Israel currently has about 700,000 people with severe functional disabilities, about 12% of the population over the age of 20, according to data from the Central Bureau of Statistics, published on the occasion of the International Day for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Among this population, about 7% have difficulty walking And climbing stairs, or not being able to do so at all. The
data show that there is a long way to go to improve the lives of people with disabilities. % And 33% respectively in the rest of the population). In addition, 34% of people with disabilities have experienced some form of discrimination in the past year (compared to 24% in the rest of the population).
According to data from the Labor Department in the Ministry of Economy, since 2020 there has been a 20% decrease in the employment of workers with disabilities in the economy. Not only that, 53% of workers with some kind of disability report that their economic situation has worsened due to the crisis. Before the corona, the employment rate among people with disabilities was about 55%, of which 20% were entitled to a disability pension; This compares with the employment rate of the entire population (65%).
On the other hand, there is now a steep decline in employment data. According to the Central Bureau of Statistics and the Equal Rights Commission for People with Disabilities, in November 2020 almost half of employed people with disabilities reported a worsening of their condition; 48% of them responded that they were financially helped by a family member, or had to break a savings plan or take out a loan to survive. The country is trying to find a solution to the problem of people with disabilities, and launched a campaign entitled "Life has changed". This is to raise awareness for the "Equal Employment" programOf the Population Employment Administration in the Labor Arm in the Ministry of Economy.
From an early age, there is room for improvement in the treatment of people with disabilities: in all rehabilitative day care centers claim that the state abandons people with disabilities.
For example, the Association Ali"a - non profit organization that specializes in treating infants, toddlers and children with blindness or low vision - operates a rehabilitation day care, where infants should receive treatment Fra-rfoaiim Ministry of Health funding.
In practice, the dorms are facing manpower shortage Of caregivers, due to a discriminatory distortion built into their budgets.This situation also does not allow to employ quality professionals at an adequate salary, leaving no choice for many but to turn to community care, often with high deductibles, or in the private market for those who achieve it.
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