A man in a wheelchair [Illustrative]..
(photo credit: Carlos Jasso/Reuters)
The Justice Ministry on Sunday announced that in the coming days, new
regulations for improving access to public services for disabled persons will go
The regulations require a wide-range of purchasing and
implementing new equipment and policies so that persons with a variety of
disabilities, such as the blind and the deaf, will be able to independently
access information through braille, a tactile writing system, or special hearing
The new regulations were passed by the 18th Knesset and apply to
all government offices, other public bodies and certain private sector services.
All offices for which the regulations apply have six months to update their
Shmuel Haimovich, deputy director for national access to the
disabled, said, “The entering into force of the new regulations in the coming
days continues the revolution which we are leading in the area of access for the
disabled” and provides new solutions to the “large diverse group of persons with
He added that the regulations “are among the most advanced
in the world and because of them, disabled persons will be able to benefit from
improved access to public services.”
Haimovich also said that the
regulations obligate all offices to modify their operations to make them
accessible to disabled persons “in times of emergency.” The Knesset granted to
his office wide-ranging authority to oversee and enforce the regulations to
guarantee they are implemented, said Haimovich.