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COUNT ME IN FOUNDATION FUNDS THE FOLLOWING PROGRAMS IN ISRAEL

Beyachad Rehabilitation & Development Center

The Beyachad Rehabilitation & Development Center combines quality education programs with comprehensive rehabilitative services. Together, these programs and services help children with Down syndrome cultivate their vast innate potential. Qualified educators provide individualized instruction within customized classrooms with low student-teacher ratios.

In addition to academics, highly-skilled professionals offer an entire spectrum of cutting edge therapies including speech, language, occupational, behavioral, vision, and sensory integration therapy, as well as psychological services.

Yeshiva Shel Maalah Upper School

The Count Me In Yeshiva Shel Maalah Upper School is an exceptional special education program for teenagers with Down syndrome. In addition to cutting edge therapies including speech, language, occupational, behavioral, vision, and sensory integration therapy, and psychological services, the Upper School also enjoys Activities of Daily Living (A.D.L.) and vocational skills training. These training courses are an encouraging step up on the ladder of maturity and development. Students acquire strong learning habits and new life skills that enable them to fully integrate into society in a dignified and self-sufficient manner.
Shiluv Inclusion & Enrichment

The inclusion of children with Down syndrome into mainstream schools (Shiluv in Hebrew) is gaining acceptance around the world. At the Beyachad Center in Jerusalem, educators, therapists, and parents are trained to implement inclusion in order to reap its extraordinary benefits. Children who are mainstreamed during the day join the Center in the afternoon for customized lessons in reading, writing, speech, math, general knowledge, and socialization. These custom lessons provide the skills necessary to flourish in a mainstream classroom.

The Center also organizes "friendship clubs" throughout Jerusalem. The clubs partner special needs teenagers and young adults with individuals from the neighborhood. The partners meet up at least once a week to enjoy an event or activity. Once a month, all of the partners from the community come together for a fun-filled evening in which the friendship circles are strengthened and expanded.

Factory Workshop & Vocational Training Center

Vocational training is a sought after and popular option for Down syndrome children, because it provides them with career paths to become independent and enables them to enter society as productive members who can eventually become financially independent. Count Me In funds a unique program providing older teenagers and young adults with vocational & motivational skills in woodworking, carpentry, bottling, labeling, and parts assembly to facilitate their participation in the "real" world.
Inclusive Summer Camp Programs

Count Me In funds a special summer camp where children with Down syndrome enjoy a carefree vacation. Our staff of highly trained teachers, therapists, and counselors ensure that all activities are appropriate for each child's physical, emotional, and intellectual level.
Activities for Daily Living (A.D.L.)

Count Me In funds the maintenance of a fully equipped Model Apartment where older students learn to set the table for a meal, cook and prepare meals, wash dishes, clean up, make the bed, and many other essential Activities for Daily Living tasks. They make trips to supermarkets, hospitals, old age homes, post offices, health clinics, libraries, and to the bank etc. These hands on experiences teach them independence, self-sufficiency, and adaptation to real life situations.
Speech & Occupational Therapy

Children with Down syndrome inevitably experience some degree of speech and language delay. This requires very specific treatment provided by qualified Speech and Language Pathologists. To fill this need, Count Me In pays for certified professionals specializing in child development, neurology, physiology, medical conditions, psychosocial development, and therapeutic techniques.

We also fund occupational therapy which focuses on the child's ability to master specific skills related to independence such as self care, fine and gross motor abilities, school performance, and recreational activities.

Music & Art Therapy

Music is a powerful therapeutic and holistic activity for every child, but especially so for those with disabilities. The world of music offers dignified entree to community and social gatherings, while at the same time building confidence and self-esteem. In addition, music serves as a valuable diagnostic tool for the assessment of mental, emotional, and physical developmental.
Computer Training

Studies have shown that children and young adults with Down syndrome learn basic concepts and skills more easily when they are exposed to computer-assisted teaching. The majority of these children quickly adapt to computers, which require spatial, cognitive, and fine motor skills that were previously believed to be quite challenging for individuals with Down syndrome. At programs funded by Count Me In, students benefit from interaction with a variety of computer applications and technological devices.
Horseback Riding & Petting Zoo

Count Me In funds a magnificent petting zoo, replete with horses, sheep, goats, ducks, and chickens. Students learn responsibility and compassion while helping to care for these animals. The sheer joy and excitement of these activities is awesome.
Jewish Education Studies

Count Me In believes that the lives of Jewish children with disabilities and their families are immeasurably enriched when they gain knowledge of G-d, the Torah, and the Jewish Nation, and become skilled at performing the Mitzvoth; especially the ones associated with Shabbat, Holidays, and Prayer. Proficiency in these and other highly visible tasks allows them to feel comfortable enough to participate in social and religious group activities at home, in school, and in the Synagogue.
Bar & Bat Mitzvah Preparatory Classes

A Bar or Bat Mitzvah is one of the most important milestones in the lives of parents and children. These are truly rewarding occasions, full of tremendous pride and joy, when a son or daughter enters the service of G-d and becomes a full member of the Jewish nation. Count Me In funds the necessary training and lessons for our special population in preparation of this most meaningful event.
Educational Publications

To foster sensitivity among the general public, Count Me In funds the publication of storybooks for youth, such as Stepping Stones, The Diamond Bird, and Family For a While. These educational and touching stories promote compassion and concern for the disabled—qualities we hope to instill in young readers so that they, too, can advance our message of acceptance and inclusion.
Greenhouse Garden of Healing

Count Me In funds a wonderful greenhouse and garden. Students have fun as they gain firsthand knowledge of horticulture in a relaxed atmosphere. They learn how to plant, grow, pick, and ultimately cook their own homegrown produce. Students build confidence and a sense of achievement as they watch the fruits of their labor literally bloom before their eyes!
Training Workshops, Public Lectures, and Forums

Count Me In believes in the value of public awareness and the free-flow of accurate information. Our public education arm has three main goals: (1) provide teachers, therapists, and other professionals with cutting edge methodologies and techniques for the education, rehabilitation, and successful integration of children with special needs (2) provide parents with the proper tools to make wise choices regarding their children's education and (3) teach the general public that all special needs children have the potential to become vibrant members of our society.
Art Therapy

Art is a powerful therapeutic and holistic activity for every child, but especially so for those with disabilities. The world of art offers dignified entree to community and social gatherings, while at the same time building confidence and self-esteem. In addition, art is a valuable diagnostic tool for the assessment of mental, emotional, and physical developmental.