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Accessibility: What Does it Really Mean?

November 2016


L-r: Exterior of the IE Haifa & Northern Israel Branch; experiencing wheelchair accessiblity oustide IE's Beresin Occupational Training Center, site of the accessibility workshop

As part of preparations by Israel Elwyn's Haifa & Northern Israel Branch for the start of a new year of activity, the nonprofit Access Israel was invited to hold an in depth discussion and several workshops on accessibility

Participants in the day's activities included representatives from among IE's service recipients and their families, volunteers and staff.


L-r: Discussing the need for accessibility; simulating the experience of disability  

The focus was on accessibility for the person with disability and society in general. Highlighted were the type of experiences people with disability encounter when the environment has not been made accessible – the sort of thing that people who do not have a disability take for granted.  

These included:

  • Running blindfolded;
  • Using a wheelchair while navigating an obstacle course;
  • Playing basketball and table tennis;
  • Navigating a darkened environment;
  • Finding one's way through a silent environment; and
  • Attempting a shopping trip when hand use is limited.

In sum, the experiences of a person with a disability.  The challenges faced by individuals with intellectual disability - many of whom also have physical disability, were also discussed. Participants concurred that the day's experience had heightened their awareness and sensitivity to this important subject.


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David B. Marcu, Chief Executive Officer

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