Akim opens employment center for mentally disabled

June 25, 2013 23:34

The NGO Akim – which works to advance the habilitation of children and adults with mental disabilities in Israel – inaugurated a new center this week in Karmiel aimed at training and developing the skills of the mentally disabled and helping them find employment.

The center, which was founded in collaboration with the Karmiel municipality, the Welfare Ministry, the National Insurance Institute and the Shalem Foundation, is expected to serve about 100 people from the Jewish and Arab sectors.

Akim chairman Ami Ayalon said the goal of the initiative is that after training at the center, people with mental disabilities will be able to “work independently on the free market.”

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