INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION TO ENABLE INTEGRATION OF
CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES IN KINDERGARTENS – JOINT
PROGRAM, UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE MUNICIPALITY OF
Shekel Community Services for People with Disabilities,
Individual and societal differences which in the past have led to
barriers being erected particularly between nations, have, in many
situations in the recent period, been removed or minimized. One area
in which international cooperation is both desirable and possible is the
area of services for children with disabilities. The presentation will
describe an ongoing project and will define elements which have
enabled its promotion and extension. Under the auspices of MASHAV,
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Shekel Association in
program. The goal is to promote and strengthen the integration of
children with disabilities in kindergartens in
and is Moscow
Israel and in . The Israeli component involves Moscow
a visit to
of groups of Russian kindergarten staff (both Israel
management and direct care) for an intense educational experience.
The experience involves both academic presentations and "hands-on"
elements in visiting selected kindergartens. The component in
involves the visit of Israeli experts to
for two week periods Moscow
where the theories of integration are defined and discussed.
Cooperative activities (including film presentations), encourage and
support local efforts at integration and also review and assess
difficulties and problems encountered. The proposed presentation will
highlight the topics presented above and the issues identified in the
seminars which have enabled the positive accomplishments during
the Project and outline ideas and plans for the future.