Focus: Employment for Learning-Disabled Adults

DNA Stage: 
Nurture
Partners: 

Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs and Social Services, Opportunity Centers

Locations: 

Opportunity Centers in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Beersheba, Haifa and Ashdod

About this Program: 

Adults with learning disabilities and ADHD often have difficulty finding and holding down jobs. International data points to relatively high unemployment rates, low wages and status, lack of representation in high-level jobs, and high job turnover rates among this population. Focus, operating since August 2017, was developed to provide a solution for adults whose circumstances attest to difficulties in concentration and learning.

Adults with learning disabilities and ADHD have difficulty transitioning from childhood to adulthood, and often reach maturity with a baggage of failures. They find it difficult to integrate into the workforce and succeed because of the complexity and manifestation of cognitive and behavioral difficulties.

The program focuses on professional guidance that is specifically adapted to the challenges of learning disabilities and/or ADHD, and assists in employment development. Its main emphasis is on perseverance in the workplace. The program includes individual and group counseling, enabling flexibility and dynamism in the transition between the two tracks, as well as between other employment programs, in order to meet the unique needs of each participant.

The program provides tools and strategies for coping with learning disabilities and attention deficit disorders as expressed in the work world, focusing on the strengths and skills of the clients and their empowerment. The program develops and implements universal employment program tools for its specific clientele.

In addition, the program aspires to affect social and economic change, raising awareness of the potential workforce skills of many people in Israeli society who suffer from these disabilities.

What’s Special about the Program?

The program identifies the existence of attention deficit disorders and learning disabilities as a major barrier to integration into employment and focuses its professional guidance on the challenges. The program model and the responses it provides are based on professional knowledge and experts from the field of learning disabilities and attention deficit disorders. It is establishing itself as a provider of professional knowledge for learning and consultations in employment centers, alongside other programs.

How It Works: 

Participants are referred to the program by social workers or other employment programs. After signing up, each individual undergoes a detailed intake process, which is vital for understanding the different barriers to employment faced by each participant.

The intake is followed by long-term personal support of up to one year by a specialist coordinator, and participation in relevant employment readiness workshops. The program also includes specialized training for its staff.

Contact us: 
Limor Haimzon at LimorHa@jdcnet.org