children transcends politics and the conflict and regularly brings Arab and Jewish Israeli families together.
8 December 2016
BIS Sindian Center in Kalansua serves 42 children with severe disabilities, and its Family Advancement Center empowers hundreds of parents. The Beit Issie Shapiro (BIS) Sindian Center was founded in 2001 as Israel’s first early-intervention center for the Arab sector, at the behest of the Israeli government.