About Us

In 1982, a group of parents made a decision that would ultimately revolutionize life for Israel’s disability community: They would do everything possible to give their severely disabled children the best available care and the opportunity to grow and develop to their fullest capabilities. With great determination, they rented an apartment, hired a special education teacher and solicited a group of dedicated volunteers to assist them in fulfilling their goal.  From these humble beginnings, ALEH was formed.

This unique approach and steadfast commitment has since changed the face of rehabilitative care in Israel. Today, over 700 children with intellectual and developmental disabilities and physical handicaps receive state-of-the-art medical, educational and rehabilitative care in ALEH’s four facilities.  In addition, ALEH provides thousands of outpatient treatments annually.  Without ALEH, many of these children would be forced to spend their lives in hospitals, with no opportunities for rehabilitation, education, and the love and warmth of a home.

Thanks to ALEH, these children are able to live in much the same way as nondisabled children. They attend school, participate in vocational programs, and enjoy activities such as swimming at the beach or touring Israel’s beautiful sites.  In its efforts to change common attitudes and create a more caring and inclusive society in Israel, ALEH has developed numerous Tikkun Olam programs involving families, schoolchildren, university students, the IDF, and hundreds of volunteers both in Israel and abroad.

Our Mission

ALEH believes that all individuals, regardless of the severity of their physical or cognitive disabilities, have the right to benefit from the best available care in order to reach their full potential.

ALEH is dedicated to offering them a comprehensive solution – including residential, medical, rehabilitative, educational and social services – in a dignified, warm and loving atmosphere that recognizes them as individuals with abilities, feelings and needs shared by all human beings.

 

A Day at ALEH

Wakeup

Wakeup

Shira wakes up to the smiling face of her caregiver, Naama, who showers her, puts on her body brace and splints, and helps her choose her clothes.

Breakfast

Breakfast

Seated in her specialized chair, Shira enjoys her breakfast of scrambled eggs and cereal as Naama helps her grasp a spoon.

School

School

Shira maneuvers her specially-adapted wheelchair into her classroom, where she greets her six friends, their teacher and assistant. Today, they enjoy petting Bobbie during pet therapy. This is followed by a computer rehab session and a variety of cognitive-development games.

Snack

Snack

Shira and her friends participate in a group snack time program, with a communication therapist leading the children in alternative communication devices to express their choices. Today, Danny chooses applesauce and chocolate milk.

Private Therapy

Private Therapy

Shira’s physical therapist helps her develop better muscle control and stamina. Shira relaxes in a calming, soundproof room full of lights, colors, aromas, vibrations and music.

Lunch

Lunch

The speech therapist joins the nutritionist to observe Shira’s improved ability to eat by herself, then plan the next steps in encouraging a higher level of independence.

Rest Time

Rest Time

Shira and her friends close their eyes for a well-deserved rest. Naama finishes her shift and Tali takes her place.

Social Activity

Social Activity

Shira and her friends enjoy a short outing to the nearby playground with a group of volunteers.

Afternoon Fun

Afternoon Fun

Michael, a professional medical clown, blows up balloons and draws huge smiles from Shira and her friends. With Tali’s help, the group finger-paints – one of their favorite activities.

Dinner

Dinner

Tali follows the new set of instructions left by the speech therapist and Shira tries to get the meatballs and vegetables into her mouth all by herself. Tali jots down a quick report on Shira’s achievements.

Medical Check

Medical Check

In the clinic Shira smiles at the nurses, who check her blood pressure and respiration. A rehabilitative assistant helps clear Shira’s lungs and upper airway from excess secretions.

Bedtime

Bedtime

“Sweet dreams,” whispers Tali, as she secures Shira’s bed rail and tucks her in with a goodnight kiss.