$75 million autism center to open in Jerusalem

$75 million autism center to open in Jerusalem – Hebrew University and Hadassah Medical Center plan to host Mideast region’s first interdisciplinary university-based autism center. By Abigail Klein Leichman       As cases of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) continue to increase around the world, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Hadassah Medical Center  plan to establish […]

Israel plans to build the first-ever interdisciplinary autism center in the Middle East

Jerusalem —- After conducting an in-depth study on its planned interdisciplinary autism center project for some time, Israel has finally announced that it will push through with what could be the first-ever interdisciplinary autism center in the entire Middle East. The construction of the $75 million project will be a joint collaboration between the Hadassah […]

Israeli Defense Forces’ “Watching the Horizon” continues to help individuals with autism

Tel Aviv — Roim Rachok, or “Watching the Horizon“, is the first-ever program for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) that teaches decoding and interpreting satellite images. Individuals with autism are often very keen on details and have no problems following routines, and this is why the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) saw the job of […]

Bar Mitzvah for children with autism in Israel causing feud between mayor and school officials

Rehovot, Israel — Earlier in May we reported about a looming feud between Rehovot’s mayor and Masorti leaders who run a local school for special needs children.Israeli mayor stops Bar Mitzvah ceremony for children with autism The conflict stemmed from a Bar Mitzvah which the school officials supposedly planned for its special needs students. The […]

Former Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman apologises for his use of the term ‘autistic’

The news outlet, the Jewish Press reported today that in a radio interview broadcast on Voice of Israel radio, former Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman, used insensitive language directed towards Prime Minister Netanyahu on the issues surrounding support for a two-state solution. He used the term “autistic” in order to describe Netanyahu’s behavior and state of mind. He […]

Israeli mayor stops Bar Mitzvah ceremony for children with autism

Rehovot, Israel — The mayor of Rehovot, Israel is being accused of imposing his religious beliefs on a special needs school in his municipality after sanctioning a rule on school officials that hinders the staff from pushing through with the school’s Bar Mitzvah ceremony for children with autism. Mayor Rahamim Malul, who appears to be […]

Teens with autism join Israeli Army to decipher aerial photos

Jerusalem — Soldiers on the autism spectrum were employed by the Unit 9900 of the s to decipher aerial photos taken by military satellites. The decipherers, who are volunteers mostly still in their teens, are in charge of interpreting and decoding 3D satellite images— a job that requires constant attention to detail and long hours of […]

Tel Aviv University may have found gene that is cause of autism in boys

Tel Aviv , Yafo, Israel – A recent study suggests that a gene called ADNP may be the cause of autism in boys and Alzheimer’s in older women. The study was conducted at Tel Aviv University and was lead by Professor Illana Gozes who holds the Lily and Avraham Gildor Chair for the Investigation of […]

NGO and Justice Ministry launch logo for individuals with intellectual disabilities

Tel Aviv, Israel – A new logo designed for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities has been unveiled in a joint initiative between a local non-profit organization and the Justice Ministry. The logo is intended to serve as a nationally recognized symbol and will thus assist those with various intellectual impairments when they are out […]

Rabbi leads Birthright trip for young individuals with autism

Jersualem, Israel — Taglit-Birthright is a non-profit organization that sponsors all-expense paid heritage trips for young Jews to Israel. Just before the year ended, Birthright organized a heritage trip that was slightly different than most of the other ones held in the past— a trip especially arranged for young individuals with autism. Led by Rabbi […]