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February 06, 1981 - Image 13

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1981-02-06

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Friday, February 6, 1981 13

LOWEST Keren-Or Is Pioneer in Care of Blind, Handicapped
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he can be helped. Too
many multi-handicapped
and retarded children he
asserts, are abandoned.
Many of the so-called
"hopeless cases" were
shunned by their par-
ents. "They usually hide
them away. Sometimes
they regard them as a
punishment," Igra said.
Part of his work — and he
believes that here, too, Is-
rael is pioneering in creat-
ing the proper psychological
climate for parents — is
conducting an educational
campaign to have parents
bring handicapped and
blind children to Keren-Or
at a young age so that the
multi-handicapped can take
those first steps of overcom
ing frustration, loneliness,
anxiety and sometimes
even parental mistreat-
ment.
That is why Keren-Or's
sophisticated training and
rehabilitation methods con-
centrate on the vital role its
staff must play. Even before
admittance, each multi-
handicapped blind student
is assessed by a team corn-
posed of a physician, a psy-
chologist and various
therapists. "That is the very
vital first step," Igra said,
"for one must realize that
the age mix ranges from 4 to
18 and includes the excep-
tional and even the retarded
with very low IQs." At
Keren-Or, for example a
ration of two or more staff
members to each student
enables it to achieve results
of almost "miraculous" pro-
gress.
The services that the
child or youth receives at
Keren-Or is extensive.
There is intensive training
in self-care, proper groom-
ing, body awareness and
personal hygiene. Adaptive
physical education is also
given to correct deficiencies
of muscular coordination
and capacity.
Part of the reason that
Israel is progressing well
in the area of the
multiple-handicapped, is
that it maintained a pro-
gressive attitude for
many years.
Keren-Or, for instance,
was founded in 1902 in a re-
nted apartment with 12
blind boys. It now trains
nearly 200 co-eds in nine
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A teacher at Jerusalem's Keren-Or Center works
with a multiple-handicapped, blind child regarding
mouth hygiene. The center is the only Jewish residen-
tial institution in the world devoted exclusively to the
care and .rehabilitation of multi-handicapped, blind
children.
By BEN FRANK
zens of the Jewish state.
(Copyright 1981, JTA, Inc.)
Whereas other countries
If Israel is a country often pay pensions to the
which spends more time, ef- disabled, Israel invests
fort and money per capita on whatever is necessary to re-
the care and rehabilitation habilitate the person, said
of the handicapped and Igra, adding, "He or she is a
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"We are our brother's Keren-Or teaches its stu-
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dents, but there is computer
Igra, who is the Israel programming,
representative to the World s Wi tchbo a r d-o per a ti ng,
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tor general of Keren-Or, the and academic pursuits.
It is the philosophy of
Jerusalem Institutions for
the Blind, was a recent vis- integration which led
itor to the United States. He Keren-Or to pioneer in
studied American advances planning far-reaching pro-
for children who are deaf grams for multiple-
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of Jerusalem. At the
Keren-Or Center, 17 multi-
ple handicapped blind chil-
dren are being cared for, a
large number when one
considers that a staff of two
and even three to one is
needed for 24-hour coverage
— and the waiting list is
enormous, according to
Igra.
The work of helping every
human being bring out his
or her physical and mental
capacities is not over for
Keren-Or. Plans for the fu-
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dren for whom "we now lack
teacher-classrooms and
dormitories," Igra said. "We
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