Israel Unlimited believes that access to higher education is a right that all students deserve. And though Israel ratified the standards set forth by the UN’s Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2012, the country still lacks higher education programs for students with disabilities who do not meet acceptance requirements as ‘non-traditional students.’ The importance of higher education isn’t just measured in degrees. Rather, students learn important skills that they take with them into the job force—skills like public speaking, advanced social skills, research skills and more. With To Be a Student, Israel Unlimited is working to give students with disabilities the opportunities for higher education they deserve.
To Be a Student is a bundle of programs that advocate and assist students with disabilities, fighting for accessibility by changing attitudes towards disability. Programs promote higher education for Arabs with disabilities; bring students with and without disabilities together to study and socialize; promote student activism to make campuses more accessible; and advocate the employability of people with disabilities. In its development stage, Israel Unlimited is currently meeting with university and college heads all over Israel to discuss how To Be a Student could change their campuses.
For questions, contact Michal Tenne Rinde at MichalTe@jdc.org.