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Culture, Education, Leisure and Sport

AKIM Israel encourages intellectually and developmentally disabled persons with native talents to express themselves in drama, painting, singing and dance. A few AKIM’s theater, dance and choir groups have given performances in Israel and participated in several events abroad.

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Culture

Stage and Plastic Art are being used as an important learning “tool” to promote the full inclusion and participation in the community of the developmentally disabled persons and to promote acceptance.

  • Theater shows, followed by a discussion with the audience in the venue, have become a very popular “tool” to explore AKIM Israel’s message of “inclusion” and self advocacy.

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  • Plastic Art Exhibitions have become another popular and very successful component in AKIM Israel’s “Inclusion” vision efforts.

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Education

Promoting “mainstreaming” of positive attitudes toward people with developmental and intellectual disabilities is AKIM Israel educational effort’s main goal.

As mentioned above, Stage and Plastic Art activities are the best “tool” to integrate AKIM’s educational effort into daily life in Israel.

Sport

A variety of sport activities are offered to all ages. These activities include:

  • Long range nature walks,
  • Regional Sport days, and
  • Pétanque (Boules) game league.

AKIM participates in the development and expansion of sports activities for the intellectually disabled population in Israel. There are about 3,800 athletes who train and compete in Special Olympic sports such as athletics, aquatics, kayaks, judo, bikes, basketball, bowling, bocce, tennis and table tennis.

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Leisure Activities:

A variety of leisure activities is operated by AKIM Israel:

  • Afternoon Leisure Clubs  which provide extra-curricular activities for disabled individuals – of all ages – who live at home, in protected apartments, or group homes.
  • Annual “protected” vacation for 1,000 disabled persons working in all working “frames”.
  • Summer camps for 200 kids.

Our trained staff has developed a wide variety of after-school activities, which are adapted for children and teenagers with special needs. Some of the programs include kayaking, dancing, swimming, painting, sculpture, drama and dance. These activities give parents a needed break and provide young children and teens with opportunities to develop skills and make friends in a supportive environment.

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Public Library Activities:

Children 12 years and older, and adults with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities, meet weekly in groups of eight for two-hour sessions at public libraries throughout Israel. Specially adapted story hours and video screenings provide a stimulating learning environment.

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.”