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To explore and provide ways of using sport as a means of integrating physically and mentally disabled and challenged youth into mainstream recreational activities and to provide equipment for this purpose.
The Foundation has agreed to help provide the equipment and staffing for a sport related program designed for a small class of 8 special needs children. The aim is to use physical activity as a means of increasing their fitness levels and building personal confidence. The intent of the program is such that this special group of children will feel more confident with themselves with the confidence to attain greater acceptance with their peers.
We believe that this is something Jordana would have supported whole heartedly had she been given the opportunity.
Beit Issie Shapiro is a national, multi-purpose organization located in Ra’anana, Israel, a town just north of Tel Aviv. Beit Issie develops and provides services for children and adults with developmental disabilities. It has played a leading role in promoting the inclusion of people with special needs in society and is a vigilant advocate for better legal provisions for and with people with special needs.
The Jordana Lokash Foundation provides dedicated support for sport therapy for Beit Issie Shapiro's "Orange" classroom, a group of 8 children with severe developmental disabilities, including intellectual disabilities, motor, sensory and communication difficulties. The children have gained so much from the program, showing real improvements in their motor abilities, stamina, fitness and social skills.
Children with developmental disabilities are very prone to health risks due to poor physical fitness – from early aging to heart disease. For this reason, sport and exercise are even more important for them than it is for typical children.
At Beit Issie Shapiro – Israel's leading organization in the field of developmental disabilities – our children receive intensive sport therapy that corrects many motor, balance and posture issues – and delays early aging health problems.
Trained sport therapists work with the children, carefully adapting the exercises and games to each child's level and needs. The children must be challenged in order to improve – yet it is so important to ensure success, or else they can get discouraged and lose motivation.
Thanks to the support from the Jordana Lokash Foundation, we provide individual therapy to achieve personal fitness goals and also group work for fun and improved social skills. Our special children receive an intense sport therapy program that enriches their lives, strengthens their bodies and improves their health.