Abbass Abbass

Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2010


This profile was prepared when Abbass Abbass was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2010.
The image of a lighthouse is a powerful one: It connotes safety, illumination, hope, and knowledge. For the blind and visually impaired Arab inhabitants of Israel—a marginalized community within a marginalized community—AlManarah (Lighthouse), a first-of-its-kind self-help organization in the Arab society in Israel, founded in 2005 by advocate Abbass Abbass, provides both hope and guidance, a sense of community and a path for personal and social transformation. Abbass seeks to change the way Arab society in Israel, and further afield, views and integrates those with visual and other disabilities, and seeks to turn exclusion into inclusion.
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