AKIM Israel’s professional occupation department offers allocate and provide 4 levels of daily special programs and employment opportunities, as well as sequenced work transition programs, for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities , in Israel.
Besides using the Daycare centers for adults facilities to provide daily activities to adults (age 21 years and older) with severe cognitive disabilities, AKIM Israel has already allocated, recruited and trained a few thousands of people with minor intellectual and developmental disabilities to be employed in 3 more work frames.
AKIM Israel operates and supports Sheltered Workshops for those who are in need of a supportive and protective environment, by which to express their personal work skills and to be trained in a work transition program.
Sequenced work transition programs are being performed within the Sheltered Workshops – to train those individuals who are qualified to work – subject to successfully completing the transition programs – in the “Open Market”.
Employing intellectually and developmentally disabled persons – in a protective site – within an industrial facility or business setting. Under proper support and close guidance, employees with minor intellectual and developmental disabilities are being “mainstreamed” into these businesses. They are part of “pay roll” staff, become an integral part of the business Human Resources and are able to demonstrate their productive abilities in a real business environment.
AKIM Israel does an ongoing effort allocating proper work places (jobs) in the “open market”, as well as training and escorting the disabled employees until they are completely “mainstreamed” within the new work place. These workers are placed with employers such as IKEA Israel (see pictures below), Visa, Discount Bank, Cellcom, Tempo, Sheraton Hotel, Fox, El Al, Toys Kfar Saba, and Piza Patza, just to name a few.
AKIM Israel in collaboration with The Hebrew University, Hadassah School of Dental Medicine has initiated an innovative model of a Supported Employment Program, which offers a training program to educate people with minor intellectual and developmental disabilities and integrate them into the professional dental market. The program will train these individuals with the goal of their inclusion in the dental field, and provide them with an opportunity to earn a respectable living and develop independence. The participants will study work-related social skills, which are essential to enhance their independence and facilitate their full integration in society. This life changing program will be carried out by AKIM Israel’s professional occupation department in conjunction with the Dental Schools at Tel Aviv University and Hadassah School of Dental Medicine, Jerusalem.
|Yossi Zvi, was elected as the new chairman of Friends of Akim Israel. Zvi has been in senior management positions in the business sector for the past 30 years and has headed a real estate and mall management company in recent years. “When I was asked to accept the position, I did not hesitate. I felt that now was my time to contribute and allow people to live a better life, “said Yossi Zvi at the meeting.|
|In 2020 Akim opened 7 new apartments in the community: in Kfar Saba, Karmiel, Yavne, and Rehovot.|
|AKIM Israel serves as guardian for more than 1,500 persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities, regardless of their faith, ethnic background, age or sex|
|Rabbi Dr. Benyamin (Benny) Lau, who was elected on Sunday, June 20th, 2021, to be the new Chairman of Akim Israel, unanimously by the organization’s General Assembly members. Rabbi Benny Lau will serve as Chairman of Akim in place of Admiral (R) Ami Ayalon, who served in the position for 11 years, years in which he led significant processes in the organization, from establishing it as a human-focused organization, working to hear the voices of people with intellectual disabilities and to lead actions of the policy change and assimilation of positive attitudes towards people with intellectual disabilities and their inclusion into Israeli society.|