President Reuven Rivlin on Wednesday received an award for promoting the integration of people with disabilities and special needs into the work place. The award was presented to him by representatives of the Equal Chance Association, a virtual community which works through social media to create greater employment opportunities for men and women with disabilities. ECA was founded by Oren Hellman a former director of the Government Press Office and currently Vice President of Regulation at the Israel Electric Company which has 263 employees with disabilities.
Of the 44 employees in Hellman’s own division, four have disabilities.
Hellman was prompted to launch ECA nine months ago after reading about the findings of two separate surveys related to public attitudes towards people with disabilities.