Assessment, Training and Placement Division
· Career Assessment
Migdal Or conducts vocational assessments that are specially adapted for persons with blindness or visual impairment, to help them decide which direction to take in academic or vocational studies, or employment. The assessment examines skills, interests and preferences and forms the basis for a comprehensive individualized program designed to guide the person towards participation in the workplace.
· Preparation for Studies and Employment
Migdal Or provides individual and group courses to prepare people for college or work. Topics include: computers, English, Hebrew, braille, study and work skills, trial work days, introduction to entering the world of work, empowerment groups, career management and more.
· Technology Training
Our computer classrooms in Haifa, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Be'er Sheva are equipped with all the latest technology to enable people with blindness or visual impairment achieve proficiency in computers. Technology training courses are run by qualified instructors for students and working-age people, covering touch-typing, use of Windows operating system, Office applications, Internet and email. According to the individual's needs, lessons make use of various types of technology for screen-enlargement, screen-reading (with or without a Braille monitor), scanning and video magnification.
· Finding a Job
In order to help find a job and build a career, Migdal Or's placement team develops a customized program for each person which includes trial days in various work settings and specific training in assistive technology to prepare for particular work. Both the employee and the employer benefit from ongoing supportive involvement and guidance from our placement coordinator, who is a qualified social worker.
The service includes assessing the work environment for assistive technology needs, lending aids and equipment as necessary, and accompanying the employer in applying for funding to purchase the technology that the new employee needs.
Participants in rehabilitation courses at our Haifa branch who live beyond comfortable commuting distance have the option of staying in our guesthouse for the duration of their course, where they can benefit from accessible recreational and leisure activities when the day's lessons are over.