On 6 June, "Blind Day" was marked, a day for enhancing awareness and empathy with the blind and visually impaired community in Israel.
The Office of the State Comptroller and Ombudsman absorbs into its ranks people with special needs in general, and blind and visually impaired persons in particular.
Mr. Sari Jbara, Adv. is one of six blind or visually impaired employees of the Office of the State Comptroller and Ombudsman.
"My name is Sari Jbara. I work in the Registration, Classification and Routing Department ("Rimon") of the Office of the Ombudsman - in the investigation of complaints.
"I have been blind since the age of 10; I studied Law at Haifa University. I am a lawyer, social worker and mediator.
I enjoy the work in general and working with the staff of the Office of the Ombudsman in particular; my superiors received me in a very "accessible" way. I have received all the necessary adaptations - the software for reading documents - and everything was ready from my first day at the office.
The Office continues to adapt itself to my needs. Where possible, my superiors take the trouble to give me tasks that are accessible; where it is impossible to provide accessibility by technological means, they give me assistance - they read to me the relevant documents, with sensitivity and tolerance.
The Office of the State Comptroller and Ombudsman serves as a model and example of a body employing disabled persons".