Realizing the right to have a meaningful and loving relationship
Our "Significant Others" project provides romantic empowerment opportunities that enable people with disabilities to nurture prospective and current relationships.
It is open to those living in Shalheveth’s Apartments and to the community at large. The project helps people with physical disabilities realize their right to have a meaningful and loving relationship with another person of their choosing.
The "Significant Others" project has the capacity to bring about important social change with regard to the manner in which people with physical disabilities are related to in Israel.
The project offers a number of workshops throughout the year in cooperation with The Center for Independent Living and individual counselling with professionals in the field of sexuality and relationships.
Understanding the various implications of being in a relationship
Overcoming emotional barriers in order to initiate a relationship
Improving interpersonal skills and relationship skills between partners
Training regarding how to cope with pressure, anger, rejection and disagreements
Awareness training as to the importance of sexual relations for cementing relationships between partners
Variety of options for sexual relations for people with severe physical limitations
פנינה של חיים
Chaim and Penina, tenants of Shalheveth's Apartment Complex in Jerusalem, fall in love and decide to get married.
Produced with the support of the Ruderman Foundation
(c) All Rights Reserved, 2013
Many obstacles threaten the stability of a relationship between two people with severe physical disabilities and the support and encouragement provided through this project are often the key to helping couples stay together. We are very excited to report that as a result of the support that has been provided through the "Significant Others" project, one of the couples involved in the project, Chaim and Pnina, recently married and are living in a Shalheveth apartment!