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Jerusalem Center for Blind Children with Multiple Disabilities

Our History

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Keren Or, Hebrew for Ray of Light, was founded in 1975 by a group of parents concerned with meeting the unique needs of their multi-disabled blind children. In 1991, our Ramot facility was completed, enabling Keren Or to introduce a variety of cutting edge therapies and expand its enrollment. A key component of Keren Or's program, hydrotherapy, has proven to be one of the most effective and, to accommodate a growing population, a new Hydrotherapy Center was constructed in 2009. Today, our hydrotherapy complex includes multiple pools, ceiling lifts, individual hydrotherapy cubicles, and shallow treatment areas for small children. 

In May 2010, Keren Or partnered with the world-renowned Perkins School for the Blind in Massachusetts (best known for its most famous graduate, Helen Keller) to present “Building Connections,” a first-of-its-kind conference held in Israel.  Board Chairman Dr. Edward L. Steinberg, a practicing Optometrist, initiated the partnership. More than 300 conference participants had the opportunity to learn about the impact of vision loss combined with other disabilities. Perkins and, Keren Or are now working together to develop a variety of programs designed to share knowledge with other organizations, professionals, and parent groups. 

Keren Or is recognized as a pioneer in the field of visual impairment and multiple-disability therapies and remains committed to providing the best care for its students.