A Noble Visit from a Nobel Winner
Jul 15, 2012
The visit of Eric Maskin, winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, to ALEH Negev Nahalat Eran was especially meaningful.
Mr. Maskin is the developer of the implementation theory for achieving social or economic goals. He saw firsthand how ALEH Negev is changing social perceptions of the severely disabled and providing them with a quality of life equal to that of their regular peers.
Rhoda Fischer, President of ALEH Negev and wife of Governor of the Bank of Israel Stanley Fischer, hosted Mr. Maskin on the tour of the village. They were joined by Major General (Res) Doron Almog, Chairman of ALEH Negev.
The Kindergarten for regular children on ALEH Negev grounds is a prime example in the village’s efforts to change social stigmas and perceptions of the severely disabled. These young children interact naturally with the residents of ALEH Negev on a daily basis, in the free and uninhibited language that all children understand. At the same time, they are teaching their parents and siblings to do the same.
“This is an amazing community, where everyone – staff & residents – get to live their lives to the fullest,” Mr. Maskin commented at the close of his visit.