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About Us - Ilanot 2017.pdf ILANOT School for Physically Handicapped Children Horkania Street 19 Jerusalem 9330521 ISRAEL ( 02-6783677 02-6782645 Ê 02-6793292bsilanotjeru@gmail.com Update 11/2017 Ilanot is a special-needs school that caters for students with Cerebral Palsy (CP) and other muscular diseases. One of the main effects of Cerebral Palsy is a severe dysfunction of the central nervous system that leads to impaired motor function. This presents itself from mild muscular dysfunction to complete incapacitation. In addition to the muscular disabilities, there are often additional disabilities such as impaired or non-existent speech, impaired sensory function and a range of learning disabilities. Ilanot is a regional state-run school in Jerusalem that caters for students from a wide range of geographical locations including: Ma’aleh Adumim, Mateh Yehuda, East Jerusalem, Bet Shemesh, Jordan Valley, Ashkelon, Achuzat Etrog & Modi’in. A special Placement Committee is responsible for referring students to our school. There are currently 82 students in Ilanot ranging in ages from 6-21. In Ilanot there is a broad representative of the population, Jews, Muslims and Christians. There are 13 classes in the school and at times there is a maximum age difference of 3 years between members of the same class. The division into classes is based, as much as possible, on similarities in their level of social, emotional & cognitive development. The aim of the learning program is to advance the students in the particular fields of study, and to teach them to function independently and to maximize the students self-management. The program takes into account the differences between the individual students and great effort is made to create a personalized program for each student in the fields of study, rehabilitation, physical needs & emotional welfare. There are approximately 90 staff members at Ilanot forming a multi-disciplinary team that includes: Special-education teachers, specially trained therapists for art, computers, sport, music, as well as animal therapists, movement therapists, aids, psychologists, social workers, and counselors. There is also a team of paramedical therapists including, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, hydro therapists, speech therapists and a school doctor and nurse. The team is complemented by administrative and cleaning staff. There is a substantial volunteer-force at Ilanot that includes: girls doing their National Service who assist in the classroom environment, skilled craftsmen who design and build specialized equipment for the students, German volunteers from "Sign of Atonement” who spend a year helping at the school and motivated adults who assist in preparing the students for the pool. The students travel to Ilanot every day by means of specially arranged transportation organized by the umbrella-body Ilan & by the local councils. Our students spend many hours at school. Ilanot opens at 07:30am in time for the arrival of the first students. Studies take place from 08:00am until 15:30pm with two main recesses and meals breaking up the schedule of studies and therapy. Students are served two meals during the day: Mid-morning snack is brought by each student from home, whereas a hot lunch is provided for by the municipality. Both the eating of meals and going to the toilet take place in a learning environment. They are, therefore, structured in such a way so as to assist the students’ increased independence and ability to carry out these tasks. Studies conclude at 15:30 five times a week. Three times a week therapeutic after-care program is provided by Ilan from 15:30 until 18:00. Three times a week, students are afforded the possibility of joining activities according to the “Peto-Hungary” system provided by the non-profit “Tza’ad Kadima”. Older students participate in “Tza’ad Kadima” activities once a week and, in addition, experience “independent living” in a specially designed apartment. This is in order to teach them the everyday skills that they will require once they have graduated from Ilanot. Ilanot staff run a day camp from 08:30 until 12:30 every year during the holiday seasons (Passover, Chanukah, Sukkot and during the summer break.) During the month of August, the Jerusalem branch of Ilan runs a week-long overnight camp for students at a variety of kibbutzim across the country. As the umbrella-organization for serving the needs of disabled children, Ilan is an active partner in providing care for Ilanot students in a variety of ways including payment for the life-saver at the pool, purchasing of medical & rehabilitation equipment and partial coverage of the social workers’ salaries. Computers are used extensively as alternate means of communication for students who are unable to otherwise communicate. In addition, they are utilized in treatments by the occupational therapists and to promote cognitive development of the students. At Ilanot, we try to integrate our students into the wider community both socially and academically. For example, students participate in an art class together with their peers from mainstream schools at the Israel Museum. Once every fortnight, students take part in joint classes with their peers from the Keshet School. This project is now in its twentieth year. Another integration model is the individual model whereby certain students are integrated once a week in a regular school. A wide range of students receive training at our school in the fields of special education, music therapy, animal therapy and occupational therapy. We try our best to assist students and their parents even in the after-school hours with the help of volunteers. Ilanot is open to new ideas and methods that will aid and advance children with Cerebral Palsy and welcomes the participation of all concerned parties in helping care for our precious students.