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Support line – “Parents for Parents”

AKIM Israel has established and operate a support line.

Parents for parents

AKIM runs a national support line, no. 1-800-399-333.

The support line services are free of charge; it is being operated by volunteer parents (of developmentally and intellectually disabled children), who have undergone appropriate training.

Every caller is getting warm emotional support, a firsthand advice based on personal (and professional guided) psychological experience, information and referral to appropriate professionals and organizations.

The line operates in Hebrew and Arabic.

The purpose of the support line is to provide immediate response and emotional support for families in similar circumstances. Additionally, the support line provides these families with help, advice, and information in such areas as utilizing legal rights and public services.

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