In 2015, the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center started implementing Phase II of the EU-Diakonia funded Project “People with Disabilities in East Jerusalem Enjoy Improved Living Conditions Project” (2015-2017).
This phase of the project is being implemented by The Jerusalem Princess Basma Centre in partnership with Diakona and Society of Saint Yves Catholic Centre for Human Rights with the aim to continue to promote and contribute to increased realization of the rights and entitlements of adults and children with disabilities from East Jerusalem.
With implementing this project, the Jerusalem Princess Basma Centre continues to develop its capacities on providing rehabilitation and education services to children with autism spectrum disorder “ASD”, as well develops knowledge on attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder, as well as outreaching 7 schools in the East Jerusalem area including information and support to families.
Project Achievements up to date:
- The EU project has contributed in building on the existing and cumulative experience in ASD and ADHD in order to further support children with ASD and ADHD. The EU project contributes to the service provision, as PBC is able to deliver a holistic intervention that includes education and medical rehabilitation and psycho-social support.
- Establishing a music therapy unit at the rehabilitation centre.
- Establishing a second classroom for children with ASD at Princess Basma Inclusive School.
- Developing and multi-disciplinary service to provide education and rehabilitation services for children with ASD and ADHD. This multidisciplinary service includes a team of expert practitioners that can provide holistic services to the children, teachers and parents.
- The Jerusalem Princess Basma Centre has also developed protocols of assessment tools, procedures, and interventions for providing rehabilitation and education services for children with ASD and ADHD.
- PBC has signed a memorandum of understanding with 7 schools in the East Jerusalem area defining roles and responsibilities in order to reach the project objectives to provide educational support, a comprehensive rehabilitation services and a psycho-social intervention. The schools are: St. George’s School, Al Hedayeh School, Lady of Pilar School, Rawdet Al Zohour School, Coptic School, Nour Al Quds School and the Jerusalem Princess Basma School, to provide an early intervention service to children with suspected ADHD, in addition to providing capacity building and support to the school teachers.
- The project also delivers psycho-social support services for the parents of the children with ASD and ADHD.
- Also, PBC has established a partnership with special education schools in East Jerusalem with the aim to exchange knowledge and expertise in providing rehabilitation and education services to children with autism spectrum disorder.