September 2022 - Rosh Hashana 5783 
"Connecting 2022" - National Self-Advocacy Conference
Conference hosts: Rahib Diab, coordinator of self-advocates from the Arab sector, and Yafit Abergail, outstanding self-advocate from Shoham.
AKIM's 3rd self-advocates conference, "Connecting 2022", took place last week at the Ono Academic College and brought all 400 participants to new heights of enthusiasm and optimism. The gathering featured 300 self-advocates with IDD from 38 groups from across the country who united to hear each other and make their voices heard in the spirit of "nothing about us, without us". 
The program included recognition of deserving stand-out self-advocates, artistic performances of music, dance and blessings from AKIM's leadership - CEO Sigal Peretz Yahalomi, Chairman Rabbi Dr. Benny Lau, and Advocacy Department Director Gery David. The conference was a huge success and the program was  empowering and inspiring to all those in attendance. It was testimony as to how far self-advocacy has come.   See photos from the conference
Recognition at the Conference Awarded to AKIM Trailblazers 
Bat-el Zerach from Ramla - presenter on radio 106 FM; Hasan Jibli from the village of Umm Al Janam - outstanding volunteer in the "Equal in Uniform" program; and Roy Ernst from AKIM's Modiin branch - a graduate of a pre-military training academy, are the winners of the "Akim Award for Trailblazers" in memory of Nadra Gentazi. They were all deserving of the award thanks to their impressive achievements.
A Year of New Beginnings
New Day Centers Throughout the Country 
September 1st was a packed day full of new and exciting beginnings at AKIM with the opening of five new day centers- in Yad Binyamin (Nachal Sorek), Eilabun, Modiin, Moshav Yael in the Gilboa region, and in Afula.. The new centers will enable people with severe disabilities to enjoy a supportive day framework within the local community, near their place of residence.  Read more...
Cutting the Ribbon in MODI'IN 
In an exciting ceremony, AKIM's new day center was inaugurated in the city of Modiin earlier this month. The center enables people with disabilities who are residents of the region to enjoy a daily framework adapted to their needs close to home and within the local community. AKIM places great importance on developing services in the community and continues to work to establish more and more state of the art centers throughout the countryRead more...

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