The Shalva Center in Jerusalem

Information about Shalva

Shalva, The Israel Association for Care and Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities provides an all-encompassing range of services for thousands of people with disabilities from infancy to adulthood and their families. Shalva's comprehensive, life-cycle programming provide leading-edge therapies, inclusive educational frameworks, social and recreational activities, employment training and independent living, as well as respite and family support.

Shalva empowers and enables families to raise their children with disabilities within the family framework and partners with communities worldwide as well as government, academic, and institutions to create a more inclusive society. Shalva gives equal access and opportunity to all participants regardless of religion, ethnic background, or financial capability.

The Shalva National Center is the largest and most advanced center for inclusion and disability care in Israel, changing the standard of disability services and impacting the lives of people with disabilities in Israel and around the world.



Shalva was founded in 1990 by Kalman and Malki Samuels whose son, Yossi was rendered blind and deaf, among other challenges, following an injury during his early infancy. At the age of eight, Yossi experienced a communication breakthrough and the Samuels’ fulfilled

Noa Yitzhari,

Head manager of multi-sensory environment and training course

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