Special Needs: Accommodating Those Who Are Different

 

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Summer for the Special Child

The summer break is a magical world of fascinating experiences for children, who enjoy the long days of vacation and fun, of frolic and adventure. At the same time, it can be quite a headache for parents, who are kept busy figuring out how to keep the children occupied and who will supervise them when the adults go to work and take care of other occupations.

This “headache” is twice as daunting when we are speaking of children with special needs and impairments, who need extra attention and even closer supervision. Their world is cramped into the limited scope of their families and they get lost in the lack of  routine, as dependent children who constantly need a loving look, a caress, and help in mobility. Their inability to adapt to to an unstructured day leads to chaos and misery both on the part of other family members and the child himself. The house is continually upside-down. Siblings cannot invite a friend over for a game or even read more than a page of a book without a sudden avalanche of the contents of dresser drawers coming tumbling down on them. The logistics of a simple trip to the local park make it an impossibility for the family to enjoy. Mommy cannot even dream of a more complex trip to the zoo. As frustrated as the family becomes, the frustrations are two-fold for the special child who does not have a clue as to how to productively occupy himself.  Continue reading Special Needs: Accommodating Those Who Are Different

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Ezer Mizion Partners with Chemdat Hadarom for Special-Needs Children

pr summer‘Each child is born with its unique value. It’s up to society to ensure that his development enables him to succeed to the limits of his potential.’ Thus spoke Naftali Bennet, Minister of Education in Israel at the ground-breaking ceremony of the Master’s Program at Chemdat Hadarom. Continue reading Ezer Mizion Partners with Chemdat Hadarom for Special-Needs Children

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A Letter Meant for You, Our Dear Friends and Supporters

pr mental illness flower MB900445658Thank You – for Giving and Giving Some More

Dear Hinda!!!

The pen cannot express,

Nor words adequately bless

You – for giving without end

More than we even comprehend.

You gave from your warmest heart,

And melted ours from the start.

With your gentle and thoughtful touch,

You eased our pain so much.

May you merit for many more years

To do kindness with Hashem’s “special dears.”

And may Hashem endow you with your fill

As He grants those who do His will.

May you succeed in all that you do,

And may He grant all you ask to you!

With thanks and appreciation, admiration, and gratitude,

Yaffa K. (mother of Tully) and the entire family

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Rx: Fun

pr canc sup camp 2015  11796201_526093560876918_62661206831841520_nRegistration was underway. Name. Address. Phone. Room assignment. More lines to be filled out on an inanimate, impersonal form. But there before me stood not line items but people. A group came forward. Children gathered around a Mommy like frisky kittens tumbling over themselves trying to find a place. But the Mommy? The center. Their source of sunshine. Their source of life. The Mommy stood there, her skin translucent. So weak. So helpless. While her children clamored only for the normal requests of childhood, Sara was engaged in a battle for her life. A monster named Cancer had robbed her children of a nurturing Mommy. To admire a drawing, to kiss away a boo-boo…oh, how she longed to perform these motherly privileges once again. But she couldn’t. She felt like a shaky plant that will collapse completely unless surrounded by sturdy props. That’s why she registered in Ezer Mizion’s Summer Camp for Families dealing with Cancer. Its staff and volunteers would be the props to hold her up while she gave her children a much-needed dose of “Mommy”. Continue reading Rx: Fun

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Summing it All Up

pr canc sup camp 2015 11825937_526096977543243_937472836193768947_nSummer is winding down and with it, Ezer Mizion’s summer camp program. “It’s very fulfilling,” says Aharon Levy, senior Ezer Mizion administrator upon the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Camp Program. This year about 4,000 participated in the day camps and retreats, 4,000 special needs children, special needs young adults, families dealing with cancer, mentally disabled and physically disabled. The common denominator of all the summer camp programs was the tremendous challenge posed every day and each hour of camp, which demanded comprehensive and uncompromising logistics, single-minded commitment, devoted staff and a cadre of enthusiastic volunteers.
“Here where I stand,” says Aharon Levy, “about 400 girls with special needs are enjoying a safe and professional retreat here, which accommodates all their unique requirements. The volunteers –one, sometimes two, for each child– underwent special training that taught them exactly what they would have to do. Continue reading Summing it All Up

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Netivot’s Third Year

For the third year running, the Netivot branch of Ezer Mizion held its day camp on the campus of Chemdat Hadarom College

pr summer_beach_ballLast week, Ezer Mizion finished its summer camp season with 14 different camps when its day camp for special children on the campus of Chemdat Hadarom College in Sedot Negev ended.

This is the third year that the Netivot branch of Ezer Mizion has been running the day camp on the campus.

110 special-needs children from the entire Southern region participated in the camp, each one with a personal counselor assigned to him. The day camp was operated by Ezer Mizion administrative and professional staff, backed by 140 volunteers. The camp ran for two weeks. Continue reading Netivot’s Third Year

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Paid in Full

pr spec - camp 2015 11817085_525607327592208_8172798921861778918_nVacation for Yeshiva students is over. They had a few weeks to recharge. To go on a hike, relax with a book, meet friends for pizza. Some opted to apply for a temporary job to earn a bit of money for the year. And then there are those that would shoot for the top. The top choice for vacation time. The slot that hundreds upon hundreds apply for. The absolutely best way to spend vacation.
Most are disappointed. Only a few are accepted. Is it a top-paying job? A low—priced resort where they can laze away the days? No, it’s neither of these.
It’s a place where they will be required to work from early-very early- in the morning till nightfall, with hardly a moment’s rest. It’s a place that offers no financial remuneration, not one dollar. Continue reading Paid in Full

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May Hashem Comfort You among the Mourners of Zion

Jewish Memorial CandleSequel to Rx: Fun ( a description of Ezer Mizion’s Summer Camp for Families dealing with Cancer)
“My 7 year old daughter has been sick for the past 5 years. She never smiles anymore.” His voice broke. For several moments, he couldn’t speak. With tears streaming down his face, he continued, “Yesterday she smiled!” He could not stop telling me how enveloped with caring he and his wife and the other children feel at camp. “It’s like someone wrapped us in a soft blanket, and is gently stroking us and healing our emotional wounds.”

It was indeed little Gitti who smiled at camp. Her parents and siblings smiled too and laughed with her, holding on to her waning strength and her life that was ebbing away.

This past Tuesday, just two days ago, little Gitti woke up and gently announced to her parents and siblings: “Today is my last day in this world.”

Seeing the great distress and pain that she was in, her parents urgently called her doctor and asked him to come right away. By the time he arrived at their home, she had closed her eyes forever…

השם נתן והשם לקח – יהי שם השם מבורך…

Ezer Mizion is with the family at this very sad and difficult time, glad that we were able to fortify them only three short weeks ago at our summer camp with relief and respite ahead of this terrible loss.

May we share good news only!

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