akima Specialties serves the community at large by providing meaningful work and life skills training for people with disabilities.
Providing local employers with well trained, dependable, and loyal employees
Helping the disabled to find employment in the community and providing job coaching to help with the transition until the client is comfortable in the workplace.
Advocating for freedom of choice for the disabled, and supporting the individual’s rights to those decisions.
Providing work skills training and jobs in our facility (the only actual production facility or “working model” in Yakima), employing 150 people, most of whom have a documented disability.
Advancing social skills for home and the workplace.
Enabling community access: working with the severely disabled and giving them access to community outings and projects.
Providing community education, demonstrating the benefit of hiring a disabled person and how employers can assist the individual to help ensure success.
Getting disabled people out of their homes so they can enjoy being a productive member of the community and society as well as enjoying the benefits of a paycheck and contributing to their own support.
Supporting the families of the disabled, by providing their loved ones with a job and sense of purpose
Reducing the need for public assistance for disabled employees and clients of Yakima Specialties
Integrating disabled members of the community into the greater workforce offers opportunities for increased understanding of the challenges that the disabled face