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The Sybil Wigdor Support and Accessibility Unit

The Sybil Wigdor Support and Accessibility Unit operates under the auspices of the Dean of Students, whose office is responsible for Bar-Ilan students' welfare. The unit's activities are based on the premise that education in general, and higher educatio

The Sybil Wigdor Support and Accessibility Unit – Projects

Preferential Acceptance

The Sybil Wigdor Support and Accessibility Unit offers applicants identified as "worthy of advancement" and applicants with special needs the option of being accepted to Bar-Ilan University in a Preferential Acceptance framework.  These applicants may be accepted even if their GPA is lower than that required by the relevant department.

An applicant categorized as "worthy of advancement", in accordance with socio-economic criteria, is reviewed by the admissions committee of the relevant department.  These applicants may be accepted for academic programs under a mentoring/tutoring arrangement.  

>>Advancement of Students with Special Needs – the learning disabled, the visually impaired, the hearing impaired, and students suffering from other physical disabilities. The objective of this Support and Accessibility Unit project is to help students with special needs reach their full potential, without their medical limitations hindering their achievements.  The project also enables them to develop academic independence.  


Main Activities:

Academic support
The Sybil Wigdor Support and Accessibility Unit offers students tutoring services, thus providing them with an opportunity to succeed in their studies.  
Tutors volunteering for this project are all outstanding honors students who have completed at least one academic year of study.  Tutors are required to submit a monthly report of activities.  In exchange for tutoring, they are either granted exemption from a general studies course, or they receive a scholarship towards their studies.

Technical support
The Sybil Wigdor Support and Accessibility Unit provides technical support to needy students with disabilities.  The technical support offered includes reading materials aloud, photocopying and/or recording lectures, and library orientation.


Academic accommodation
Accommodation are provided based on each student's specific needs, as reflected in medical examinations and diagnoses.  The students must strictly adhere to the unit's guidelines and
complete their tasks in full, while maintaining the same academic level required of all other students.  Students authorized by the unit to take modified tests, can register for up to two weeks prior to each exam.  


The Sybil Wigdor Support and Accessibility Unit's Team:

Sharon Kazhdan – Head of The Support and Accessibility Unit

Miri Gorodetzky – Administrative Assistant

Laurence Ohana – Accommodation and Computer Coordinator

Eti Katav – Special Test Coordinator

Shoshana Hermetz – Special Needs Students Project Coordinator





The Sybil Wigdor Support and Accessibility Unit