The Equal Rights of Persons with Disabilities Law of 1998 (5758), along with the establishment of the Commission for the Equal Rights of Persons with Disabilities, constitute an additional stage in the process of social change occurring in recent years in Israel and around the world. This stage has been marked by the empowerment of people with disabilities, their integration into society and society’s recognition of their contributions to it.
The law deals with the implementation of the principles of equality and the integration of the disabled and their families in a way that enables them to live full lives, to realize their potential and to exist independently and with honor as they contribute to society with their abilities and talents (State Comptroller Report, 2002). The law establishes basic principles and entitlements and also refers specifically to the field of employment: the prohibition of discrimination, appropriate representation, defense of a complainant, the right to prosecute, the right to be seen before the commission, penalty clauses and programs for integrating people with disabilities into the workforce. The law also deals with the obligation for public transportation to be physically accessible.
For rights and services for the disabled, click here (Hebrew).
Click here for details regarding the Ministry of Health’s approval procedure, participation fee and a list of approved medical institutions for purchasing walking equipment, devices and appliances (Hebrew).
Click here for the website of the Commission for the Equal Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which includes laws, regulations, rules and orders pertaining to issues of people with disabilities in Israel, as well as material on relevant organizations (see "
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Click here to view a presentation on the Commission’s activity (Hebrew).
Translated by The Shira Pransky Project