An inclusive society
The IMPJ’s Professional Outlook when Working with People with Disabilities
Putting the person, and not only the disability, in the center. Establishing a personal therapeutic-rehabilitation program for every resident in a home, which meets the entirety of needs, desires and abilities.
Every person needs privacy. We believe that people with disabilities, who in many cases have difficulties dealing with social situations, are those who especially need time and space for themselves. We will, to the best of our abilities, provide each resident with his or her own private space and time.
The Right of Choice
The IMPJ will support, as much as possible, the personal, self-fulfilling choices of each resident in areas of employment, culture and social activities.
One of the central challenges for people with disabilities is the sense of loneliness. Community integration helps to deal with loneliness and with social stigmas. The IMPJ has a lot of experience in integrating people with disabilities into its congregations. The homes will be located close to their respective congregations and the residents will be integrated as fully participating members. The congregations will plan their programs keeping in mind the needs of people with disabilities and ensure that the residents are integrated in on-going congregational activities, including gatherings, recreation and more. As part of the congregational programing, specific programs will be designed for the residents, such as employment, extra-curricular activities, special programs with other groups in the community and more. In addition, as part of the individualized rehabilitation program in transitioning to independent life, community resources will be combined to empower the residents. As such, congregational members will volunteer to teach residents life skills.
The IMPJ views romantic partnership and marriage with great importance and will support residents who choose to live with a life partner. The IMPJ will develop a relationship support program together with professionals in the field.
Man stamps many coins with one seal, and each is like the other;
but the King, King of Kings, the Holy One, Blessed be He, stamps every man with the seal of Adam and not one of them is like his fellow.
Therefore every man must say "for my sake was the world created.
Mishnah Sanhedrin 4/5