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Mar 1, 2015 By Jewish National Fund Category: Special Needs,
Dad of special-needs child visits Israeli haven for the disabled: 'Every emotion was triggered'
Michael Perman and daughter Emily (right) spent a day at the LOTEM - Making Nature Accessible in Emek HaShalom with Alisa Bodner of the Jewish National Fund.
Michael Perman of San Francisco shared the below story for Jewish Disability Awareness Month. Michael is the father of a son with special needs.
After a couple of days in Jerusalem we prepared for our trip north, stopping for trail snacks and fruit at the shuk. At noon, we were met by Alisa Bodner of JNF who would be taking us to LOTEM - Making Nature Accessible nature site outside of Nahal HaShofet, near Yokneam. JNF helped fund the creation of a magical place in Emek HaShalom (the Valley of Peace) where people with special needs can interact with the natural world. We found out about the site through Aaron Parker, a staffer at Jewish National Fund in San Francisco.
What impressed me most about LOTEM were the opportunities for interactivity that stimulates a variety of senses and therefore activates different aspects of our brains. As the father of a son on the autism spectrum, I understand how important it is to make experiences safe, calm, methodical, and understandable for those with such conditions.
LOTEM has taken these factors into consideration in designing its accessible education facility. Shortly after arriving, we picked flowers from its garden, crushed them with a mortar and pestle as if living a thousand years ago, added olive oil, and made them into perfume.
|Everything on LOTEM's nature preserve in Israel's north is meant to be accessible to those with emotional, intellectual,|
and physical disabilities.