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Keren Or Jerusalem Center for Blind Children with Multiple Disabilities addresses the complex needs of children in Israel who are visually impaired and/or cognitively, developmentally, and/or physically disabled. Our facilities, dedicated staff, and individualized therapy programs allow each of our students to reach his or her maximum potential. We strive to provide comprehensive therapies that are nurturing and stimulating while also being educational and social in order to help students reach their full potential and lead lives that are meaningful and productive.
Our students are always learning, and growing. Our Center in Jerusalem is always integrating the latest and greatest technologies and making adjustments to optimize our space. Meanwhile, here in the United States, our staff and incredible lay leaders are always busy putting events together to keep it all afloat. Check back here to find out all the updates!
Making a child smile is the most
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Some of our success stories
Noam’s StoryLike many students at Keren Or, 11-year-old Noam, was born blind. Diagnosed with autism and serious developmental delay, he arrived at Keren Or suffering from a multitude of symptoms. Noam had extremely limited engagement with his environment, would not walk unassisted, and was unable to communicate verbally. His team of specialists created a comprehensive therapeutic, educational, and social program was developed to support Noam’s growth in these crucial areas and maximize his progress. [Read More]
Meet Natan EliyahHe is eight years old and suffers from CVI, a visual impairment that affects the brain’s ability to understand and interpret the information the eyes send to the brain. Natan came to Keren Or six months ago, and in no time became known and loved by our professional team and volunteers. His joyful spirit and infectious smile naturally engage every person who comes into contact with him.. [Read More]
Music is a nonverbal form of communication that has proven to be a particularly effective mode of therapy for our children. Music therapy brings out the “song” in children while providing participants with an opportunity to experience being heard, understood, and accepted. Keren Or therapists also use music based “conversations” to stimulate group interaction and a variety of instruments to improve physical control. These multi-opportunities help students develop self-mastery and emotional communication.
Interaction with animals gives students an opportunity to overcome fears, while improving emotional awareness, responsibility, and self-confidence. It also provides opportunities for nonverbal communication, multi-sensory stimulation, and satisfaction, while also building loving relationships.
A key component to our curriculum is Hydrotherapy. This form of therapy offers encompassing sensory stimulation and helps foster self-confidence, social engagement, and individual satisfaction in our students. All of these special gifts are made possible by our hydrotherapy pool.Donate to cause