Friends of AKIM USA, Inc.
Friends of AKIM USA, a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization was created in 1979 to support AKIM Israel. AKIM Israel was found in 1951 by parents of mentally handicapped children who decided to take control of their children’s lives and promote their quality of life. Today that organization – AKIM Israel- is the largest and most comprehensive provider of programs and services for the mentally handicapped in Israel.
With headquarters in Tel-Aviv, AKIM has an extensive network of 64 branches throughout Israel. These 64 branches are operated by parents of the mentally handicapped, 2000 volunteers and 300 professionals.
AKIM’s services range from a vigorous advocacy program advancing the rights of the mentally handicapped, to kindergartens and nurseries, after-school activities, group homes, job training, recreational programs and special “holidays” for adults, as well as support and education for parents.