From your Friends at Access Israel to
23rd – 27th of May 2019, Tel – Aviv, Israel.
Access Israel's 7th International Conference
We are very excited to have you here with us for Access Israel's 7th International Conference 2019! This year, we have grown in the number of international guests, which we are very happy about. We truly believe that by coming together and sharing knowledge and experience we can achieve more and create a world that is accessible and inclusive for everyone.
This conference is a great opportunity to meet, exchange knowledge, learn about each other's amazing work and built an international network. We are looking forward to get to know our new guests and deepen our friendship with our annual guests.
We have exciting events planned for you in the upcoming days and hope that you will enjoy it.
Founder and President
Co Founder and Treasurer
Transportation to Events:
We organize pickups to all the events that we have planned during these days, so you don’t have to worry about arriving to the events. The buses will leave from the Mendeli Hotel and Dan Panorama Hotel. If you are not staying in one of these two hotels, please make sure to arrive to one of the two locations on time.
Here are the addresses of the pick up locations:
Mendeli Hotel: Mendeli Street 5, Tel Aviv
Dan Panorama Hotel: Kaufmann Street 10, Tel Aviv
If you don’t plan to come with the organized buses to any of the events, please let us know, so we know not to wait for you.
Sharon Kessler; email@example.com Tel: +972-54-6209847
Schedule for the international Guests 23rd - 27th May
Thursday 23 May, 2019
This day is intended to introduce you to Israeli stakeholders in the field of accessibility and inclusion for people with disabilities. We tried to arrange meetings that are the most relevant to your background and interest. We hope that these meetings will help you build relationships with the Israeli experts and stakeholders in the field.
08:00 - Pick up from the Hotel.
08:30 - 09:00 Arrival to the Export Institute and assembling
09:00 - 09:30 Welcome words by Michal Rimon, CEO of Access Israel
09:30 - 09:50 Avremi Torem, Commissioner for Equal Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Israel
09:50 - 10:10 Matan Zamir from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
10:10 - 10:30 Eyal Cerlin from Ministry of Tourism
10:30 - 10:45 Representative from Export Institute
11:00 - 15:00 Customized meetings*
15:30 - 18:30 Break
*We will send you your personal schedule with the customized meetings in the days before the conference
In the last decades Israel has developed to a "Start-Up Nation" and is constantly developing many exciting start-ups and technologies. Israel is also home to innovative technologies that help create a more accessible and inclusive society. Therefore, we organize this "Technological Speed Dating Event" in order to introduce you to the exciting and innovative technologies. The technological speed dating event is designed in a way that it will allow everyone to sit down with the technologies that interests them. The evening is built like a traditional "speed dating" events but instead of meeting with a potential romantic partner, you meet with companies and technologies that interest you. All the companies that take part in this event will introduce themselves in the beginning of the evening and you will have time to choose with which technology you would like to meet.
Technological Speed dating event – Google Israel
This year the "Speed dating event" is hosted by Google and will take place in the Google Israel Offices in Tel Aviv.
Address: Yigal Alon St 98, Electra Building, Tel Aviv-Yafo
Pick up from Hotels: 18:00
18:30 – 19:30 Entrance and light dinner
19:30 – 20:30 Welcome word by Google
20:30 - 22:00 Speed dating rounds
22: 00 End of the event and ride back to the hotels
* Enjoy your night at Tel Aviv
Friday 24th May, 2019
Jerusalem is a city in the Middle East and the capital of Israel it's also the city with the largest population in Israel. It’s a very unique city because of its religious connection not only to the Jews but also Muslims and Christians. Jerusalem has a lot of historical sites like the Western Wall, Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Dome of the Rock, City of David and more. In the more modern center of Jerusalem has a large selection of restaurants, cafes, and stores.
Accessible day trip to Jerusalem
During this trip we will visit the Jewish area as well as the Christian area of the city. We will also visit the old city and the Western Wall (Kotel). Visitors are asked to dress appropriate when going to the Western Wall. It is recommended to come with a scarf or a cardigan in order to cover the arms (until elbow length) and legs (to the knees) for women. If you don't have anything with you, don't worry, they have scarfs provided for these situations.
06:30 - 07:00 Breakfast
07:10 Mendeli bus depart to the Dan Panorama Hotel
07:15 - 07:30 Bus - preparation for departure
07:30 - 08:45 Journey to Jerusalem
2 Trips Options: There will be two groups, one that is more focused for first time visitors and the other group that is for visitors who have been to Jerusalem before and would like to see something else.
Group 1 – Trip for First time visitors:*
(Visitors who have been to Jerusalem and would like to see something else) *
Group 2 – Trip for Experienced visitors
*subject to change
Two Groups Together
16:30-17:30 Ride back to Tel Aviv (Expected time of arrival to hotels- 17:45)
Friday night dinner
Pick up from the Hotel: 19:30. Dinner - 20:00 -22:30.
On Friday evening you will enjoy a traditional Shabbat dinner at Yuval Wagner's house.
Saturday 25 May, 2019
Tel Aviv is the second most populated city in Israel. Tel Aviv is the most modern metropolis in Israel. Things that attract tourist in Tel Aviv are: Tel Aviv's amazing beaches, Jaffa one of the world oldest port city with both new and old architecture, Tel Aviv night life, its rich history and more.
Accessible day trip in Tel Aviv
Pick up from the Hotel: 10:00
09:45 Mendeli bus depart to the Dan Panorama Hotel
10:00 Both buses depart from the Dan Panorama Hotel
10:00 - 15:00 Tour to Jaffa
15:30 Arrival back in the Hotels
* Enjoy your afternoon, night at Tel Aviv
More information will follow soon.
Sunday 26, May 2019
Access Israel's 7th International Conference
Pick up from the Hotel: 07:30
08:00 - 09:00: Registration and entrance
09:00 – 9:25: Welcome remarks
9:25 -10:15: Inspiring opening lectures
10:15 – 10:45: Accessible Technology
Ms. Sabine Lobnig, Policy Officer and coordinator of the Mobile and Wireless Forum representing 98% of all producers of Mobile Units worldwide, MWFAI, Austria- GARI , Global Reporting Initiative
10:45 – 11:05: The Future of Accessibility
11:10 – 11:50: Barrier Free Tourism
Chair: Mr. Amir Halevi, Director General, Ministry of Tourism, Israel- Challenges on the way to accessible tourism in Israel
Mr. Ralf Schliwa, Vice President and Executive Expert Overall Cabin, AIRBUS- Plans for an accessible airplane for accessible tourism
Mr. Magnus Berglund, Accessibility Director at Scandic Hotels, Sweden- What can we learn from the most accessible Hotel chain in the world
11:50 – 12:30: Global Models for the implementation of Accessibility
Mr. Christopher Lee, Managing Director & Chief Learning Officer of IAAP, USA - The IAAP professional certification for accessibility experts
Ms. Susan Scott Parker, Founder of the Business Disability International & the Global Procurement Taskforce, UK - Models to implement accessibility in businesses
12:40 – 13:20: Accessibility in the USA – focusing on New York, Los Angeles and Chicago
13:20 – 14:20: Urban Accessibility - Initiatives and challenges from around the world
14:15 -14:30 Adam Polachek, CEO of Leo Burnett, Israel
14:30 – 14:45 Award for the prize for "Promoting Accessibility in the Israeli Media" in 2018
14:45 – 15:00: Access Israel Prize in Memory of Simcha Lustig
15:00 Side Event with the Swedish Embassy
AccessAbility – beyond physical environments: A photo exhibition in partnerhsip with the Swedish Institute and the Swedish Embassy in Tel Aviv: The exhibition portrays 14 people with disabilities from the Swedish exhibition and 14 people with disabilities from Israel and speaks about their lifes with a disability in Israel and abroad
Lunch / End of the conference
The "Feast of the Senses" dinner will take place in the Millennium hotel in Raanana.
Feast of the Senses dinner
Pick up from the hotel: 19:30
20:00 – 22:30 Feast of the Senses Dinner
Background on the "Feast of the Senses"
Access Israel offers the program 'Feast of the Senses', an experiential dinner that allows the participants to experience a meal through the eyes of people with disabilities. The meal simulates visual, hearing and physical disabilities and creates a unique experience that changes the perception and understanding one had about people with disabilities. At the feast, participants go through an emotional and educational experience.
The participants are served with three courses; the first course is served while their eyes are covered, the second course while their hands are covered with special gloves and the third while their ears are covered in order to simulate the loss of the senses. During the meal an open dialog is held with people with the specific disability which the participants experience. We aim to enable each participant to get to know the person behind the disability, how he/she manages to integrate into society, their needs and their success stories. In addition, participants experiment with sign language and braille, and learn about accessibility. The dinner is a way to stimulate the senses and introduce participants to experiences they never encountered before in order to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities.
Monday, 27 May, 2019
Workshops and roundtables
Pick up from the hotels: 07:30
08:00 – 08:45 Entrance
There will be four rounds of parallel workshops, each 90 mins long. During each round there will be four workshops. Every guests will be asked to choose one workshop for each he would like to join.
Round 1 : 08:45 – 10:00
Chair of the session: Dr. Revital Shurtz-Swirski, Head of Access Israel North, Vice-mayor and council member in her town Kiryat-Bialik, Israel
Dr. Orna Eran, Orit Spra- Tubul and Galia Shemesh, Israel- The Accessible City Model of Shoham, from Vision to reality
James Thurston, Vice President for Global Strategy and Development, G3ict, USA- How G3ict helps to promote accessibility in the world's leading cities
Liora Schechter, CIO &Smart City Director Tel Aviv Municipality, Israel– Tel Aviv - Accessible Smart City
Dr. Avi Ramot, Non-Profit Organization Shekel, Israel- Challenges of making the old city of Jerusalem accessible
Irene Mbari-Kirika, Founder and Executive Director of inABLE, Kenya- Challenges in making a developing country accessible
Sven Michaelis and Kathrin Bצgelsack, Norway- Mapping Norway –Register and Survey the Status of Accessibility
Accessible Websites & Application led by IAAP
Alon Zakai, Founder and CEO of A-2-Z, Accessibility and marketing in the internet, Israel - 5 Common mistakes in keeping digital organizations accessible
Ricardo Garcia, AccessiblityOZ, - The most accessible media player in the world
Lisa Seeman, founder of Athena ICT, facilitator of the Cognitive and Learning Disabilities Accessibility Task Force (COGA), committee member of the WCAG– Making websites accessible for people with cognitive disabilities in the framework of the wcag 2.1
Taliah Aviran, Accessibility Check in applications, Certified Professional in Web Accessibility (CPWA)
Bruno von Niman, ICT accessibility standardization in Europe - A user centered, accessible and harmonized terminology for current and upcoming ICT devices, services and application.
Round 2: 10:15 – 11:30
Google - Accessibility at Google
Join Googlers to learn about Android, Chrome, Chrome OS, Google Home and Assistant, Google Maps, and recently announced Google products.
Culture for All
Round 3: 11:45 – 13:00
Advanced Accessible Services
Technologies Promoting Accessibility led by Microsoft
Chair: Moshe Gaon, YOOCAN
Adi Mor Biran, marketing manager at Microsoft cloud Middle East and Africa
More information will follow soon
Inclusive Employment of People with Disabilities
Guy Simchi, Director of Employment for People with Disabilities, Israel -Promoting inclusion in Israel, challenges and success
Racheli Regev, Head of Access Israel Eilat and accessibility consultant, Access Israel - Making the employment chain more accessible
Round 4: 13:15 – 14:30
Justice for All and Political Participation
Chair of the session: James Thurston, Vice President for Global Strategy and Development, G3ict, USA
Karis Elharar, Member of Knesset and lawyer, The legal basis in Israel
Richard Bernstein, Supreme Court Judge of Michigan, USA
Dr. Gaby Admon, Commission for Equal Rights for People with Disabilities, Ministry of Justice -Activities of the Commission for Equal Access to the Legal System
Kjell Stjernholm, Studiefצrbundet Vuxenskolan SV, Sweden- Accesible elections for people with cognitive disabilities
Matan Bar Noy, Orcam – Pilot of accessibility in elections for people with visual disabilities
There might be changes in the schedule
More Information on Israel and Tel Aviv
Israel is a country in the Middle East its capital is Jerusalem and the official language is Hebrew and Arabic. Israel declared Independence in the year 1948 and defines itself to be a Jewish and democratic state. While the majority of Israelis are Jews it also has a high minority count of Arabs. The most unique places in Israel are Jerusalem Israel capital and a city with a lot of connections to different religions, Tel Aviv Israel more modern city also called "the city which never sleeps, the Dead Sea the lowest place on earth and a sea with high concentration of salt, the salt in the dead sea is also renowned for its health and healing properties and the galilee with its history.
Accessible Recommended places in Tel Aviv to visit
Tel Aviv Promenade: Nothing is quite like taking a stroll along this seaside promenade, breathing in the fresh and salty air of the Mediterranean Sea. Many spectacular sights such as the city's skyscrapers and the beautiful shore can be seen on this promenade.
Jaffa Flea Market: Jaffa's Flea Market, or Shuk HaPishpeshim, as it is called in Hebrew, is filled with unique sights and smells, incredible, restaurants and hotels. The Flea market offers a wide range of shops and restaurants to explore.
Jaffa Port: The Jaffa Port is one of the oldest known harbors in the world. Nowdays the port mostly serves as an entertainment facility incorporating a boardwalk and warehouses hosting bars, fish restaurants and shops. The port also hosts the nonprofit Nalaga'at Centre, home to a deaf-blind theatre company.
Rotschild Boulevard: Rothschild Boulevard was one of the first streets to be built in the city of Tel Aviv. It is located in the heart of the city and is filled with a rich variety of restaurants. The area hosts the main theater and concert hall of Tel Aviv and major financial institutions.
Carmel Market: The Carmel Market is the largest market in Tel Aviv. The Carmel Market is a vibrant marketplace where traders sell anything, from clothing to spices, and fruit to electronics, visiting the Carmel Market is a fascinating thing to do in Tel Aviv.
Neve Tzedek: Neve Tzedek might be one of Tel Aviv’s oldest districts. Neve Tzedek was the first Jewish neighborhood outside of the old port city of Jaffa. In recent times the district has been going restoration works that have taken it to its former glory. Nowdays, you can explore Neve Tzedek to a variety of intriguing shops and restaurants.
Tel Aviv Museum of Art: The Tel Aviv Museum of Art is Israel's largest museum. The museum shows the works of both Israeli and international artists including impressionism and post-impressionism. Permanently on display include the works of Cezanne, Chagall, Dali, Monet, Henri Moore, Auguste Rodin, Archipenko, Picasso, Klimt, Kadinsky
Sarona: Sarona, once a German Templar colony, is a newly renovated beautiful complex in the heart of Tel Aviv, at the heart of new central business district. Sarona offers a unique shopping experience and houses many diverse restaurants.
Tel Aviv Port: Tel Aviv Port has recently been restored and is now one of the hottest places in town. During the day, the cafes and stores at Tel Aviv Port offer you an enriching experience, and if that's not enough, the port is also one of Tel Aviv’s most popular nightlife venues.
Hilton Beach: Hilton Beach is a well-known beach in Tel Aviv, one of the most popular amongst locals and tourists alike. The beach is also an excellent choice for those looking to surf, suntan, and swim. The Hilton beach is located in front of the Hilton hotel on the northern part of the boardwalk. All the beaches in Tel Aviv are accessible
The Maravi beach ('The Western beach' in Hebrew) aka Manta Ray beach, is the last sandy beach before hitting Jaffa. Accessible beach close to your hotels
Touring the Tech Distriv of Tel Aviv
Sarona Market: Sarona Market is an extraordinary culinary center in Tel Aviv. The market boasts over 100 business, including 40 eateries, and tens of fine food stalls, and offers a distinct culinary experience.
Recommended Restaurants in or next to the beach line:
Mezizim: Mezizim is a restaurants in the beach with a modern atmosphere with all kinds of diners you can sit or at the beach in the sand or inside the restaurant to eat Middle Eastern food, fish and more or drink some of their cocktails
Address: Havakuk HaNavi St 1, Tel Aviv-Yafo
Chassis: Chassis is a restaurant with a view to the sea they serve meat, fish, sea food and more
Address: Kidron St 44, Tel Aviv-Yafo, 61410
Calypso: Calypso is a beach restaurant with one of the best locations in Tel Aviv Promenade this place I perfect for people who wants great beer in front of the waves or sun bathe. You can sit on the beach, the balcony or inside.
Address: Shlomo Lahat Promenade 17, Tel Aviv-Yafo
La la land: is placed in the most desirable location in Tel Aviv gorden beach. The interior of the restaurant is designed in an urban style and inside with tables it's decorated like a beach with sand and umbrellas and decorative lampshades.
Address: Herbert Samuel 131 Tel Aviv
More Food info: https://www.timeout.com/israel/restaurants
Tel Aviv Municipality – Non Stop city: https://www.tel-aviv.gov.il/en
For more information on things to do in Tel Aviv:
Secret Tel Aviv: https://www.secrettelaviv.com/tours
Tel Aviv TimeOut: https://www.timeout.com/israel/tel-aviv
Toursit Israel Guide: https://www.touristisrael.com/visit-israel/
Hello - Shalom
Basic English Hebrew dictionary:
Yes - Ken
No - Lo
Thanks - Toda
Please - Bevakasha
Sorry - Slicha
True - Nachon
Bye - Lehitraot
Good morning - Boker tov
Good evening - Laila tov
I don’t speak Hebrew - Ani lo medaber ivrit
All is good – Sababa
How much it cost? – Kama ze ole?
Transportation Accessibility Info
Ben Gurion Air Port Accessibility
Trains - Passengers with Reduced Mobility
If you require assistance from a staff member when boarding and disembarking from the train at the station, please make arrangements in advance via contact our customer service center at *5770
Sun-Thu: 8:00 am - Midnight
After Shabbat & Holidays: From half an hour after Shabbat/the holiday until midnight.
Please be assured that we will make every effort to provide you with the best service, even if arrangements are not made in advance.
However, without advance notification, we cannot guarantee that you will be able to board your intended train.
In the event that you are planning a trip between 8:00 pm and 6:00 am, or after Shabbat and holidays, or if your group includes two or more wheelchair users, please contact us at least two hours before the scheduled departure time.
Taxi – Accessible for wheelchairs with a ramp and space
It's important to reserve a taxi a few hours in advance.
Tel Aviv Area:
Yoad Taxi - 076-8617739
Ronen Taxi - 076-8617671
Moniot Akenion Hagadol – 076-88166271
Shay Taxi – 050-6781806
Taxi – 072-3925895
Special rides – Orders in advance.
Tel Aviv Area:
Nissim Yitzhak – 052-2588365
Dror Mizrahi - 0505353833
Disabled Parking Permits / Badge
Currently in Israel there are no Disable Parking Permits / Badges to visiting / tourist's drivers with disabilities. It is recommended to use your home country parking badge but be aware that it might not work.
Rent A Car
Tel: +972-3-7971920 / Naama +972-549-900951
Mobility Scooter for hire
Tel: +972-8-9203070 / +972-50-8090624
If you need any help, contact Access Israel for assistance
Contact on the end of the page
Basic Hebrew Sign Language
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us.
Michal Rimon, CEO of Access Israel P: +972 - 549700760
Yuval Wagner, Founder and President of Access Israel
P: +972 - 544436456
Rani Benjamini, Treasurer
P: +972 - 4275175
P: +972 - 508800900
Michal Fruchtman, Resource Development and External Relations
Sharon Kessler, Resource Development and external Relations
P: +972 - 546209847
P: +972 - 524554966