Shalva, the Israel association for Care and Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities, is dedicated to providing quality care for individuals with disabilities, empowering their families and promoting social inclusion.
How we are changing the lives of children
Non-denominational and free of charge, Shalva’s ongoing programs provide therapeutic, educational, and recreational care for over 850 individuals from infancy to adulthood. Family support and respite components are essential to all programs, enabling parents to raise their children within the family framework.
The new Shalva National Center
The Shalva National Center, which opened in September 2016, has enabled Shalva to broaden its scope of services to provide care for thousands more children with disabilities and their families. The eleven story, 200,000 square foot building, surrounded by seven acres of inclusion parks, will offer a variety of leading-edge facilities and unprecedented opportunities for individuals with disabilities in Israel. The Shalva National Center is positioned to be Israel’s home base for inclusion and an international leader in program development for individuals with disabilities.
Shalva was founded in 1990 by Kalman and Malki Samuels, but its origins go back thirteen years earlier to when their eleven-month-old son, Yossi was injured; becoming blind , deaf, and acutely hyperactive. They never dreamed that seven years later Yossi would break through his barriers of darkness and silence, and miraculously learn to communicate via sign language and speech. Malki remembered a promise she made during those isolating and exhausting years; that if G-d would help, so would she. What began with six children in a small apartment, is today an internationally acclaimed organization that provides all-encompassing care for children and families from the entire spectrum of Israeli society.