Friends of AKIM USA

Legal Advocacy

The Legal Department of AKIM leads the struggle in the courts and in the Knesset for the establishment of  legally binding and equitable standards for the intellectually and developmentally disabled persons in Israel

Among AKIM Israel’s successes are:

  • Welfare Law compells the State of Israel to provide suitable housing solutions for any individual in need for such specialized (group) housing.
  • A ruling by Israel’s Supereme Court in favor of AKIM, compelled the local municipalities to provide daily transportation for persons with developmental and intellectual disabilities, to and from work.
  • Minimum wage regulations for the intellectually disabled who work in the “open market”.
  • Initiating an amendment to the legislation prohibiting employment of sex offenders in all work frames for persons with developmental and intellectual disabilities.
  • Rights utilization.

The AKIM Israel legal department is the only non-governmental  information source, providing advise, clarification and information to family members of intellectually and developmentally disabled persons regarding, inter alia, their rights, Social Security and wellfare services in their residential area.


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.