The Knesset is marking ”Blind Day on Monday with special events and various committee meetings dedicated to making life easier for visually-impaired persons in Israel.
1. The State Control Committee will discuss the services provided to the visually-impaired.
2. The Internal Affairs and Environment Committee will discuss designated parking spots near the places of residence of visually-impaired and disabled persons, as well as removing obstacles from sidewalks.
3. The Labor, Welfare and Health Committee will discuss a bill which calls to ban discrimination against visually-impaired people accompanied by guide dogs.
4. The Committee on the Status of Women and Gender Equality will analyze the results of a survey regarding the attitude of women towards visually-impaired women.
5. The Education, Culture and Sports Committee will discuss the integration of visually-impaired students in the education system.
6. The Finance Committee will discuss the budget for services provided to the visually impaired, as well as discounts on property tax and water bills.
7. The Science and Technology Committee will discuss technological advances that benefit visually-impaired people.
8. The Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee will discuss integrating visually-impaired people in the National Service.
During the day, visually-impaired musicians and Knesset Members will hold a jam session at the Committees` Wing in the parliament building; basic sign language will be taught at special stations set up near the Committee on the Status of Women`s meeting room; and visually-impaired estheticians will offer various treatments.
In addition, an exhibit of paintings and photos by visually-impaired artists will be on display in the parliament building. ”Blind Day” will also be marked during today`s plenary session.