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RISE UP WITH ALEH’S ACCESSIBLE ELEVATORS!
It all started because our wonderful, devoted caregivers wanted to initiate an original and applicable final project for the caregivers course they were taking.
Their idea was to make ALEH Jerusalem’s elevators accessible to the children via tactile symbols, so that residents would know what was on each floor and where they were going. A secondary objective was to use the time spent waiting for the elevator for learning. The fact that this was the caregivers’ idea demonstrates their understanding of the importance of assistive communication as our language here at ALEH.
In order to advance the project, the caregivers collaborated with our staff of communications therapists. Together they came up with a wonderful and practical idea that includes pictures representing what each floor contains, presented on tactile leaves (ALEH means “leaf” in Hebrew), with the number of leaves corresponding to the number of each floor. The pictures are raised from the surface and thus suitable for those with visual disabilities. These signs were prepared by the older residents during workshop activity in the vocational day center. Even the maintenance staff helped in producing and hanging the signs.
In order to complete the process, the communications therapists and teaching staff taught the children how to use the signs.
This is one of many projects that prove that collaborating and bringing ideas together can produce very significant results. It is an example of a new way of making the world accessible for our residents, and helping each one increase his or her independence and improve orientation, regardless of their condition. This project also exemplifies cooperation between all elements of the staff, and the ability of each staff member to initiate and make a difference.
We thank the caregivers, the communications therapists, the maintenance staff and ALEH’s directors, who enable and help advance such blessed projects.