ClwstwrCOP26: Minister's wheelchair access issues highlight wider inclusion failures
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An Israeli minister, Karine Elharrar, was unable to access the COP26 conference in her wheelchair. Her experience highlighted how - even at high-profile, global events - accessibility failures make life difficult for people with disabilities.
- The Israeli infrastructure minister, Karine Elharrar, has muscular dystrophy and uses a wheelchair
- She couldn’t get into the first day of the COP26 climate summit because the only options were to walk, or take a shuttle that wasn’t suitable for a wheelchair.
- The UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, apologised after the Israeli delegation complained.
- Ms Elharrar was able to access the second day of the summit
Everyone should have the opportunity to participate in events, regardless of any disability. COP26 is a high-profile conference looking at what’s arguably the defining issue of our time. It’s not just embarrassing that Karine Elharrar couldn’t get into the conference, it highlights that accessibility is still a major problem - even for VIPs at global events. The situation is even worse for many disabled people simply hoping to go about their day to day lives.