Social Involvement for Students with Disabilities

Social Involvement for Students with Disabilities

The Sybil Wigdor Social Involvement Unit strives to enable disadvantaged students to realize their learning potential despite their limitations, by providing them with the technical, emotional and professional support they need to succeed in their academic studies.
 
The Unit helps students with physical, learning and medical disabilities to cope with the challenges inherent in higher education study and to achieve their academic potential as independently as possible.
 
Hadar Shuvi, the Unit's Coordinator explains that the Sybil Wigdor Social Involvement Unit assists approximately 1,000 students through a variety of critical services, including personal tutoring and counseling, equipment loan, exam adaptation, reading aloud for the visually impaired, workshops to maximize study skills, etc. She highlights two such students:
 
G. is visually impaired as a result of juvenile diabetes. Despite a number of medical procedures, he became fully blind during final exams at the end of his second year of study for his BA. One of his first thoughts was to give up his studies, but he decided to continue and turned to The Sybil Wigdor Social Involvement Unit. 
 
The Unit immediately assigned him a student to read him all the required material for his courses, and write his dictated exam answers. G. credits his impressive accomplishments as a BA student to the Sybil Wigdor Social Involvement Unit. He is currently studying for a doctorate in Social Work, and working in the outpatient mental health unit at Tel Hashomer Hospital. G: "If the Unit hadn't helped me, I would have stopped studying. I never would have achieved what I have without their support."
 
R. suffers from severe learning disabilities and Attention Deficit Disorder. Despite strong discouragement by family and social workers, he decided to pursue an academic degree and he has proven to be one of the shining stars in his field of study, completing his BA in Education. "I want to learn. I can learn," says R. "But without this Unit, I never could have gotten as far as I have. The Sybil Wigdor Social Involvement Unit literally saved me, and I will never forget what they have done for me." R. is now pursuing Social Work studies and he hopes for a career in Clinical Social Work.
 
Hadar Shuvi adds, "These two students, and many others, choose professions which will give them an opportunity for "Tikkun Olam", by helping others to receive the proper attention and understanding which was denied them prior to their experience at Bar-Ilan."
Last modified: 15/11/2010