Studies confirm Autism diagnosis low in Israeli populations

Israel – A study recently conducted by child psychologist, developmental specialist and chairmen of the Israeli Association of Child Development and Rehabilitation Dr. Mitchell Shertz showed that autism is less common in ultra-Orthodox and Arab communities. The study looked at Meuhedet health maintenance organizations data of 450,000 children up to age 18 and found that […]

Symposium finds that lower percentage of ultra-Orthodox and Arabic children diagnosed with autism

Israel – The Times of Israel reports that there is a lower percentage of ultra-Orthodox and Arabic children diagnosed with autism compared with the general population. As Autism Daily Newscast reported earlier this week, Autism researchers from Israel and Canada where at a Givat Ram, Hebrew University’s Edmond J. Safra Campus,this week for the first […]

Israel takes a leadership role in autism research

Earlier this week the Hebrew University of Jerusalem hosted researchers from Canada and Israel attending the first Canada-Israel Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Symposium. The purpose was to bring together the leading researchers from the two countries to discuss the latest findings and possible avenues of research. To foster greater understanding on the potential impact of these […]

Israeli intelligence army unit benefit from using autistic soldiers

Israel – A number of operational successes on behalf of the Israeli Defense Forces or IDF has been accredited to a number of autistic soldiers who have dedicated their specialist talents to a specific intelligence unit. Israels’ channel 10 reported the success of the Israeli satellite unit, who are responsible for analysing data from satellites […]

$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 […]