AKIM Programs

Legal Advocacy

AKIM’s legal department is widely regarded for its unparalleled professionalism. Specializing in the fields of disability legislation and the rights of people with disabilities, our team combines legal experience and passion with community activism and compassion. 

The Clinic

Part of AKIM’s legal advocacy mission is to inform and educate future generations of lawyers in Israel. Through our exclusive joint program with Reichman University in Herzlia, law students attend a theoretical class taught by AKIM’s legal team. With our training and guidance students respond to real life cases of individuals and families.

Students travel to AKIM community housing, engaging in private consultations with residents to provide tools for self-advocacy, and inform them of their comprehensive human and civic rights, such as their rights for privacy, dignity and ability to vote. The Clinic serves as an important inroad into the future of the legal community, allowing AKIM to educate and partner with Israel’s newest legal minds.

Legal Aid Representation

Our legal department provides individuals, families and legal guardians with free legal counsel and assistance. These private sessions include legal advice, preparation of legal documents, explanation and execution of documents and more. This invaluable service is provided free of charge regardless of economic status, faith, place of residence, gender or nationality. Over 500 families benefit from AKIM’s legal aid each year, because we believe that everyone has the right to inclusion.

The Book of Rights

The Book of Rights Information on rights of people with disabilities is spread across several authorities, ministries and organizations. AKIM’s legal department stays on the cutting edge of the evolving legal landscape, gathering all relevant information, and condensing it into a relatable and user-friendly Book of Rights. Published in both Hebrew and Arabic, this comprehensive book covers all rights and benefits available in Israel. The text is available online and is also distributed free of charge to families, welfare departments, and social workers – ensuring that all people have a clear understanding of their rights.

Our Programs & Services

Through our programs and services, and a person-centered approach, we directly enrich, influence, and enhance the lives of Israelis with intellectual disabilities and their families in communities across Israel.