Friends of AKIM USA

Friends of AKIM USA – Aftercare & Equal in Uniform


We want to make the Israeli Society a better place for everyone. AKIM Israel provides services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their relatives. Our goal is to create a respectful, warm and accepting society that facilitates self-realization, acknowledging differences and provides equal opportunities.

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About AKIM Israel

AKIM Israel, founded in 1951, is the national organization caring for people 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 34,500 children, teenagers, adults and senior citizens, as well as their 130,000 family members, throughout Israel.



Sponsor a child and AKIM will make sure another family, in Israel, maintains a regular day to day life.

In Israel, parents of school age children with intellectual and developmental disabilities are able to complete their working day, while their beloved children are professionally taken care of by AKIM Israel AFTERCARE special education services.

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The honor of serving in the IDF is an integral “rite of passage” for every young Israeli.

Now, thanks to AKIM Israel, young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities have the opportunity to be integrated and serve in the IDF.


We, as an honourable, moral and humane society need to remember to never leave our weakest members behind.

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Contact Us

Office Address
Friends of AKIM USA
633 Third Avenue, 21st Floor
New York, NY 10017
Phone: 212-339-6991

“An Inclusive Society, is a Strong Society..”

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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.”