In 1951, a small group of parents of people with intellectual disabilities from Tel Aviv founded AKIM. Since then, AKIM grows, and nowadays, it becomes the national organization for people with intellectual disabilities and their families, representing over 35,000 people with intellectual disabilities and their 140,000 family members from all parts of the country and from different communities: Jews and Arabs, religious and secular.
We, at AKIM, believe that including people with disabilities in the general society helps us to become a better society. We see diversity as an asset. When a society is inclusive towards people with intellectual disabilities, the change of attitudes influences other aspects of its members’ lives, making them more tolerant towards “others” and more open to those of different gender, faith, and culture.
Following this belief, we draw our vision: To make the Israeli society a better place for people with intellectual disabilities and their families: a respecting, warm, and accepting society that facilitates self-realization, in acknowledgment of difference, and with a commitment to equal opportunities.
AKIM succeeds in improving the quality of life of people with intellectual disabilities in Israel. We are doing so by advocating for inclusive education, community living, and employment opportunities for all, supporting them to take part in the military service, helping them to write the story of their lives, and make the society hear their voices.
We encourage you to learn more about our work by visiting this website or communicate with us.
Admiral (Ret.) Ami Ayalon
Chairman of AKIM ISRAEL