Access Israel vision – Access Israel is a nongovernmental (NGO), nonprofit organization which strives to make Israel a place where people with various disabilities are integrated into society with dignity, respect, equal rights and maximum independence.
In the 11 years since its establishment, Access Israel has revolutionized accessibility and quality of life for over 600,000 people with disabilities in Israel and their families.
Access Israel is now a leading organization in Israel, one of its kind worldwide and often a model for making business, government, academic and non-profit organizations accessible to people with disabilities.
These achievements result from a wide range of innovative projects, ongoing awareness activities and continuously seeking improvements based on business models requiring a high level of efficiency and influence all aiming at making Israel an accessible place.
Why Are We Needed?
Over 1,440,000 people with disabilities, including physical, blind and visual impared, deaf and hearing impared , elderly, mental and psychological, live in Israel. Approximately 500,000 of them have severe disabilities caused by wars, terrorism, car and work accidents, diseases and old age.
The current lack of accessibility in Israel causes great suffering to people with disabilities and to their families and prevents them from leading normal lives. They are punished twice: once by their fate which brought about their disability and then by the inaccessible environment causes them to be in prison at their homes.
This intolerable situation is the core motivation for Access Israel organization’s to make Israel an accessible country.
1. Improve accessibility in Israel.
2. Improve quality of life of disabled people using vital accessibility information.
3. Increase awareness of the general public, planners and decision makers to the importance of accessibility.
4. Implement accessibility awareness programs in Israeli Schools.
5. Promote accessibility of information and technology
6. Improve professional knowledge by planners regarding accessibility.
7. Improve service to people with disabilities in the government and business sectors.
8. Accessibility complaint center.
Yuval Wagner, The Founder and Chair,
Accessibility is a personal issue for Yuval. In 1987, as a combat helicopter pilot, his Cobra helicopter crashed while on a flight, Luckily Yuval stayed alive, but his severe injury left him quadriplegic confined to a wheel-chair.
Yuval is an involved father of three teen agers and became increasingly aware of how inaccessible Israel is for all people with disabilities.
Yuval firsthand experience with inaccessibility and understanding how badly it affects on people with disabilities in Israel trying to live normally inspired him to found Access-Israel.
Since then many join Yuval and Access Israel to make Israel an Accessible Country.