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Afternoon Leisure Activities

Managed by the Culture, Education and Sport department, AKIM Israel provides a variety of leisure activities, for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities – regardless of their age, faith, ethnic background or gender  in Israel.

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35 Afternoon Leisure Clubs – are being operated by AKIM Israel, daily, throughout Israel, using local municipal facilities. Among them:

  • 11 AFTERCARE clubs– for children and teens between ages of 3-21 years old, as special education school hours “extension”.  Parents of children with developmental disabilities can spend a full day in their work places, while AKIM operates special education school hours “extension”.
  • 24 clubs – for young adults and older population with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Annual “protected” (free of charge) vacation: 1,000 employees with intellectual and developmental disabilities  (of all work “frames”), as well as people with severe cognitive disabilities are being accommodated by AKIM Israel for an annual “protected” vacation in several resort facilities in Israel. This week time, full of programs and other leisure activities vacation, during the summer time, brings the necessary relief to the targeted population, as well as to their family members.

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Summer Camps: 200 children (ages 3-21) with intellectual and developmental disabilities enjoy, every year, the AKIM Israel Summer Camps.
AKIM annual Summer Camp is aimed to serve the families’ needs by full filling the 2 weeks “gap” between the end of summer programs (provided by the Israeli Ministry of Education) and the beginning of the new school year.

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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.”