Independent Living for People with Disabilities

Closing the gap in opportunities for full participation in society and independent living between people with and without disabilities in Israel

Current Measures


average income

of Israelis with disabilities. 25% less than that of Israelis without disabilities ($3,094).


people live in institutions

compared to 20,000 in the United States (population of 8 m. compared to 320).


of Israelis with disabilities feel lonely

compared to 3% in the general population.

The Challenge

There is a wide gap in opportunities for full participation in society and independent living between people with and without disabilities in Israel. This causes health, financial, social, and emotional damage to people with disabilities and their families, hurts labor productivity, and impairs social cohesion – all of which harm the economy.

Worth Noting

80% of people with disabilities in Israel were not born with a disability; and 47% of Israelis with disabilities have more than one disability.


Hotline for People with Disabilities

Goals: Moked Amitim (Hotline for Friends) is a national call center to help people with disabilities know their rights and access social services online. It is part of Joint-Israel Unlimited’s Centers for Independent Living (CIL) program, which offers community-based assistance to people from all religions and backgrounds, and with all types of disabilities, including physical, […]

Affordable Housing

Goals: To create a model for providing affordable housing to people with disabilities that supports long-term independent living in the community. To pilot the model by purchasing 25 apartments for people with disabilities who are not eligible for public housing. The Need: People with disabilities struggle to find long-term housing solutions. Part of the problem […]

Supportive Housing

Goals: To help people with disabilities move from family or supervised homes to living independently in the community. To develop support services for people with disabilities who already live independently in the community but who require professional assistance and guidance. The Need: While a vast majority of people with disabilities in Israel live within the […]

Personal Budgets

Goals: To move Israel’s model for social service provision for people with disabilities from one that is based on the “main” type of disability to one that is person-centered and tailored to each individual’s unique set of needs To save costs in social services through this model by ensuring that services provided match needs The […]

Success Stories

The personal story and success of every program participant is a whole world in itself. We invite you to get to know the people behind the numbers.

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