"Shavvim", giving a voice to people with disabilities

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NGO Shavvim ("Equal" in Hebrew) was founded in August 2019, with the aim of advancing 1.5 million people with disabilities and their successful integration in to Israeli society. Nowadays, this community faces discrimination, prejudice, poor accessibility (if any), as well as lack of effective and consistent advocacy.

There are hundreds of organizations in Israel that focus on people with disabilities, providing them with important services in many fields. However, currently (and in the foreseeable future), Shavvim is the only NGO in Israel that gives people with disabilities a voice in an innovative and unique way, using mass media tools. This is a new internet website that is entirely and exclusively focused on people with disabilities, their concerns and needs.

Shavvim, however, is not only a voice for the community but also of the community. Our aim is to train and empower young adults with disabilities in the journalism vocations in order to have their unique point of view, strengths and capabilities presented in public media. As interns, they will function as correspondents in their own right, who will be responsible for most of Shavvim's content. They will be paid equal and fair salaries from day one for their work. Finally, as well trained professionals, Shavvim will facilitate their entry positions in the media industry and follow their road to success.

Integration of people with disabilities in the media is extremely important in more than one way: it will significantly increase their visibility as able, productive, valuable and functioning professional, thus inspiring their peers and, at the same time, challenging public stigmas. It will broaden their livelihood opportunities; and, as part of the mainstream media, they themselves will be able to give voice to and advocate for their community as a whole.

Shavvim's founder: Idan Motola (44) is a senior correspondent with rich experience in large media outlets (i.e., "TheMarker," "Yediot Aharonot" and Channel 12 News). Motola is a father of Ohad, a lovely boy of 15 who was diagnosed years ago with autism. Shavvim therefore combines the two worlds dearest to him: people with disabilities and the journalism profession.

We would appreciate your help and support by sponsoring the training and development of

Best regards,
Idan Motola,
CEO, Shavvim

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