A delegation of leaders and advocates from disability-serving organizations in Canada began a nine-day mission to Israel on Monday focused on disability and inclusion to learn about innovative Israeli models of accessibility.
The delegates are set to hear from a number of companies and initiatives working in this field, including ReWalk Robotics, a medical devices company that develops exoskeletons allowing wheelchair-bound individuals to stand and walk, and Lotem, Paratrek, and Nachal HaShofet, which work to make the beauty of nature accessible for people with disabilities.
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They will also meet with representatives from Beit Issie Shapiro in Ra’anana, a provider of innovative therapies and state-of-the-art services for children and adults across the entire range of disabilities.
The delegation will meet with Canadian Ambassador to Israel Deborah Lyons at her official residence in Tel Aviv on Monday.
The mission is co-hosted by Reena, a non-profit based in Toronto, the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital in Toronto, and March of Dimes Canada, a community-based rehabilitation and advocacy charity for people with physical disabilities. Israel Elwyn, the Joint Distribution Committee, Beit Issie Shapiro and Israel4All, a tourism company in Israel for people with disabilities and special needs.
“Israel is a world leader in technology and services supporting people with various disabilities,” they said in a statement.