MILESTONE LAUNCH FOR HANDICAPPED-ACCESSIBILITY OF BTJ CAMPUS
Thanks to the kindness of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Newman of Monsey, NY, the first step of Boys Town Jerusalem’s initiative to transform the campus to being handicapped accessible has become a reality. With family and friends in attendance, the Newmans recently cut the ribbon to dedicate a fully-accessible restroom on the entrance floor of the school’s Main Academic Building. This milestone event marks the first handicapped-accessible facility to ever be built on the over 50-year-old 18-acre campus.
According to Amir Kisar, CEO of Boys Town Jerusalem, the specially-designed restroom features ground floor access, a wide door for wheelchairs, a sliding door, raised toilet, and a built-in sink. “To comply with new, stringent government regulations ensuring handicapped accessibility, our school is undertaking a major, costly effort to streamline the campus. The Newman’s gift of funding to remodel this first restroom facility marks the successful launch of this critical campaign.”
Kisar added that Phase One of the project will focus upon installing a wheelchair lift alongside the three-floor stairway in the Main Academic Building to make it wheelchair accessible. This moving platform will hold up to a 550-pound weight, and will effectively enable wheelchair-bound students and parents to easily reach the laboratories, classrooms and synagogues located throughout the building’s three floors. Two additional handicapped-accessible restrooms are slated to be built on the two lower floors as well.
Although the new handicapped-accessible restroom was completed during the summer break, the timing was perfectly (and gratefully) synchronized with the opening of the “Ezer Mizion” Day Camp hosted on the Boys Town Jerusalem campus for handicapped children.
“We sincerely appreciate the sensitivity and the generosity of the Newman family to fund this crucially needed facility,” said Kisar. “May their example inspire others to lend a hand in making our campus fully accessible and welcome to the handicapped.”