Haruv Institute - Annual Report 2016 - Summary

A Project to Facilitate Interrogation and Testimony and Make it Accessible to People with Complex Communication Disabilities, Via Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC) – a Four-Year Project In 2016 the Augmentative Alternative Communication method (AAC), that had run for the past five years (since 2013), came to an end. The aim of this project was to create a tool that would facilitate the process of investigation and testimony in court. The Haruv Institute led the program to make investigation and testimony accessible via augmentative alternative communication (AAC), in collaboration with JDC-Israel; Ashalim; TheWelfareMinistry andSocial Services, theService for Child Investigations and Special Investigations and Disabilities Departments of the Welfare Ministry; the Education Ministry – Special Education Branch, SHEFI (psychological consultation service); the National Insurance Institute; the Isaac Israel Organization (NGO); the Ministry of Justice – State Attorney’s Office; Israel Police. (For further details and information search the Haruv Institute internet site – Project for making investigation accessible to people with complex communication disabilities via augmentative alternative communication (AAC).

Nekudat Mifgash (Meeting Point) Newsletter

The newsletter, “Nekudat Mifgash”, is published twice a year. One issue is dedicated to the entire scope of topics relevant to the issue of child abuse, while the second issue is dedicated to one chosen subject. The newsletter’s contribution is in creating an infrastructure for discourse, cooperation and coordination between the various agencies, by making information accessible both in the academic world and in the field, on child abuse issues that are of interest to the professional congregation. The newsletter includes articles on a wide variety of topics related to child abuse, including legal, therapeutic and research aspects and reviewing special projects. In 2016 the newsletter was turned into a digital format, making it more accessible and more comfortable for reading and research. The digital format is distributed through a mailing list of the Haruv Institute and students in the field, and is accessible on the institute’s website. The newsletter is also printed and distributed among the attendees of the institute’s training programs and seminars. In both its digital and printed format, the newsletter is distributed to about 10,000 professionals.


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