AKIM, founded in 1951, is the national organization caring for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Israel.
Today, AKIM is the largest and most comprehensive provider of programs and services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities – regardless of their age, faith, ethnic background or gender – serving 35,000 children, teenagers, adults, and senior citizens, as well as their 140,000 family members, throughout Israel.
A few facts about AKIM Israel:
Hand in hand with 800 volunteers, the 500 devoted workers of AKIM Israel operate:
With its headquarters in Tel Aviv, AKIM Israel’s organizational structure conducts a variety of national activities as part of AKIM’s “Inclusion” vision to make the Israeli Society “a better place for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities and their relatives“.
|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.|