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Public & Community Advocacy

The Public and Community Advocacy section leads AKIM Israel national “Inclusion” vision, by promoting:

  • Public awareness
  • Self-advocacy
  • Self-determination as everyone else and the authority to exert control in their lives
  • Full inclusion and participation, including community-based housing.


By directing the activities of 49 AKIM Israel branches (staffed with 800 volunteers), as well as parents committees, throughout Israel, The Public and Community Advocacy section encourages the creation of regional / community leadership, which functions as a local lobby to improve the life of the intellectually and developmentally disabled persons in their communities.

Besides volunteering and supporting the day to day life of the disabled persons in their area, the local branches promote:

  • Building more day-care and accommodation facilities,
  • Improving programs and services levels, mostly afternoon activities.
  • Creating public awareness to the special needs of the intellectually and developmentally disabled population.




What's New at AKIM

AKIM Israel together with the Histadrut – ”General Organization of Workers in the Land of Israel” (The “Union”) have recently joined forces to promote the integration of the intellectually and developmentally disabled persons in the labor market in Israel.
As part of AKIM Israel’s desire to reach a full inclusion and participation, including residential facilities, in the community, AKIM maintains and operates 33 community-based apartments, throughout Israel, housing 4-6 residents each; all apartments are located within residential areas. These apartments are targeted to those people who can live independently, with minor supervision.
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
With the 2015 elections around the corner, AKIM Israel’s ”Election Booklet” offers information about candidates and policies, to empower individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities ”on their way to the ballot box.”