Jewish communities throughout the world are faced with vital questions about how best to include members whose lives are affected by disability. Starting in 2009, and marked annually each February since then, Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month exists “to raise awareness and champion the rights of all Jews to be included and to participate in all aspects of Jewish life like anyone else.” It’s an appropriate moment to stop and think about how a difficult situation can be made better.
Supporters of the Malki Foundation know that inclusion is our raison d’etre, as well as our passion. On a daily basis and with the help of generous donors, we work to empower families in Israel to provide the best possible home care for their children with severe disabilities.
Being raised with the family, and receiving paramedical therapies that focus on life-skills, these children gain essential social skills while being exposed to the wider world. They experience love and attention to an extent beyond what even the best of institutional residences can provide. As almost all the countries of the Western world abandon institutionalization and its ills, our goal at the Malki Foundation is to enable inclusion for children and for their families in Israel by empowering them, and putting meaningful resources at their disposal in ways that no other part of Israeli society does.