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July 2014 – Evacuation of families from towns close to Gaza Strip during Protective Edge

After many weeks under rockets, mortars and fire, the intellectually disabled persons and their families were unable to function.

Suffering from severe stress and nervous breakdown, many families were approaching AKIM through AKIM’S Support Line asking to be evacuated even if for a short period of time.
300 families with medium and severe intellectually disabled children and adults (more than thousand people in total) have been evacuated for a week time to some resort areas near the Dead Sea and the Sea of Galilee.

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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.
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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.”