first steps

Did you get a diagnosis that you would rather not hear? Do you think something is wrong with the child’s vision?
What to do?
The most important thing to understand, is that there is a lot to do to help the child. Another thing, you do not have to do it alone, we are also here to support parents. We have decades of experience, feel free to call and if something is not clear, call again and again. We are here to help, listen and guide you.You have already taken the most important step, been interested and came to the Elia website – the association that specializes, treats and promotes babies and children with blindness or visual impairments.
From here, we’ll go hand in hand.
It is important to us that the initial process be as easy and fast as possible, for the child and for you. As we have already noted on the page about why ELIA? Time in the context of starting treatment is important.
There are several steps in the process itself. We will go through them step by step.
We are a non-profit organization and none of the stages, including the expert committee stage, involve no fee.

Stages of entry into the ELI framework

The first phone call to Elia

You are welcome to call the ELI center closest to you. Do not hesitate, we are here for you.
This is an initial introductory conversation in which we will listen and try to understand how we can help you. We will explain to you about us and we would like to get to know you a little.
For example, we will ask why you think the child has a vision problem, we will check if there is a medical diagnosis, if the child has other challenges besides vision, if you arrived following a referral, who is the referring party and what is the background for the referral, do you have documents and what documents do you have? We will also examine age and geographical suitability for rehabilitative day care centers and ELI kindergartens.
Whether the answers to these questions are positive or negative, do not hesitate to call, we will be happy to guide you regarding what you should do, גם ללא קשר למידת ההתאמה שלכם לאלי”ע.If you have documents that we think are important for our professionals to study, we will ask you to provide us with a copy of those documents.
In most cases, at this stage, we recommend contacting the welfare department in your locality and contacting the social worker who treats your area. This turn is done at this stage to save valuable time later.
Also, many times it will be recommended on her face To Social Security.


Internal review of the data within ELI

The professional team of ELI headed by our professional director who is a professor of pediatric optometry (a specialist in pediatric vision system) will go over the information you have passed on to us. The appropriate branch manager, also a professional, will also go over the information.
In fact at this stage we want to examine more in depth and professionally the information you have conveyed to us. It is also a preliminary step for the Introductory Committee. We want to understand the situation so that we can make sure that the meeting with the introductory committee is the most effective.For example, it may be necessary to invite one of the ELIA experts, who deals with a specific side of treatment and rehabilitation, who usually does not sit on the committee.
We believe that each child is special and we tailor the treatment individually to each child and each girl and so does the introductory committee.
At this point if necessary, another phone call will be made to you.


Introductory Committee

At this stage we will invite you to an introductory committee, an introductory committee is an expert committee. These expert committees meet on average once a month. Getting to the committee is free of charge.
On the day of the committee and shortly before entering the committee itself, you will be asked to fill out a personal details form

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