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Requests for Assistance from All Over the World
Requests are flooding into the Tourist Desk at the Department of Public Relations. For the first time, people in wheelchairs can fulfill their dream of visiting Israel, knowing that a full service tourist department can supply their every need – transportation from the airport in specially equipped vans, outfitting of hotel rooms with needed equipment, and much more. In the photo: Director of Tourist Services Nadia Alalu shows a map of locations from where Yad Sarah tourists originate
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Yad Sarah Reaches Out to Help Muquadam
Meet Muquadam, a two-and-a-half-year-old boy from Tanzania. He came to Israel under the auspices of Save a Child’s Heart (SACH), an NGO that arranges vital operations for children from developing countries in need of cardiac surgery. And Yad Sarah gave him a wheelchair to take home. In the photo: Muquadam with his mother and Yad Sarah Tourism Director Nadia Alalu.
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So Much More Than Just Wheelchairs!
They asked about borrowing a wheelchair - they received a complete guide to hosting an elderly relative in a safe and accessible environment * Reported by Shani Rosenfeld, director of the Exhibition and Guidance Center at Yad Sarah in Jerusalem * In the photo: Students of Social Work and Health Services, guests from Israel and abroad, come to the Center and get reliable information based on many years of professional experience
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By Elaine Matlow, Executive Director Tal-El. A V Israel pioneered a method for integrating children with hearing disabilities into mainstream educational programs and now operates from Yad Sarah House in Jerusalem. "Here we feel positive energy and we feel at home."

Twenty five years ago my twin daughters were diagnosed with profound deafness at the age of two. At the time, we were introduced through family members in Canada to the auditory-verbal approach to the rehabilitation of children with hearing loss that would help them develop spoken language through listening. This approach was not yet available in Israel. The possibility of our girls being able to speak and integrate into the hearing world despite their deafness appealed to us. But how could we make this happen? We were living in Jerusalem and raising our family here. Through friends and contacts, we managed to find a wonderful local speech therapist interested in learning about the auditory-verbal approach. We sent her to Toronto to learn. She came back and we began the process of teaching our daughters to listen and to speak using the AV approach. As we saw the amazing results of AV therapy firsthand, we, along with another set of parents and open minded professionals, decided to share what we were experiencing with other parents of deaf children. In 1994, we established AV Israel, a non-profit organization dedicated to making the parent centered AV (Auditory-Verbal) option accessible to all families of children with hearing loss in Israel. Fast forward 25 years and AV Israel is now a national organization serving hundreds of children with hearing loss in 5 centers throughout the country. Just recently, thanks to the support of the National Insurance Agency, we moved our main branch into our new home in the Yad Sarah building in Jerusalem - across the street from our Cochlear Implant program at the Shaare Zedek Medical Center. We are settling in and already feeling the positive energy of being in the Yad Sarah complex. Located on the light train route, access to our new center is easy. Families that come to us feel welcome as they enter the building - a center bustling with activity dedicated to doing good in the world. Entering our child friendly and colorfully designed center, there is a feeling that families have come home. Years of experience have given AV Israel a reputation for excellence. Our capable and dedicated staff members exude the right combination of warmth and professionalism. Our facility houses what we believe is crucial to assure that children with hearing loss get what they need to succeed. We offer a wide range of services to families - initial consultation after diagnosis of hearing loss, hearing tests and hearing aid fittings, cochlear implant rehabilitation, and AV therapy sessions. Our social worker provides a variety of support services to families, from accessing their rights, to empowerment through social and educational gatherings, through one on one sessions. While offering services has been a major focus, we recognize the importance of training professionals in order to make a deep impact on the changing landscape for deaf children. We host university students of communication disorders from 5 programs as well as offering educational enrichment opportunities for licensed speech and language professionals. Since my children were diagnosed, developments in technology and research have caused a revolution in the area of rehabilitation for deaf children. Today, babies undergo infant screening within 48 hours of childbirth, diagnosis of sensory hearing loss within the first 6 months of life, and access to state of the art technology (cochlear implants /digital hearing aids) by the end of their first year of life. With proper intervention in a parent-centered program of AV therapy, it is now recognized that children with ANY hearing loss can reach language levels of their typically hearing peers. They can learn in ANY educational framework and go on to do anything they choose - and succeed! When a baby is diagnosed with deafness today, his/her life is full of promise! We are working with babies of four and five months old. We set them up with suitable technology and begin to involve the parents in the journey of learning spoken language. Unless there is a challenge in addition to the hearing loss, we standardly graduate children from our program by the age of four!! No to special education programs. Yes to total inclusion! The entrance to our new center at Yad Sarah is usually filled with baby carriages. It seems as if we have been in the Yad Sarah building forever. Come and see for yourself!

NSN Israel Focus
Nachum Segal welcomed Michael Benson, volunteer director of Yad Sarah's Beer Sheva branch, to JM in the AM to highlight Yad Sarah's services available for both Israeli residents and tourists with disabilities

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"Keep Up the Good Work"
Israel Meron and Ruti Reches bring the Yad Sarah message to the Family Physicians Conference * In the photo: Professor Ilana Tzur

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The Exhibition and Guidance Center: Bringing Information about Access and Safety Aids to the Homebound - Because Knowledge is Power
Director of Yad Sarah's Exhibition and Guidance Centers Dvora Roitman talks about a new program introduced at Yad Sarah House in Rishon LeZion, in close collaboration with the Home and Community Services Department. * In the photo: Naomi Aharoni, volunteer physiotherapist, with Yedida Pen, sitting comfortably on a reclining armchair

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Our Young People Also Give Back
Thanks to Shmuel Friedman, a high school student who has been volunteering at Yad Sarah's Givataim branch this summer. Helping out in the computer department,Shmuel also helps people carry borrowed equipment to their cars. We wish him the best of luck in his studies next year at a Jerusalem yeshiva. To volunteer, please call *6444

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Yad Sarah Employees, Volunteers and Departments Awarded the Mann Prize for Excellence
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At Yad Sarah, We Cherish the Warm Human Connection We Have with Our Clients
At Yad Sarah branches throughout the country, all volunteers and staff will wear nametags *In the photo: CEO Moshe Cohen and senior staff members pose with their nametags

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An Electrifying and Moving Interactive Experience Connecting You to Yad Sarah’s Special World of Giving and Volunteering

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Yad Sarah is Now Part of the Fun in Jerusalem Family
When Fun in Jerusalem owner and creator Joanna Shebson was looking for a venue to host her family event, she chose Yad Sarah and became a fan

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Yad Sarah to Fight Domestic Abuse in the Negev
Yad Sarah has announced the opening of a Family Center in the western Negev to both treat victims and offer counseling to the perpetrators of domestic violence

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Video: See How We Give

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Yad Sarah expands its assistance to tourists with disabilities who want to tour Israel
President and founder of Yad Sarah Uri Lupolianski on the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities * photo: A group of tourists from a sheltered housing community in New Jersey at the entrance to Yad Sarah in Jerusalem – the guests visited Jerusalem in Yad Sarah’s wheelchairs

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"A Real Tourist Experience"
A delegation from the Tourism Ministry recently visited The Yad Sarah Experience and had only praise for the newly inaugurated visitor's center. Read here the letter received from Deputy Director-General Ahuva Zaken. In the photo: Malka Melamed and Zelina Ben Gershon, volunteer members of the Tourist Service staff, discussing options for the expansion of tourist services for people with physical disabilities.

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Salute to a Donor
Lee Friedman, a donor and friend of Yad Sarah, traveled to Israel from the States to see for herself the two vehicles she donated. One (pictured) is a unique van that safely transports the wheelchair-bound.

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Yad Sarah Makes its Volunteers Feel Valued
Diary of the volunteer Fayyad Habashi * This series, bringing the inspiring stories of Yad Sarah volunteers, is the creation of volunteer Shekedia Cohen.

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Beit Safafa: Amina Aliyan speaks the Yad Sarah language
YS site reporter Sumiya Al Nabari talks with the director of the Jerusalem Beit Safafa branch

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Rivka Marchand Guides Tours in Both English and Spanish and Brings Her Special Latin Flair to the Visitor's Center
Meet volunteer Rivka Marchand, who brings a diverse background and much life experience to her job as multi-lingual tour guide at The Yad Sarah Experience. She is part of a very talented and enthusiastic group of English-speaking tour guides who love Yad Sarah and want to tell you all about it!

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Yad Sarah's Ofer Shoshani – A Paradigm of Giving
Yad Sarah has become such a vital part of the cultural fabric of the city of Hadera that one of its own has been selected to light an Independence Day beacon – one of twelve – honoring 125 years since Hadera's founding

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Come take a walk with me
Come take a walk with me around Yad Sarah House in Jerusalem. It is an enchanted place. Follow me and I will show you the magic

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Jerusalem, Har Hatzofim: Volunteering with Satisfaction – and Close to Home
From the diary of volunteer Avraham Ashkenazi * Series producer: Volunteer Shekedia Cohen * Thanks also to branch director Aryeh Noy, who shares his team's impressions with the readers of Yad Sarah News

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As the Music Played, the Patient with Parkinson's Stopped Shaking
Hamutal Ben Or, director of the Day Rehabilitation Center at Yad Sarah House in Jerusalem, talks about a moment when music became therapy * Thanks to Musethica from all of us at Yad Sarah * Photographer: David Rothner

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Love Comes to the Shikumon
Chemda and Amos met at Yad Sarah's Day Rehabilitation Center in Beer Sheva, and decided to get married! Our "family" is elated over this first-time event * Story by Miriam Kopeika

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The Geriatric Dental Clinic: More Room for More Patients
Clinic director Dr. Tamar Kartin-Gabbay (in photo): The clinic combines professionalism, a warm welcome, and moderate fees

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Better Than Pills and Therapy
Dalia Lahav, a member of Pesek Zman (time out) club, talks with volunteer Ora Maloul, reporter of Yad Sarah internet site

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Judy Siegel-Itzkovich reports

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