An eight year of the accessibility event in Bar Ilan University
On 25/04/19 The "Access Israel" organization led an accessibility event titled "Accessibility = Sensitivity" for the students of the Bar Ilan university. The event, taking place for the eighth year, showed the world of people with disabilities to the students, and enabled them to experience different disabilities in experiential stations set up by the organization Fanny, an instructor with mobility disability, offered to the participants to attempt going through a challenging obstacle course while sitting in a wheelchair.
Eyal, another instructor with mobility disability and a Paralympic player, instructed the students in a game of basketball while riding wheelchairs.
The participants passed through a challenging obstacle course while riding wheelchairs
Lydia, an instructor with vision disability, let the participants experience what it's like to be blind by putting on blindfolds and trying the tell what flavor of ice cream they were given by using the rest of their senses.
Shoval, an instructor with hearing disability, introduced the students to sign language and taught them how to communicate with people with hearing disabilities. The participants even got temporary tattoos with the phrase "I love you" in sign language.
Lee led an experiential station on the subject of cognitive disability, in which the participants had to face the challenge of opening a wooden puzzle box under a time limit, to convey the challenges people with cognitive developmental disabilities face when trying to preform actions that are considered simple.
The participants taking part in blind ice cream tasting
Shmulik, an instructor with mobility disability, led a station of "Accessible Graffiti", which simulates Hand Disability, in which the participants have to perform different tasks like drawing and tying shoelaces while wearing gloves that restrict finger movement.
The event, which was open to all students, allowed the participants to get to know people with different kinds of disabilities and hear their personal story and the ways they manage.
In the event also participated members of the S.P.A cell (Students Promoting Accessibility) that led the experiential stations alongside the instructors of the organization and shared with the instructors the stories of the challenges that students with disabilities face in the academy.
During the event a performance of the band "Kelim Shlovim" was hosted – a band comprised of students with cognitive disability in the university's music major- which helped create a very exciting atmosphere for the participants and thrilled everyone with their extraordinary musical abilities.
The participants were taught sign language
The encounters and the experiences allowed the participants to get to know and understand the daily challenges people with disabilities face, in a fun unique way.
The participants in the event were thrilled, and among them were also students with disabilities which expressed how powerful it was to them to experience disabilities different than those of their own.