Accessibility

Tel Aviv University is committed to offering its students and staff equal access to university facilities, resources, and activities irrespective of any disability or medical condition. TAU aims to provide a safe and welcoming environment for people with disabilities, and accessibility is a priority in the design of the TAU campus.

In 2009, the first research group on disability studies in Israel was established at the Van Leer Institute, led by senior TAU professors Dr. Nissim Mizrahi and Dr. Neta Ziv. In 2010, the first academic convention on disability studies in Israel (and the Middle East) was held at Tel Aviv University.

 

Ensuring Equal Access

Tel Aviv University strives to accommodate the needs of every member of its community and recognizes many different forms of disability, including:

 

  • Sensory (visual/auditory)

  • Motor/orthopedic

  • Psychiatric

  • Chronic illnesses

  • Learning disabilities

 

All TAU buildings are wheelchair accessible and most are equipped with elevators. Some classrooms and lecture halls have designated wheelchair space; in areas that do not, space will be allocated by TAU staff. TAU conducted an Accessibility Survey in 2012 to assess the needs of students and staff and prepare a strategic, long-term plan focusing on improving existing infrastructure to accommodate all members of the TAU community.

 

Reaching Out To Prospective Students

Tel Aviv University is currently in the final stages of establishing an 18-month pre-academic preparatory program for students with disabilities, in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Affairs and Services and the National Insurance Institute. The program will have two stages. In stage one, students will enjoy separate instruction and classes to help them prepare for the challenges of full-time academic life. In stage two, students will join existing classes and receive supplementary lessons and tutoring.

 

Offering Support, Assistance, and Encouragement

At Tel Aviv University, the Dean of Students is responsible for ensuring the welfare of students with disabilities. The Dean of Students' office provides support and academic assistance to students with disabilities through sponsorships, counseling services, and technological study aids.

For more information, please contact Mariela Yabo, Executive Assistant to the Director General on Accessibility Issues, at marielay@tauex.tau.ac.il.

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