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Research interests

My interdisciplinary research focuses on the fields of disability studies, mental health, rehabilitation, and digital communication and social technologies (including mHealth). I explore the social and emotional aspects of living with a lifelong disability, including community participation, quality of life, and well-being of adults and older adults with intellectual and other developmental disabilities, psychiatric disabilities, and chronic illnesses. I explore the participation of people with disabilities in various life domains e.g., employment, education, and social and romantic relationships, from individual and family perspectives. As a mother with a lifelong physical disability, I am particularly interested in exploring the parenthood of adults with disabilities, the dynamics and relationships among these families, and the implications on the children’s well-being.

My personal experience as a woman with a disability has influenced my academic work and community advocacy. Below are examples of my past and current research projects and community activities:

  1. Promoting the well-being of people with disabilities (SDG-3): Understanding the experiences and unmet needs of parents with disabilities and their children; Using digital communication technology to maintain contact between older adults with intellectual disabilities who live in out-of-home supported residence and their families during COVID-19; A (voluntarily) member of Access Israel.
  2. Promoting inclusive education (SDG-4): Exploring the experiences of students with disabilities and administrative and academic staff members toward making the academic environment more accessible; A (voluntarily) member of the advisory committee for a social enterprise - "Flying toward the academic degree” – aimed to support the needs of students with disabilities.
  3. Promoting gender equality (SDG-5): Research projects that focus on the empowerment of women and mothers with disabilities.
  4. Reducing inequality in society (SDG-10): A member of a local musical ensemble of singers with and without a disability.
  5. Promoting the rights of people with disabilities (SDG-16): An academic representative of a round table managed by the Ministry of Law on the right of adults with disabilities to become parents; A co-chairwoman of “Haifa Forum of Disability Studies” to promote critical and ethical discussions on issues related to the people with disabilities.

External positions

COST Action (Europe) No. CA18236: "Multi-disciplinary innovation for social change" (SHIINE - https://socialchangelab.eu/).

20192023

Member of Board of Directors, Parenting SIRG, IASSIDD (https://iassidd.org/sirgs/parenting-with-intellectual-disabilities/ )

2019 → …

COST Action (Europe) No. IS1311: "Intergenerational Family Solidarity across Europe" (INTERFASOL)

20142018

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