Municipal engineers have learned about accaessibility
On September 14th, 2017, Access Israel Association held a professional conference on the issue of Municipal Accessibility; participants included approximately 150 municipal engineers, municipal architects, city planner board engineers, deputy municipal engineers, accessibility coordinators, accessibility licensed, engineers and architects, who came to learn, understand and acquire practical tools about accessibility, as well as update on new legislation and future trends.
The conference took place in the presence of Hod HaSharon Mayor, Hai Adivi, and the Ministry of Law commissioner for equality for people with disabilities, Avrami Torem, who spoke in the opening of the conference (the gist of their speeches follows).
The conference was held with participation of the Federation of Local Authorities and the Israeli Association of Municipal Engineers and Hod HaSharon Municipality, with commissioners for equality for people with disabilities.
The topics of the professional speeches that were in the conference are as follows:
Yuval Wagner, president and founder of Access Israel
"We must realize that we are facing a revolution, a social revolution! nothing more, nothing less. When you create such a large state wide revolution, there are endless obstacles... There can be no revolution without obstacles. Sometimes they are budgets, constraints, professionalism and a thousand and one more things.
Accessibility is not the goal, it is the mean.
The mean to enable people who are destined to live with disabilities to live in your community and in your city. Just live. Get to the grocery store, get to the park, the city hall, schools, and you enable that.
The name of the game is not to have some sort of law or Access Israel Association, the name of the game is everyone's cooperation while striving towards achieving the goal. The name of the game is professionalism.