Accessibility

About

The Accessibility Unit of the Hebrew University is working to make the Hebrew University an arena that is equitable and accessible for diverse populations of students. The Unit provides services to students who deal with various physical, sensory, and mental disabilities. It offers information and assistance with regard to the rights of students with disabilities in the University and beyond.

The activities of the Accessibility Unit:

  • Self-advocacy assistance, mediation with different entities at the University (lecturers, secretariats, etc.).
  • Referral to evaluation or treatment and other relevant services in the University and beyond, if necessary.
  • Consultation regarding assistive technology solutions (FM devices, ergonomic equipment and assistive software).
  • Provision of recommendations for adjustments in examinations based on medical documentation.
  • Cooperation with the National Insurance Institute and the Ministry of Defense, and assistance in the realization of rights for auxiliary services (tutoring, additional lessons, transcription, etc.).

You can also contact the Accessibility Unit regarding additional problems such as special housing conditions in dormitories and other issues emerging following accessibility difficulties. For your convenience, you can take a virtual tour at various campuses - for orientation, location of accessible routs and familiarity with the areas of the campus, at the following link Students with disabilities who study at Mount Scopus campus, can view accessible routes map of the campus by clicking the following link.

Malfunctions service center

Handling occasional problems with elevators, stairlifts, disabled toilets, etc. Contact telephone: Jerusalem (Edmond J. Safra campus, Mount Scopus, Ein Kerem): 02-5884030, 02-5884410 Rehovot (Faculty of agriculture): 08-9489342 For contact via the website click here

Student Inquiries

The activities of the Accessibility Unit:

  • Self-advocacy assistance, mediation with different entities at the University (lecturers, secretariats, etc.)
  • Referral to evaluation or treatment and other relevant services in the University and beyond, if necessary.
  • Consultation regarding assistive technology solutions (FM devices, ergonomic equipment and assistive software).
  • Provision of recommendations for adjustments in examinations based on medical documentation.
  • Cooperation with the National Insurance Institute and the Ministry of Defense, and assistance in the realization of rights for auxiliary services (tutoring, additional lessons, transcription, etc.).

You can also contact the Accessibility Unit regarding additional problems such as special housing conditions in dormitories and other issues emerging following accessibility difficulties. The Accessibility Unit handles student inquiries free of charge. Students wishing to use the services of the Accessibility Unit are invited to contact the accessibility coordinator and to schedule a personal appointment, if necessary. You can contact via e-mail, negishut@savion.huji.ac.il. Please append all appropriate medical documentation. The relevant forms can be downloaded here

Unit Staff and Contact Information

Accessibility Unit offices:

Mount Scopus campus Reznik (Maiersdorf) Dormitories, Building 10 first floor room 109 - The entrance is in the back of Aroma - across the School of Occupational Therapy 
Phone: 5880118/78- 02 telephone answering service Sunday-Tuesday between 0800-1300
Email contact is preferable.
Safra campus: Dean of students support center (near the synagogue)
Rehovot campus:
Student Support Center (on the right of Hankin gate)
E-mail: shirleyh@savion.huji.ac.il

Accessibility Coordinator

Assia Hanimov

Sunday-Thursday from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Meetings will be held by appointment.

Director of Support Center at Rehovot campus

Shirley Hershko

Sunday-Thursday

Auxiliary Lessons Coordinator

Tarin El-On

Sunday-Tuesday, from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Meetings will be held by appointment.

Eyal Koren

*Meetings will be held by appointment.

Contact details:

E-mail: negishut@savion.huji.ac.il

 

Credentials for Academic Adjustments

Guidelines for submitting an application for academic adjustments

To apply for academic adjustments, select and download the appropriate form corresponding to your disability and complete Part A (personal details and waiver of medical confidentiality). Ask a medical specialist in the relevant field to complete Part B in legible handwriting. The medical specialist should have relevant expertise and experience in the field, and no personal or family relation between him and the student. The completed form should be sent with an updated summary of the relevant medical information to the accessibility coordinator, preferably via email: negishut@savion.huji.ac.il

*The form completed by the doctor should include reference to all required sections:

  • Clear diagnosis, tests that were made to determine it, its effect on academic performance and prognosis (predicting the course of the disease and its consequences)
  • The severity of the medical condition, the frequency with which it is expressed, and whether the condition is chronic or temporary
  • Expected improvement or worsening of the medical condition and recommended frequency for re-evaluation of the condition
  • Description of the medicinal treatment and side effects, if any, auxiliary equipment and assistive technology
  • Treatment and rehabilitation services
  • Reasoned recommendation for academic adjustments
  • Contact details of the specialist to obtain additional information, if needed

Medical credential forms for the purpose of receiving academic adjustments:

Current inquiries are addressed within a reasonable period of time and usually up to ten days of submitting the complete forms. If the application refers to a permanent disability or health problem, the forms should be submitted up to three weeks before the end of each semester. After this date only urgent cases will be handled. The Accessibility Unit makes every effort to provide a professional and credible service to all students. However, the Unit cannot guarantee that late applications will be addressed.

Students who are eligible for a temporary adjustment should contact the Accessibility Unit if they wish to prolong the validity of the adjustment, as described above.

 

  • The adjustments will be provided based on the medical opinion, however the doctor's recommendations in the form should not be considered as a binding. If necessary, the medical documentation will be forwarded to an occupational physician on behalf of the university for an additional opinion.
  • The student may also be referred to evaluation of writing in occupational therapy school. This referral may also be provided when medical condition causes writing impairment and there is a need to formulate professional recommendations regarding the exam adjustments. The evaluation involves payment. You can apply to the Dean of Students Fund for assistance in funding, subject to the provision of economic credentials.

 

Useful Links

For the convenience of students who use the services of Accessibility Unit, the team of the Unit compiled a list of several useful links to external websites of organizations and associations that provide information and assistance for people with disabilities regarding assistive services, auxiliary accessories, as well as rights and employment options for disabled. We hope you will find here valuable and updated information. We look forward to proposals to add or update information about the organizations and associations in the field.

General Information - Rights and Auxiliary Accessories

Commission for Equal Rights for People with Disabilities

The Commission operates to enforce the Equal Rights for People with Disabilities Law of 1998. Its activities include legislation, enforcement, training, community integration, consulting and legal representation. The public inquiries unit of the Commission accepts inquiries from Sunday to Thursday, 08:00 AM to 03:00 PM.

Bizchut - The Israeli Human Rights Center for People with Disabilities

“Bizchut” works to promote the rights of people with all types of disabilities, to integrate them into all aspects of life. People with disabilities, family members and professionals are invited to contact the Public Inquiries Center of “Bizchut” in cases where a person's right has been violated due to his disability. Address: P.O.B. 34510, Jerusalem, 91000 Tel: 02-6521308 Fax: 02-6521219 E-mail: mail@bizchut.org.il Website: http://bizchut.org.il

Disability Rights Clinic in the Faculty of law of the Hebrew University

The clinic works to promote the rights of people with disabilities to achieve their full integration in society, focusing primarily in the areas of employment and education. The clinic provides legal advice to individuals and organizations in the field. In appropriate cases, the clinic also accompanies and represents clients in legal proceedings in various courts. In addition, the clinic promotes legislation and policy changes in the field. The services are provided free of charge by law students, under the guidance and direction of lawyers. Tel: 02-5882554 or 02-5882569 Fax: 02-5882544 E-mail: law_clinic@savion.huji.ac.il

Kol Zchut (All Rights)

Comprehensive database about the rights of residents of Israel and the ways to realize them: http://www.kolzchut.org.il

Azarim

Information in Hebrew, Russian and Arabic about over 16,000 accessories, suppliers and lenders http://www.azarim.org.il

Milbat

A public association which operates in order to increase the quality of life and facilitate the integration of people with disabilities using accessible, adapted technological environment. The association provides professional and impartial counseling on accessories in every field, including the educational accessories. In addition, the association employs a group of technical volunteers who create customized, tailor-made accessories for the applicant, if there is no suitable accessory in the market: http://www.milbat.org.il

Jerusalem workshop of accessories for disabled people - The Center for Independent Living

The staff in workshop, designs, develops and manufactures tailor-made accessories and provides maintenance service for wheelchairs, special adjustments for seats, handles, crutches, etc. Address: St. Martin 5 St., Gonenim Tel: 02-6481460 Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CILJerusalem

Organizations that Serve a Targeted Audience

Leshem - Association for the advancement of higher education and employment for people with learning disabilities and attention deficit disorder.

Address: P.O.B. 1078, Kokhav Ya'ir 44964 Tel: 09-7498001, Fax: 15397498001 E-mail: guyfink@bezeqint.net Website: http://leshem.telhai.ac.il/

The Institute for the Advancement of Deaf Persons in Israel

The association promotes the subject of higher education on the public level (awareness raising and changing perceptions, rights implementation and adjustments in relevant public and academic institutions). The association offers a support center for deaf and hearing-impaired students that provides counseling, support and advocacy. Address: 63 La Guardia St., Tel-Aviv Contact for institutions: Orit Zolberg - 03-6311595, extension 6 E-mail: orit@dpii.org Contact for students: Nana Bar - nena@dpii.org Website: http://www.sela.org.il/

Aleh - Association for the Advancement of Students with Vision Impairment and Dyslexia in Israel

Tel: 02-5812663 E-mail: leb@savion.cc.huji.ac.il Website: http://www.alehblind.org.il/

Bekol - Organization of Hard of Hearing People in Israel

An organization working to promote accessibility for the hearing-impaired on a variety of levels, including higher education. Organizes recreational activities (courses and lectures), and self-help groups run by hearing-impaired people. In Jerusalem the service is provided in collaboration with “Beit Zusman” - Jerusalem municipality center, community services administration. The service includes individual counseling by social workers specializing in hearing disabilities. Lending of FM system for students is available for free. Address: Beit Zusman, 15 Rubinstein St. (entrance from 3 Borochov St.), Kiryat Yovel. Tel: 02-6413243, Fax: 02-6437004 Cellular for SMS: 057-7639123 E-mail: shronit@jerusalem.muni.il Shlomit@bekol.org “Bekol” branch in Tel-Aviv: 17 Tchernichovsky Street, Tel: 03-5257001, Fax: 03-5257004 E-mail: info@bekol.org; Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/beit.zusman

AlManarah - Association for Persons with Disabilities in Arab Society

The Association operates in the field of legal advocacy, community awareness, empowerment and skill development, as well telephone and individual counseling. The Association, which is located in Nazareth, offers an activity hall, a computer room that includes equipment for people with visual disabilities, Braille printers, recording studio and a library with audio books, Braille books and electronic books in Arabic. Address: Taha building, 2nd floor (near the intersection of Um and Assaf), Nazareth, Derech Yafia 16211. (PO box: 11053) Tel: 04-6011574, Fax: 04-6011579 Web site: www.almanarah.org Facebook page: ALMANARAH Association Asperger – Israel (“Effie”) Address: P.O.B. 70, Kfar Yona Tel: 09-7718010; 058-776053 Fax: 09-8948006 E-mail: shmuela@asperger.org.il Website: http://asperger.org.il/

Eyal - Israel Epilepsy Association

Address: PO box: 1598, Jerusalem Zip code: 91014 Telephone: (Jerusalem branch) 02-5000283 E-mail: epilepsy.il@gmail.com Website: http://www.epilepsy.org.il

Asaf - Association of CFC and Fibromyalgia Patients

Address: PO box: 1944, Shoham Zip code: 60850 Telephone: 03-5090030, 1-700-70-70-08 E-mail: amuta@asaf.org.il Website: http://www.asaf.org.il/

The Israel Foundation for Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis

Address: PO box 5, Yokneam Zip code: 67443 Telephone: 03-6421999 E-mail: info@ccfi.co.il Website: http://www.ccfi.co.il/

Address: 10 David Hakmi St., Tel Aviv 67778 Tel: 03-5371065, Fax: 03-5371066 E-mail: info@igdu.org.il Website: www.igdu.org.il

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Address: 10 Rothschild St., Tel Aviv 66881 Tel: 03-5160171, Fax: 03-5100724 E-Mail: office@jdrf.org.il Website: www.jdrf.org.il

The Israel Multiple Sclerosis Society

You are invited to come and use all material in the library of the Association, which is the largest and most update library on the subject of multiple sclerosis in the Middle East. In addition, the society provides training for students, which includes meetings with multiple sclerosis patients. Address: 16 Homa Umigdal St., Tel Aviv Mailing address: PO box: 37430, Tel-Aviv 61373 Contact person: Janine Wosberg, CEO and Director of Patient Services Tel: 03-5377002, Fax: 03-5377004 E-mail: agudaims@netvision.net.il Website: www.mssociety.org.il

Employment

In recent years there has been much progress in the field of employment of people with disabilities. The Equal Rights for People with Disabilities Law of 1998 specifies the obligation of non-discrimination against employees with disabilities, including family members of people with disabilities. Regulations derived from the “Employment” section of the Equal Rights Law regulate State participation in financing the required adjustments. In the following links you will find general information concerning employment of people with disabilities: rights and assisting organizations:

  • General: The link contains general information about workers’ rights.
  • Rights of employees with disabilities: The link contains information about employment sequence for people with disabilities, workers’ rights, assisting organizations etc.
  • State participation in financing adjustments : The link contains information about the types of provided adjustments and the procedure for application to receive them.
  • Employment with dignity, work on the open market The link contains information about the rights of employees with disabilities and answers to frequently asked questions.
  • The wall of the community of the headquarters for the integration of people with disabilities, Abiliko website The link contains information about the sub-unit of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor, which deals with the integration of people with disabilities in the field of employment.
  • Accessible work – an online jobs database.  The headquarters for the integration of people with disabilities in employment in the Ministry of Economy acts to increase the proportion of employed persons among the disabled population in the Israeli labor market. They offer database with hundreds of jobs in different fields and various positions intended for people with disabilities. Tel:  054-4531181
  • Abilities - a company specializing in employment of disabled people in high-tech, which provides outsourcing services in the fields of software development and testing.  Tel: 077-5011643, Fax: 077-5021002, E-mail: info@abilities.co.il