Brief Summary for Rosh Hashana / New Year by Access Israel
|On the eve of the Jewish new year, we would like to wish you all Shana Tova, a happy new year of health and accessibility|
On the eve of the Jewish new year, we would like to wish you all Shana Tova, a happy new year of health and accessibility.
We have put together for you a review of our activities during the past year.
Access Israel promotes the accessibility and inclusion for people with disabilities and the elderly via three major channels – awareness evoking activities, legislation and regulation activities in Israel’s parliament and government ministries, and maximum impact implementation activities.
During the past year, in addition to our ongoing activities of accessibility consulting, information accessibility, training and professional courses, awareness and preconception changing activities with youth in Israel’s education system, as well as various other activities throughout Israel, we have put covid restrictions behind us and resumed full face to face and in-person operations.
Starting with our most recent highlight – Access Israel’s 8th international convention was held in early September, with 800 participants of which 120 were from around the globe, 107 professional presentations and exciting side events. The convention enhances professionalism and empowers all who are involved in promoting accessibility while strengthening the networking within our international community.
We simultaneously focus on improving accessibility in two aspects of time: the current and immediate aspect and the midrange to distant future. “Making the future accessible” means making sure that any solution, product, or technology is designed and made with accessibility standards built in and integrated at the drawing board phase.
Promoting accessibility in the current and immediate time aspect:
Accessibility of public transportation– Accessible taxis, inter city buses, tourist buses, revision of parking permits and spaces, and aviation accessibility.
Accessibility in the public health system – Accessible service, accessibility of examination equipment and medication.
Accessibility of recreational activities – Nature and outdoor trails, event accessibility and accessibility of public beaches.
Accessible payment and finance tools – Accessible fintech and overall service in the time of physical branches closures.
New professional accessibility programs for new areas of accessibility – Accessible parking for electrical vehicles, automated parking facilities, garbage disposal rooms in apartment complexes, advanced accessibility arrangement advertising, emergency evacuation protocols for people with disabilities, and installation of EMV type payment clearing devices.
Israel’s parliament – Extensive and intensive participation in various parliamentary committees on multiple accessibility related subjects.
Israel’s supreme court – Appealing the supreme court to compel the proper completion by the government of installing the new accessibility regulations as stated in the equal opportunity for people with disabilities act.
Promoting accessible technologies.
Promoting accessibility and raising awareness country wide with emphasis on peripheral areas.
Promoting accessibility in the mid to long range time aspect:
The POSSIBLE enterprise – An Israel based international initiative aimed at making technologies and services accessible by design for all types of disabilities.
Creating a DNA of accessibility within Israel’s youth – Various activities spanning all K-12 levels to instill and promote natural accessibility awareness and state of mind.
Enhancing Israel’s local and international tourism accessibility.
The international aspect:
For the last eight years Access Israel has been highly active internationally, aiming to share its vast experience with the world as well as study and learn from international colleagues. We are involved in and contribute to:
An international network of accessibility-oriented entities – comprising over 4,000 participants from over 120 countries, holding international webinars and professional meetings throughout the year.
Global Accessibility & Inclusion Leaders' Summit (GAILS)
A new forum initiated by Access Israel comprised of global leaders in accessibility and inclusion.
Sharing of knowledge and models – Helping countries, cities and organizations with knowledge and experience acquired in Israel.
The emergency aspect:
The past year saw the eruption of the dreaded war of Russia in Ukraine. Following calls from our international network partners and learning of the dangers facing disabled and elderly people in war zones, Access Israel initiated operation Purple Vest–
sponsored by The Nippon Foundation, with additional donations from Accessibility Accelerator and other donors.
We extract to safety those in need and assist with medical equipment, medication, and humanitarian aid those who choose to stay. Thus far, more than 2,000 people with disabilities and elderly were rescued and more than 6,000 received crucial at home assistance. For the moment, activities are focused on Ukraine and Poland, but we are advancing a comprehensive global plan for emergency and disaster protocols suitable and inclusive for people with disabilities and the elderly.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all who promote accessibility in the world, in government, in local municipalities, businesses and non-profit organizations, and to all professionals in this field.
A special thank you to the donors, the volunteers, our governing board and especially our amazing, devoted staff members.
This is also an opportunity to ask you to donate and take part in our cause – we would greatly appreciate any contribution for this coming new year.
For contributions, click here: https://secured.israelgives.org/donate/negishut
Wishing you Shana Tova, a happy and good new year in health and accessibility for us all.
Yuval Wagner, founder and chairman
Michal Rimon, CEO
Rani Benjamini, Co Founder and Treasurer