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SU’s Burton Blatt Institute enters historic partnership with Israel to promote disability rights
SU’s Burton Blatt Institute enters historic partnership with Israel to promote disability rightsJune 07, 2007Jaime Winne Alvarez email@example.com
The Burton Blatt Institute: Centers of Innovation on Disability at Syracuse University (BBI) and the State of Israel’s Ministry of Social Affairs and Services have signed a historic agreement to work together to expand the scope and reach of disability rights in Israel and the United States. This new partnership pairs BBI’s policy, research and outreach expertise, and institutional resources with the Ministry of Social Affairs and Services’ programs and networks on policy, research and advocacy on the status and rights of Israelis with disabilities.
“The BBI-Israel partnership is an important effort to further disability rights in Israel and around the globe. Together, we hope to advance the civic, economic and social participation of Israelis and Americans with disabilities,” says Peter Blanck, SU University Professor and BBI chairman.
“Such an agreement will pave the way for creative policy and broadening of services for people with severe mental and physical disabilities, based on tangible research in the subject,” says Isaac Herzog, Israel’s minister of social affairs and services.
The three initial priorities of the BBI-Israel partnership include employment, emergency preparation and access issues for persons with disabilities. The initial priorities reflect Syracuse University’s Scholarship in Action vision by engaging with the world to address critical social challenges.
“The BBI-Israel partnership connects SU to the world and is a true embodiment of the University’s vision of Scholarship in Action,” says SU Chancellor and President Nancy Cantor. “Through this collaboration, BBI and Israel will help advance persons with disabilities and provide opportunities to enhance their participation in society. We are thrilled to be part of this historic agreement.”
BBI anticipates opening offices in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, in addition to existing locations in Syracuse, Washington, New York and Atlanta. The BBI-Israel partnership anticipates the exchange of experts and community members to advance the agenda for people with disabilities in both countries.
BBI fosters public-private dialogue to advance civic, economic and social participation of persons with disabilities in a global society. BBI takes its name from Burton Blatt (1927-85), a pioneer in humanizing services for people with mental retardation, a staunch advocate of deinstitutionalization and a national leader in special education. For more information, visit BBI at http://bbi.syr.edu