Meet 23 year old Shira Tsubari and her 19 year old brother Elkana. They completed a challenging and emotional year making the transition from living in an institution to community living in an AKIM apartment in Tel Aviv.

Though Shira and Elkana will not elaborate with words, their joy from the move to the independence of community living, can be seen on the glow of their faces and in their eyes.

Their mother Tamara elaborates: “In each child there exists great potential waiting to be fulfilled at the personal and social levels. As parents, we just have to listen to our children, follow our inner voice and act upon it. I thank AKIM’s dedicated staff for their guidance and support along the way.”