Beit Issie Shapiro, Israel’s leading disabilities organization, has announced it will set up the country’s first Center of Excellence for Cerebral Palsy and severe motor disabilities. This has been made possible by the generosity of New Yorkers Eileen and Jerry Lieberman, long-time and dedicated supporters and members of the NY Board of Trustees. Mr. Lieberman is also the former President and Chief Operating Officer of Alliance Bernstein L.P.
The Lieberman Inter-Disciplinary Center is expected to impact thousands of people, and will be the leading authority on Cerebral Palsy in Israel.
The Center will encompass all the work at Beit Issie Shapiro related to Cerebral Palsy, and will allow the organization to document its knowledge, expertise and best practice so it can be shared and implemented by others.
Approximately one in every 1,000 people in Israel suffers from Cerebral Palsy, a brain disorder that disrupts the ability to control motor movements. One of the greatest challenges facing children and adults with cerebral palsy is their often lifelong dependence on others.
Beit Issie Shapiro is renowned for its innovations to improve quality of life for people with disabilities. It already shares best practice globally through its Special Consultative Status to the UN’s Economic and Social Council.
The Lieberman Center will provide professionals, as well as families dealing with CP, with Beit Issie Shapiro’s latest research findings. BIS’ Knowledge Management process will ensure that the professional research is easily understandable to the general public. The Center will develop guides and run training seminars and conferences for people with CP, parents and professionals.
“At Beit Issie Shapiro, we believe that every child who has CP has the right to the full realization of their ability to live as independent a life as possible,” says Lili Levinton, Director of Professional Services. “We are committed to ensuring the fulfillment of this right. We want to share our knowledge in order to improve services everywhere. The Lieberman Cerebral Palsy Center of Excellence will do just that.”
Jerry and Eileen Lieberman and Naomi Stuchiner, Beit Issie Shapiro’s Founding President will be receiving the American Friends of Beit Issie Shapiro Humanitarian Award at its celebration on November 5th 2014. For information, and to register please go to AFOBISNYGala.org