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October 12, 1973 - Image 3

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1973-10-12

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JDC Helps Set Up Treatment Center for Retarded in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM — A new ob-
servation and treatment unit
for retarded pre-school chil-
dren has been set up here
with the help of the Joint
Distribution Committee.
Dr. Alexander Russell,
head of the pediatrics depart-
ment of the Hebrew Univer-
sity-Hadassah Medical
School, assisted JDC a n d
Akim, the Israeli voluntary
society for retarded children,
in establishing the unit last
winter.
"We cannot change the
physiological endowment of
mentally retarded youngsters.
But if we get the child early
enough, with the proper fa-
cilities we can often reduce
the extent of the handicap,"
Dr. Russell said.
Dr. Russell also directs the
Je llem Child Development
C one of seven in a
countrywide network which
JDC helped to create and
continues to support, with
United Jewish Appeal funds.
"The main function of these
child development centers is
identification and assessment

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at as early an age as pos-
sible," Dr. R u s sell said.
"This obviously has to come
first. But the next step — no
less critical — is to develop
facilities like the Akim unit
to which children with dif-
ferent types of handicaps can
be referred for treatment.
These are still in very short
supply.
"Over the past three years,
we have been learning at the
Jerusalem center that it is
particularly difficult to diag-
nose a retarded child in a
one-time assessment since he
may be suffering from social
deprivation rather than a
physical defect. Thus, a
youngster requires a pro-
longed period of observation
during which he can receive
educational and rehabilita-

tional therapy. For this we
can now refer him to the
treatment unit."
The Akin). Society for the
Mentally Retarded is one of
a number of Israeli voluntary
agencies w h i c h for many
years have received technical
and financial assistance from
the JDC. Using its own funds,
it built the new observation
and treatment unit as a sec-

and story on a day nursery it
was already running. The
JDC is contributing IL360,000
($90,000) to help cover the
unit's operational costs for
the first three years.

Valuing the Community
When the individual values
the community as his own
life and strives after its hap-
piness as though it were his
individual well-being, he finds
satisfaction and no longer
feels so keenly the bitterness
of his individual existence,
because he sees the end for
which he lives and suffers.
—Ahad Ha'am.

Gaily—Hospital—Sympathy

Mercy more becomes a
magistrate than the vindic-
tive wrath which men call
justice. — Henry W. Long-
fellow.

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Friday, October 12, 1973 - 3

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