Migdal Or (“lighthouse” in Hebrew), a multi-service center for blind and visually impaired people, came under Rashi’s responsibility in mid-2011. Its activity focuses on two main areas: rehabilitative instruction to allow visually impaired individuals to become self-reliant; and vocational rehabilitation to facilitate their placement in suitable employment.
The services, with more than 3,000 participants a year, are provided at the main campus in Haifa and the branches in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Be'er Sheva, as well as in the home environment of the visually impaired person.
Soon after taking over, we prepared a comprehensive revitalization plan that is designed to create optimal conditions for integration of the visually impaired into the community. The primary tool that supports integration is assistive technology, particularly touch-screen devices with sophisticated applications used in all areas of life.
Enabling the target population to use this rapidly evolving technology requires training at an ever-increasing scope and frequency. Accordingly, the development plan includes physical upgrade of the main campus to create facilities for instruction and training.
The main elements of the upgrade were the construction of new buildings for the Occupational Rehab Center and the Functional Rehab Center that contains the Low Vision Clinic. Another part is the renovation of the dormitory that serves participants of the training courses who live far away, and is also used as initial preparation for independent life in the community.
Ministry of Welfare
Legacy Heritage Fund
National Insurance Institute
Northern Goals Association