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Information Center

The AKIM Israel Information Center provides updated information, including books, articles, and researches dealing with wide range of subjects on intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The information center – located at AKIM Israel headquarters in Tel Aviv – serves families, social workers, and other employees in the field of providing services to people with developmental disabilities, students, and the general public.

Main Topics:

  • Intellectual Disability
  • Downs Syndrome
  • Education
  • Employment
  • Accessibility
  • Housing
  • Inclusion
  • Health
  • Public Advocacy
  • And more…

For information, please contact Mrs. Sharona Mizrachi: +972-52-5677685

What's New at AKIM

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.