Migdal Or in English
Introducing Migdal Or
Migdal Or is a multi-service center dedicated to advancing people with blindness or visual impairment towards independent functioning and inclusion in the workplace. Active in Israel for over 60 years, Migdal Or provides a broad and comprehensive response through a continuum of services nationwide, in branches in Haifa, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Be'er Sheva as well as in the home and environment of the service-recipient.
Every year, around 3,000 individuals of all ages and from all sectors and backgrounds benefit from this unique service-continuum. Service-recipients receive individualized training and instruction, while people with whom they live, work, study and interact regularly are also included in Migdal Or's rehabilitation outreach.
Most of Migdal Or's services are funded by the Ministry of Welfare and Social Affairs' Service for the Blind, the National Insurance Institute and the Ministry of Defense. We serve people who have an Israeli certification of blindness, and also those who are not entitled to certification yet whose low vision impinges on daily functioning.
Our vision is that every person in Israel with blindness or visual impairment is able to realize his/her innate potential.
Our mission is to be a leader in the development and delivery of professional, relevant and innovative services, and to disseminate knowledge about functional and vocational rehabilitation, for the benefit of people with blindness or visual impairment and for those involved in their lives.
Promoting the Use of Assistive Technology
Migdal Or specializes in introducing people to various forms of assistive technology, and in training and supporting them as independent users.
The broad term of assistive technology includes optical devices (magnifiers and closed-circuit television), aids for daily living (mobility cane, color-detector, tactile games, etc.), computers, mobile phones, customized software, smartphone applications, and more. With years of practical experience in this field, Migdal Or has expert knowledge in all forms of assistive technology and in building and implementing training programs for their use.
Migdal Or has a Technology Forum composed of experts in optometry, information and communications technology, rehabilitation instruction and users with blindness or visual impairment. This group serves as a beta-site for developers of new products that are intended for people with visual disabilities, to adjust the products to real needs and conditions in the field.
Assistive technology is an essential tool for the independent functioning of people with blindness or visual impairment; this message, and its practical application through training and support, is integrated into every service offered by Migdal Or.
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