SHEKELs TV show "Extraordinary TV" on the Israel Community Channel Network will be doing a show in London for the first time.
Josh Aronson, one of the show’s producers and a SHEKEL group home resident, will travel to London at the end of August to interview people with special needs in London. Community TV Trust will do the filming and it will be screened on both shows.
About SHEKEL's TV show" Extraordinary TV"
The mission of the show is to shed new light on the reality of people with functioning difficulties:
SHEKEL-Community Services for People with Special Needs is an NGO in Israel caring for 8000 people, Jews and Arabs, with physical, mental and emotional disabilities. SHEKEL develops and operates programs and services to enable people with disabilities to live, work and participate in activities in the community rather than be shut away in institutions. SHEKEL's main programs are group homes, vocational rehabilitation, clubs and extra-curricular activities, accessibility, rehabilitation of the homeless, trauma treatment for victims of violence and child development. At SHEKEL we believe that people with disabilities have the right to live with dignity and honor in the community and it is society's obligation to provide the programs and services for them to do so, and help them achieve self-fulfillment and self-determination."
For more information about SHEKEL: http://www.shekel.org.il/?
About Josh .
Josh was born in 1986 in Sunderland, UK, the 7th child of 14 of an Orthodox Jewish family . At the age of 3 his family moved to Manchester. At the age of 10 Josh was diagnosed with Asperger, a syndrome on the autism spectrum. Despite his disability, Josh went to regular schools and graduated with honors at the age of 16 from Manchester Mesivta School. Josh began working at restaurants as a cook .
At the age of 18, Josh moved to Israel for personal reasons. After several traumatic experiences at private hostels, Josh found SHEKEL which he describes as the first place he's felt at home in Israel.
Around that time he found himself unexpectedly on Israeli’s popular TV show “Cash Cab” and had his “15 minutes of fame." After the show was broadcast, Josh was told how well he did and how photogenic he was. Josh saw this as an opportunity to “show the world that people with disabilities can succeed in the world of communications”
Very quickly Josh learned the field and a year ago opened on the side his own production company called Jaro Movies. To see some of his work go to: WWW.youtube.com/
Josh will be interviewing for the article Lisa Herman, the blind and autistic girl who sang twice to Her Majesty the Queen and at the England vs. Belgium game at Wembley Stadium.
He will meet with members of the Freewheelers Theatre which brings disabled and non-disabled actors and supporters, production teams and the local community together. They use theatre and dance, wheelchair and voice box technology, multimedia, animations, puppets and shadows to create innovative work. For more info on the Freewheelers:
Chris Haydon, Director of Community TV Trust, says: "My work with the Freewheelers Theatre Company, an inclusive disability performing arts venture, over the past seven or eight years, has shown me what I knew to be true, that media practice and filmmaking is empowering for people from all walks of life. With my background as a TV broadcaster and programmer, I have been able to help individual members of the company create autobiographical documentaries, comedy drama and other short films. Both for me and for the Freewheelers, collaboration with Josh Aronson and SHEKEL in Israel is an exciting development."
Josh Aronson says,“Since I grew up in the UK, it will be exciting for me to work on a programme in England. I’ve always kept a warm place in my heart for British Television. I thank Mr. Haydon for this opportunity and look forward to successful cooperation."