Special Needs

About the Special Needs Program

The disability programs offered at ITEC centers provide a nurturing environment where children and adults with intellectual and developmental needs 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 young adulthood, ITEC offers a variety of support services, with sessions brought directly into classrooms and 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 developing cognitive and motor skills, success is measured by the smiles that convey enhanced self-esteem, confidence, and a sense of belonging.

Close to 400 children with disabilities participate in ITEC’s programs at the following centers:

  • Akko
  • Arad
  • Ashkelon
  • Beer Sheva
  • Galilee-Sajur
  • Haifa
  • Jaffa
  • 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.

Autistic & Down Syndrome
Children with autism or Down Syndrome require special programs that are geared to their unique challenges. Our 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, our special needs programs are 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 Centers and the Special Olympics, empowering children and adults with developmental disabilities through local, national and international tennis tournaments and activities.