The forum of ministerial director generals and its head, the Director General of the PMO Eli Groner, held a special tour of the Knesset on the topic of the employment of disabled workers. They were guests of Knesset Speaker Yuli-Yoel Edelstein and Director General of the Knesset Ronen Plot.
The Knesset employs at full status almost 20 employees with different disabilities. The employees are men and women from the ages 30-50 from all parts of Israeli society, some of them have families, they are religious and secular, Jews and Arabs together. They suffer from cerebral palsy, autism, Down syndrome and Asperger`s. They are employed as aids in different branches of the Knesset, such as the post office, the department of printing and publications, the switchboard, transportation, the legal office, the comptroller, the visitor center, human resources, the purchasing department and as ushers. The Knesset even won a Shalem Fund for its work to integrate the mentally challenged into the work force.
Speaker of the Knesset Yuli-Yoel Edelstein said to the director generals ”We are proud of this initiative and proud to include additional organizations. The Knesset knows how to legislate and obligate and therefore it felt obliged to promote this project.”
Director General of the PMO Eli Groner said that he was deeply impressed by the presentation of the project. ”The project of the Knesset is first class social expression and it creates a win-win for the work place, the employer and society in general.”
The Director General of the Knesset Ronen Plot said ”Any decent workplace has an important role in the integration of people with disabilities into Israeli society. Their dedicated work, their contribution to the Knesset and the contribution they receive by virtue of their employment in an important organization like the Knesset enhances their self-confidence, their standing in the surrounding society and their personality.
Plot added that in addition to his request to the government ministries he will also turn to other public work places like municipalities, the Histadrut, public companies and more.
MK Nurit Koren (Likud), who works on the issue of accessibility in workplaces said that ”You don`t know how life is for the families.” and MK Ilan Gilon (Meretz) added that ”It is not a privilege to employ the disabled, but rather social thinking. It allows everyone in society to reach their desires.”