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Minister of Energy Karine Elharrar arrives to the President's Residence in Jerusalem, for a group photo of the newly sworn in Israeli government, June 14, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Lack of accessibility prevents Israeli energy minister from attending climate summit

Israeli Energy Minister Karine Elharrar was unable to enter the 26th U.N. Climate Change Convention (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, on Monday due to several entrances she attempted being inaccessible for handicapped participants.  “This is scandalous...
Yachad has announced the launch of REACH, a new Jewish communal resource and referral service for individuals with disabilities and their families. Credit: Pixabay.

Yachad program launches referral service, resources for individuals with disabilities

Yachad, the Orthodox Union’s division for individuals with disabilities in the Jewish community, has announced the launch of REACH, a new Jewish communal resource and referral service for individuals with disabilities and their families. The program...

‘Thrill of victory and agony of defeat’? Paralympic athletes are already winners, say Israelis

Simone Biles, Naomi Osaka and the sports world, meet Pascale Bercovitch, Shraga Weinberg, Moran Samuel and Doron Shaziri. Olympians Biles and Osaka have helped raise awareness about mental health in sports. And the four...
Shirly Pinto, July 2017. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

First deaf member of Knesset joins new Israeli government

Yamina Party’s Shirley Pinto will become Israel’s first deaf Knesset member after Religious Affairs Minister Matan Kahana announced on Sunday that he will leave parliament under the so-called Norwegian Law. Pinto, 32, is a former...

El Al’s flight simulator made wheelchair-accessible for ‘Good Deeds Day’

In honor of “Good Deeds Day,” the pilot’s seat of EL AL’s Boeing 737 flight simulator was replaced on Tuesday with a wheelchair to give Israelis with disabilities the experience of piloting a plane. A...
Activities for those with special needs at the Tower of David Museum. Photo by Ricky Rachman.

Israeli museum staff hold forum to boost accessibility during pandemic

Representatives from different museums across Israel met earlier this month for the first time under the auspices of the Israel Council of Museums to create the first National Forum on Accessibility and Inclusiveness in...
Artist's renderings of the ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran Neuro-Orthopedic Rehabilitative Hospital. Credit: Courtesy.

Plans for expanded village at ALEH in works, plus neuro-orthopedic hospital

Nearly every month for the last decade, more than 1,000 people from across Israel and the world have visited ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran to see the village for themselves. By applying best practices from around...
Elbit Systems safe grenade. Credit: Courtesy.

Safe-grenade production program up and running at disability center

A housing complex for adults with learning disabilities has begun producing a key component in a grenade that is able to withstand gunfire without detonating. The Rimon (Grenade) Center was inaugurated earlier this month at...
Israeli Minister of Health Yaakov Litzman holds a live press conference on the new government restrictions for the public regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) on March 19, 2020. Photo by Chen Leopold/Flash90.

Israeli public broadcaster KAN makes news accessible to people with disabilities

The digital department of Israeli public broadcaster KAN has expanded its accessibility services, making the news broadcast more user-friendly for people with disabilities. Starting on Monday, the 8 p.m. main edition has been made accessible...
A group shot of the some 25 participants on the Friends of Access Israel (FAISR) climb up Mount Kilimanjaro. Credit: Friends of Access Israel.

Trekking Mount Kilimanjaro … in a wheelchair

When New York cardiologist, Dr. Aaron Gindea read the entire Torah portion of Beshalach at the Kibo Hut on Mount Kilimanjaro, he may have broken the record for reading from a Torah scroll at...