For the last six years Hana has been working in the disability field in Sakhnin.
Director, Regional Center for Independent Living, Almanal
Immediately after she was born, Hana Shalata was diagnosed with optic atrophy, a severe visual condition that causes blindness. As an Arab Israeli woman with a disability, she faced and overcame significant limitations and barriers stemming from negative attitudes and perceptions. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in education and sociology and a Master’s degree in Gerontology from Haifa University. For the last six years she has been working in the disability field in Sakhnin, a city in the lower Galilee, as coordinator of a supportive community and director of the Regional Center for Independent Living at the Al Manal Organization. The Regional Center provides a variety of services for adults with disabilities, including raising awareness and changing attitudes and stereotypes and advancing employment opportunities for people with disabilities. She has also volunteered and worked with a number of voluntary organizations such as Eran, Women against violence, and the Israeli Cancer Association.