Gladys Shukur supports military veterans with PTSD, and the deaf and hearing impaired at ORT Geula school
US donor Gladys Shukur has made a generous donation to ‘Soul Key’, a special music rehabilitation program for military veterans with PTSD run by the Israel Conservatory of Music, Tel Aviv; and to deaf and hearing impaired students at ORT Geula school.
Soul Key offers singing and musical instrument lessons to help rehabilitate military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Research shows that music has a therapeutic influence and positively influences emotional and social factors – especially important for PTSD sufferers for whom conventional therapies were not effective. The program includes individual music lessons, playing in ensembles and group activities. The program caters to participants aged 22-62 from across the country who were injured during their military service, from the Yom Kippur War in 1973 to Operation Protective Edge in 2014. All participants reported that the program helped with their rehabilitation. Given the impact of the program to date and the importance of music education, the Conservatory aims to continue to expand Soul Key in order to help more sufferers of PTSD.
ORT Geula is a technology high school (for grades 9-12), which caters to students who struggle to succeed in standard educational frameworks. Many of the students have learning disabilities, come from low socio-economic backgrounds or have limited family support. The school has a special track for students who are deaf or hearing impaired. These students require additional emotional support through the school psychologist to help them thrive academically.