A group of Jewish Americans with the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles are heading to Israel this month. They are on a Mission to make life better for adults with developmental disabilities. They'll be sharing details about what works well here in the US -- like this group home. But there aren't enough of these programs in Los Angeles and they're hoping to find a solution to that problem, in Israel.
21-year-old Esti Krintezman is participating in a summer camp for Jewish teens and young adults with developmental disabilities. The Etta Israel Center operates the camp, as well as three group homes. They currently house 18 people. Not very many, when you consider that according to statistics compiled by the US government, 1 in 88 children have a disability related to Autism.
Adynna Swarz helped organize the Mission, and says one of the goals is to find ways to develop new programs during an economic downturn. Ultimately- they want to see their loved ones enjoy life and contribute to society. That's exactly what these people with disabilities want as well. Among the people going on this Mission are doctors, parents, and even representatives from programs here in Los Angeles. The group will visit in Israel for seven days starting July 20th.
Lindsey Mastis, JN1, Los Angeles.