New programs providing academic training
"Equal in Education" at the Academic College Levinsky-Wingate 
The first group of 'Equal in Education' students with faculty members
This month, AKIM launched the "Equal in Education" program at the Levinsky-Wingate Academic Center.

The pioneers of this ground-breaking program, 8 motivated young women, are fulfilling a dream to work with children in the field of education. The goal of the program is to teach and train people with intellectual disabilities to work as assistants in kindergartens. This is a win-win as the program allows equal opportunity for self-actualization in the realms of higher learning and career path.  At the same time it fills a need within Israeli society as the field is experiencing a shortage of quality educational staff.

AKIM is very grateful to those who spearheaded the program and converted a dream into a reality, notably Meirav Tzohar-Rozen, Head of the Department of Special Education at Levinsky, and Oshrat Gruman, Director of Employment Programs at AKIM.  The program is a collaboration between AKIM, Levinsky Academic Center and the Ministry of Welfare and Social Services.
We are positive that these 8 pioneers will bring much light to pre-school education in Israel while paving the path for many more students.  Read more...
"Keilim Shluvim" at Bar Ilan University 
Members of the "Keilim Shluvim" Ensemble performing with members of the Israel Opera 
Members of the Musical Ensemble "Keilim Shluvim" recently performed for a 'sell-out' crowd at The Israeli Opera  in Tel Aviv. They dazzled the audience with a fantastic performance, complemented by opera singers from the Meitar Opera Studio. The show was another milestone for the talented performers from this highly successful program
The unique two year academic program enables people with intellectual disabilities who love music and have an interest in the music profession, to enjoy life on campus, in a framework adapted to their preferences allowing them to realize potential. The curriculum focusses on reinforcing self-esteem and a sense of pride and belonging. The students receive training, practical experience, employment skills, and guidance in pursuing suitable emplyment. 
The program features a diverse curriculum that combines theoretical and practical units such as the history of music, voice awareness and vocal pedagogy, choir, soloism, performing, composing, recording, studio work and the art of sound mastering. Students are provided free time to explore subjects of their interest utilizing resources on the campus.

Graduates are qualified to work in the music industry, in studios as well as libraries and any other venues.  A group of graduates are currently employed by musician Idan Reichel.
This program is a partnership between AKIM, Bar-Ilan University and the Ministry of Welfare and Social Services.
𝗧𝘂𝗿𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗗𝗮𝗿𝗸𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗼 𝗟𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 𝗶𝗻 𝗕𝗲𝗶𝘁 𝗦𝗵𝗲’𝗮𝗻
Liel, a volunteer in the Equal in Uniform program, was waiting for a ride to his base at the bus station near his home. A police patrol noticed Liel, who was wearing sneakers with his IDF uniform (based on a leniency for Equal in Uniform volunteers) and decided to stop and question him.
After a brief conversation, the police realized that Liel was in no way a threat to public security and released him.
Liel arrived at the base that morning a bit shaken by the experience. He reported to his commanders about his encounter with the police. In response, they initiated a meeting with police chief superintendent Rona Morad in order that there shouldn’t be a repeat experience.

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To make Israel a better place for people with intellectual disabilities: a warm, inclusive and respectful society, enabling self-actualization & offering equal opportunity while recognizing diversity.