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September 14, 2016 1:20 pm

Israel’s Knesset Launches Initiative to Increase Special-Needs Staff

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The Knesset. Photo: Wiki Commons.

The Knesset. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

In an effort to increase the number of special-needs staff members it hires, the Knesset published a want-ad specifically geared towards job-seekers with intellectual disabilities (ID), Israel’s Channel 10 reported on Wednesday.

According to the report, the tender is for five positions: a secretary/aide for one of the legislative committees, an assistant usher, a “Green Knesset” groundskeeper and a courier.

A Knesset representative told Channel 10 that the ad was drafted with the help of the Israeli Institute on Cognitive Accessibility, to tailor it to applicants with ID.

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Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein welcomed the move, saying that it was a reason to be proud. “I believe that the success of the project will incentivize government ministries and other public bodies to follow suit,” he said.

Currently there are 20 special-needs employees at the Knesset.

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