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 clarify and explain to the “community” just who are the developmentally disabled persons and ro 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 challenged in Israel. There are about 3,800 athletes who train and compete in Olympic sports such as aquatics, judo, basketball, 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 challenged individuals who live at home, in protected apartments, or group homes.
  • Annual “protected” vacation for 1,000 challenged individuals 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.

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