• Issue: December 2001
  • Artist: Yaffa Dahan
  • Designer: Y. Granot
  • Stamp Size: 30.8 mm x 40 mm
  • Plate no.: 461 - two phosphor bars
  • Sheet of 15 stamps Tabs: 5
  • Printers: Government Printers
  • Method of printing: offset

AKIM is the National Association for the Rehabilitation of the Mentally Handicapped. In Israel there are some 30,000 infants, children, teenagers, adults and senior citizens who are mentally handicapped. Most cannot live independently and all need professional care and attention. Their plight affects at least 120,000 members of families. AKIM, founded in 1951 by a group of parents, today draws on the expertise and dedication of hundreds of professional workers and volunteers all over the country and is the largest provider of programs and services for this highly vulnerable group.

Most of AKIM's activities and initiatives are funded by donations and its finances are now under additional pressure due to the arrival of massive numbers of Russian and Ethiopian immigrants in recent years.

We at AKIM believe, that every mentally handicapped person is entitled to
studies and education, suitable to his/her potential and to a full life in its various facets: accommodation, employment and leisure.

With headquarters in Tel-Aviv, AKIM has an extensive network of 56 branches that extend from Kiryat Shmona in the north to Eilat in the south. The branches, run by parents, volunteers and professionals, represent the wellbeing of the mentally handicapped in their area and their families, particularly their interaction with the authorities.

AKIM professionals provide individualized, focused support and are committed to continually identifying problems, as well as opportunities, in the service of people with mental disabilities.

AKIM funds and operates a large range of services for persons with mental disabilities: day nurseries, kindergartens, residential facilities for adults, hostels, apartments within the community, employment programs, placement in the free market, and leisure activities.

AKIM has a high profile in advocating for those who are disadvantaged due to mental handicap. AKIM supports and orients families in topics related to their children's rights.

AKIM-Israel is a voluntary association, funded by donations. These contributions help AKIM make dreams come true for these special people.

Ronit Jana-Kashmon
Chairperson AKIM

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50 years of AKIM - association for the rehabilitation of the mentally handicapped