Conference Program – Day 1

The schedule for our international Guests looks the following:

23.05.19 – Customized meetings throughout the day and Speed dating event in the evening
24.05.19 – Accessible day trip in Jerusalem
25.05.19 – Accessible trip in Jaffa
26.05.19 – Conference during the day and “Feast of the Senses” dinner in the evening
27.05.19 – Workshops with professional in the field from Israel and around the world

May 26 - Plenary

Conference moderator: Linoi Bar Gefen, Journalist and presenter.

08:00 - 09:00: Registration and entrance

  • Experiential activities
  • Exhibition with accessible technologies and suppliers

09:00 – 9:25: Welcome remarks

Conference moderator: Mrs. Linoy Bar Gefen, Journalist and presenter

  • Adv. Michal Rimon, CEO of Access Israel
  • Avremi Torem, Commissioner for Equal Rights of Persons With Disabilities, Israel
  • Mr. Gideon Shalom, Senior Vice President, Head of Disability Administration, Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs and Social Services , Israel

9:25 -10:15: Inspiring opening lectures

  • Yariv Bash, Co-Founder of SpaceIL, Israel
  • Haim Pinto, CTO of Bank Hapoalim, Israel
  • M. Caroline Casey, Ted speakers and founder of #Valuable, Ireland

10:15 – 10:45: Accessible Technology

  • Christopher Patnoe, Sr. Programs Manager, Google, USA- The Future of: AI & Accessibility
  • Ms. Sabine Lobnig, Policy Officer and coordinator of the Mobile and Wireless Forum representing 98% of all producers of Mobile Units worldwide, MWFAI, Austria– GARI , Global Reporting Initiative

10:45 – 11:05: The Future of Accessibility

  • Yuval Wagner, Founder and President of Access Israel – The path to fulfill the goal of an accessible Israel

11:10 – 11:50: Barrier Free Tourism

  • Amir Halevi, Director General, Ministry of Tourism, Israel- Challenges on the way to accessible tourism in Israel
  • Ralf Schliwa, Vice President and Executive Expert Overall Cabin, AIRBUS- Plans for an accessible airplane for accessible tourism
  • Mr. Magnus Berglund, Accessibility Director at Scandic Hotels, Sweden- What can we learn from the most accessible Hotel chain in the world

11:50 – 12:25: Global Models for the implementation of Accessibility

  • Christopher Lee, Managing Director & Chief Learning Officer of IAAP, USA – The IAAP professional certification for accessibility experts
  • Ms. Susan Scott Parker, Founder of the Business Disability International & the Global Procurement Taskforce, UK – Models to implement accessibility in businesses

12:30 – 13:10: Accessibility in the USA – Focusing on New York, Los Angeles and Chicago

  • Victor Calise, Commissioner of the New York City Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, USA
  • Karen Tamley, Accessibility Commissioner of Chicago and board member of the U.S Access Board, USA
  • Mr. Stephen David Simon, Executive Director of the City of Los Angeles Department on Disability, USA

13:10 – 14:00: Urban Accessibility - Initiatives and challenges from around the world

  • Moshe Fadlon, Mayor of Herzeliya and deputy chairman of the Federal Local Authorities of Israel  
  • James Thurston, Vice President for Global Strategy and Development of G3ict, USA
  • Ms. Simone Bröschke, Ms. Sabine Lobnig, Deputy Director Communications & Regulations, Mobile & Wireless Forum (MWF), Germany
  • Jose Luis Borau Jordán, Head of Built Environment Accessibility Department, ONCE, Spain
  • Jose Luis Borau Jordán, Head of Built Environment Accessibility Department, ONCE, Spain
  • Galia Granot, Deputy Director of the Ruderman Foundation, Israel – Municipal Accessibility Index

14:05-14:20: The role of advertising in creating a better society

  • Adam Polachek, CEO of Leo Burnett, Israel – The role of advertising in creating a better society

14:20 – 14:45: Award for the prize for "Promoting Accessibility in the Israeli Media" in 2018

14:45 – 15:00: Access Israel Prize in Memory of Simcha Lustig

  • Martin Essl, Founder of the Essl Foundation, Austria

15:00: Side Event with the Swedish Embassy

AccessAbility – beyond physical environments: A photo exhibition in partnerhsip with the Swedish Institute and the Swedish Embassy in Tel Aviv: The exhibition portrays 14 people with disabilities from the Swedish exhibition and 14 people with disabilities from Israel and speaks about their lifes with a disability in Israel and abroad


May 27 - Workshops and Professional Round Tables

Gathering – 08:00-08-45

First Round - 08:45-10:00

  • Urban Accessiblity
  • Accessible Websites & Applications
  • Accessible Tourism


Second Round - 10:15-11:30

  • Accessible Transporation
  • Google Accessibility Technologies and Solutions
  • Culture for All


Third Round - 11:45-13:00

  • Advanced Accessible Services
  • Technologies Promoting Accessibility
  • Inclusive Education


Fourth Round - 13:15-14:30

  • Universal Design
  • Justice and Democracy for All
  • Inclusion in Employing People With Disabilities
Close Menu