The Miriam Moses Association for the Blind

 

 The Miriam Moses Association for the Blind  

The Miriam Moses Association for the Blind is a public organization which has been active in voluntary rehabilitation work with the blind and visually impaired and their families in the Herzlia and HaSharon areas for many years.

In the Sharon region there are approximately 1000 blind/low visioned persons and sometimes even two blind or low-visioned persons within the same family – (about 2%).  The Association helps the visually handicapped by offering direct solutions to the family by means of counselling and both individual and family training.  Help is given by financial grants of varying amounts and according to the individual and family needs of the blind/low visioned who are in need of help.

Members of the General Committee and Members of the various subcommittees work as volunteers without receiving any salary or recompense whatsoever.

The Management Committee of the Association (all the Board Members, except for the Director, serve as volunteers without pay):

Prof. Yehuda Kahane – Chairperson.  A member of the Board and Executive Committee of The Center for the Blind in Israel (‘umbrella’ organization).  – Professor (Emeritus) Faculty of Management and the Porter School of Environmental Studies at Tel Aviv University.  Former Director of the Institute for Business and the Environment.  He is the Inductee of the 2011 Insurance Founder Award of the Global Forum, and a life time achievement award of the Israeli Insurance Industry.  He served at many universities around the globe, including the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Wharton School, U. of Texas (Austin), U. of Toronto, U. of Florida.  He is an economist, statistician and actuary, and Ph.D. in Finance.  An academic and business entrepreneur.  A co-founder of many innovative start-up companies in a variety of industries, including Ituran (NasdaqITRN), Capital Point,  Pango Parking and others.  He is the Chairperson and co-founder of YK Center, a for benefit corporation, dealing with the paradigm shift towards a new economy.

Dr. Shlomo Lax – Executive Director – Is a Rehabilitation Psychologist and, for many years, an academic at Bar-Ilan University and the Academic College of Tel-Aviv-Yafo. A former head of the Israel Psychology Council (a statutory appointment). He is an expert in the field of rehabilitation and individual and familial diagnostic treatment.

Mr. Herzl Muchtar – Treasurer –Has served for very many years as Director of The Center for the Blind in Israel and nowadays volunteers in the Association and in The Association of Guide Dogs for the Blind.

 

Ms. Shula Troyhertz – Nurse by profession – she instructs a group of blind in learning ceramics. 

Ms. Sonia Mouchtar – Member of the Management Committee – responsible for the field of social welfare and leisure activities for the blind and low-visioned – works in the Municipality of Herzlia. She is an active choir member and folk-dancer.  An exhibition of her work as a blind photographer was recently displayed abroad in Thailand.

Mr. Ofer Ramon – Electronic Engineer, graduate of the Technion who holds a Master’s Degree in Marketing and Sales.  He worked in Hi-Tech in different companies in senior positions.

Mr. Benny Sherman – Member – Accountant, who in the past was the voluntary accountant of the Association.

Ms. Esti Davidov – Member of Internal Auditing Committee. Ms. Davidov worked for many years in the Rehabilitation Department of The Association in Herzlia and in Tel Aviv University in the Department of Student Counselling.

Auditor (accounting): Mr. Nati Wolkovitz

 

External Auditor: Rosenbloom-Holzman

 

 

THE SHELTERED WORKSHOP

The Association operates a Sheltered Workshop for the Visually Handicapped.  Approximately 65 people from the HaSharon region are employed in the workshop, as well as visually handicapped from the Central region. 

The Workshop contains a technical department where work is carried out using drills, screws etc., and a department dealing with the classification and assembly of articles in the field of plastics, electronics, and the packaging of sterile equipment.

A large number of the blind/low visioned employees arrive at the Workshop by means of the transportation system operated by The Miriam Moses Association for the Blind.  The daily route is from Hod HaSharon, Kfar Saba, Raanana, Ramat HaSharon and Herzlia. 

A hot meal is served daily to the employees, made possible with the financial support of the Ministry of Welfare – Services for the Blind.

The Sheltered Workshop is open from 07:00 in the morning until 14:00 five days a week under the supervision of experienced professional guides.

The monthly income is based on output (calculated according to the price per unit) and also by a fixed financial incentive payment paid by Services for the Blind at the Ministry of Social Welfare. Payments for Social Benefits are deducted for the employees’ benefit.

 

 

 

SOCIAL CLUB

There is a Social Club for the benefit of visually impaired from the Herzlia, the Sharon and Central Regions of Israel.  Lectures, social events and excursions take place within the Club. 

The Club operates on Sundays from 17:00 until 20:00 and on Tuesdays from 17:00 until 19:00, and on Wednesdays from 18:00 until 20:00.

 

 

LOW VISION CLINIC

The Low Vision Clinic facility is operated by The Association offering its services to the population of the Sharon, Central Israel, the Shefela region and the area of Southern Israel.  The Clinic is managed by a Social Worker.  Optometrists experienced in the area of low vision, and a teacher familiar with problems connected with peripheral vision are employed there.  Anyone who has any form of  low vision, for example an eye disease, which seriously influences the functioning of  his sight, may approach the Clinic with the necessary papers and arrange an appointment by telephone for an eye examination.  The patient first meets with the Social Worker for a comprehensive discussion.  She also offers support to the patient and acts as the liaison between the patient and all the Social Services. 

 

Services available in the Low Vision Clinic in Tel Aviv :

  • Examination of sight by an optometrist specializing in low vision
  • Diagnostics of the functioning of the eye in day to day activities
  • Choice of Auxiliary Aids, training and adjustment
  • Exercises for the improvement of peripheral vision (AMD)
  • Neuro-Vision Group – treatment and computerized exercises for vision improvement
  • Support  for the individual and family – helping them to cope with sight limitations
  • Mediation with professional groups in the community

 

There is also the possibility of receiving further one-on-one support at the Rehabilitation Center in Herzlia, and the other extensions of the Association in Rishon LeZion and Rehovot. This may be in the form of written support or oral support, both in the field of changing professions and studies, and any other daily needs.  Additionally, the staff at the Low Vision Clinic carry out external tests in Day Centers for the Elderly, and also in the framework of Residential Facilities for the Elderly, where those interested are invited to undergo eye tests.  This may be done by the interested party making a telephone appointment in any of the above frameworks.

    

PSYCHO-DIDACTIC EVALUATION FOR LOW-VISIONED OR BLIND CHILDREN

Psycho-Didactic Evaluations are carried out for blind and low-visioned children from the ages of 2 to 21 on a nationwide basis.  The evaluation reports are used to decide the schooling framework and the recommendations are recognized and confirmed by the Ministry of Education.  The evaluation includes a comprehensive and integral estimation of general cognitive and emotional roles.  Likewise, an eye test is carried out to decide the suitability of sight aids for school and home.

 

The evaluation also serves to build a program of rehabilitation for a long period, whether for learning needs or for social and familial needs.  Referrals to evaluation take place through the Ministry of Education and the Department for Social Services in the patient’s home town.


SOCIAL CLUB FOR THE VISUALLY-IMPAIRED AND BLIND

Sewing Group

The teacher instructs each blind person in different sewing techniques on a one-to-one basis.  In this framework each participant sews different clothing for herself according to her wishes and her ability.

The group meets on Sundays and Tuesdays between the hours of 4 pm and 7 pm.

 

Ceramics Group

The forming of different articles and accessories from ceramics is taught, including painting and burning in an oven.  The articles formed in the group are taken for personal use or sold in various bazaars which the Association takes part in.

The group meets on Sundays between the hours 5 pm and 6 pm.

 

Art Group

Art produced on cloth and a variety of other materials is taught.  The artwork is used by the group personally or sold in various bazaars which the Association takes part in.

The group meets on Tuesdays between the hours of 5 pm and 7 pm.

 

English Language Group

In the group English is taught on a one-to-one basis according to the existing level of the participant.

The group meets on Sundays between the hours of 5 pm and 6 pm.

 

Computer Group

Computer  learning, Windows, document and file management and Internet surfing are taught, as well as emailing, word processing, working with Zoomtex and other screen readers.

The group meets on Tuesdays between the hours of 4 pm and 6 pm.

 

 

Folk Dancing

Both blind and sighted people take part in the group together with those from The Association for the Blind in Netanya.

The group meets weekly on Mondays at 6.30 pm.

 

Cinematography Group

Films are produced and presented.  The blind serve as actors in the films.

The group meets weekly on Sundays from 3 pm to 5 pm.

 

Literature, Culture and Art Group

The group is dedicated primarily to literature and also to subjects of universal art. The writer, Ms. Irit Shoshani, leads the group.  The participants discuss various authors and their books.

 

Gymnastics Group

The group is instructed by a sports instructor, qualified in teaching people with special needs. The group does floor exercises and apparatus exercises. Groups undertake walking in the summer months.  The group meets every two weeks on Sundays from 7 pm to 8 pm.

 

Exercise on Chairs Group

The group meets every Tuesday between 6 pm and 7 pm.

 

Lectures

Every two weeks lectures on general subjects take place on Tuesdays between 7 pm and 8 pm.

 

Registration for the various groups is made by contacting Ms. Sonia Mouchtar, who is responsible for the groups.


DENTAL CLINIC

The Dental Clinic serves the blind community, the visually impaired and their families from all over the country - people from a low socio-economic background, new immigrants, disabled veterans, elderly, and those eligible in the framework of the Ministry of Health. 

 

Treatments include: check-ups, instruction in mouth hygiene including the removal of plaque by a hygienist, tooth fillings, root canal work, crowns and implants. 

 

The Clinic is open six days a week and treatment is given by a qualified team.  Prices are according to a special price list of the Ministry of Health and payment by interest-free installments is available.  The first examination is without charge.

 

The Clinic is situated in Rehov Revivim 8 in Herzlia is accessible by public transport.