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President and founder of Yad Sarah Uri Lupolianski on the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities * photo: A group of tourists from a sheltered housing community in New Jersey at the entrance to Yad Sarah in Jerusalem – the guests visited Jerusalem in Yad Sarah’s wheelchairs

Yad Sarah’s tourist desk has expanded to include a new service allowing tourists with limited mobility to make all travel arrangements for their trip to Israel-beginning with landing at Ben Gurion airport- even before getting on the plane in their country of origin. The full service package includes pick up from the airport by a YadSaraVan equipped with a special lift for people in wheel chairs, the loaning of wheel chairs to accompany tourists throughout their trip, preparing of the hotel room with necessary equipment as well as the planning of wheel chair accessible trips. All this is offered under the supervision of the Yad Sarah desk and in cooperation with a personal tourist guide selected according to their training in the field of accessibility and ability to guide tourists with limited ability in functioning and movement. Yad Sarah’s president adds, in a message released on the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (December 3): "Yad Sarah services were available to all Israeli citizens throughout the country as well as to tourists arriving over the years. But after identifying an upward trend in the number of tourists making use of the services of Yad Sarah, we decided to create a special tourist desk and allocate the resources necessary to enhance and streamline the service especially tailored to meet tourist’s needs." Nadia Alalu coordinates the tourist desk activities at Yad Sarah and guides the volunteers who speak various foreign languages: "Some tourists with disabilities are apprehensive about having difficulties with mobility and worry they will not find the equipment and accessories necessary to be comfortable and fully enjoy their trip to Israel. We encourage them to be full partners in the process of planning and preparing a customized service package for their tour." Alalu emphasizes: “The distribution of Yad Sarah's branches enables Yad Sarah to offer fast and efficient transportation of tourists and their equipment throughout the country. Before their return home, many tell us that without us the trip would not have been possible.” To arrange this service, contact the Yad Sarah Tourist Services 1) Tourism Department: 02-6444618 2) Email: tourism@yadsarah.org.il Translated by Deena Tsameret, volunteer *YouTube:1tzSE45VG0A*

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