Special Needs

About the Special Needs Program

ITEC’s Special Needs Program provides a nurturing environment where children and adults with intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities can feel comfortable and valued for who they are, build friendships, and become a part of a welcoming community.

From the age of 3 through to young adulthood, ITEC offers a variety of support services, with sessions brought directly into special needs classrooms as well as hosted on site at the tennis centers for specialized programs. Weekly programming includes creative workshops and sports activities to help develop important social skills, create healthy habits, build self-confidence, and foster a sense of independence.

In addition to the development of cognitive and motor skills, success is measured by the smiles that convey enhanced self-esteem, confidence, and a sense of belonging.

Over 350 children participate in ITEC’s Special Needs programs at the following centers:

  • Akko
  • Arad
  • Ashkelon
  • Beer Sheva
  • Galilee-Sajur
  • Haifa
  • Jerusalem
  • Kiryat Ono
  • Kiryat Shmona
  • Ofakim
  • Ramat Hasharon
  • Tel Aviv
  • Tiberias
  • Yokneam

ITEC offers a variety of specialize programs for children and young adults with intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities.

Hearing Impaired Children
This program serves children and youth with severe hearing deficiencies and offers tennis and fitness activities according to their unique needs.

Autistic & Down Syndrome
Children with autism or Down Syndrome require special programs that are geared to their unique challenges. This program enables them to enjoy social interaction and increase their self-esteem.

Wheelchair Tennis
This program provides opportunities for children and young adults with physical disabilities to participate in physical activity in a normative framework. ITEC also hosts several international ITF wheelchair tournaments each year and many of our students compete in these events.

Serving children and youth with high energy and short attention spans, this program is geared towards building confidence and teaching concentration skills through physical activities that allow participants to channel their energies in a positive direction.

Special Olympics Training
This program is a joint partnership between the Israel Tennis & Education Center and the Special Olympics, empowering children and adults with developmental disabilities through local, national and international tennis tournaments and activities. Participants of this program train weekly for five national Special Olympics tennis tournaments each year, while the most talented participate in international Special Olympics.