Asperger's Syndrome is a neurological, developmental disorder expressed mainly by social and emotional difficulties. The syndrome, first described in 1944 by Dr. Hans Asperger, an Austrian pediatrician, is characterized by social difficulties, communication difficulties, excessive focus on narrow areas of interest, motor clumsiness and unusual sensory responses. Those with AS have normal or sometimes higher than average intelligence, good verbal abilities and an excellent memory for details; however, there is a significant gap between these abilities and the person's daily functioning. The DSM-5, from 2013, defines Asperger's Syndrome under the general name ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder (autism spectrum). This page deals with the rights and services for people with Asperger's Syndrome. Comprehensive information about rights can be found on the Autism portal page.
- Children with Asperger's Syndrome generally learn or are integrated into the regular education system.
Military and National Civil Service
- Following a change in the IDF profiling system, youth with Asperger's Syndrome can be recruited into regular service in the IDF. For additional details, see IDF Service for Youth with Asperger’s Syndrome.
- Youth who have received an exemption from military service can:
- There are special programs that prepare young people for their service:
- Getting a driver's license may be conditional, depending on the case, on a review by the Medical Institute for Road Safety is required.
- For more information see: Medical tests for driving by Medical Institute for Road Safety.
Programs in Different Fields
- Reim Program - Social Groups for People with Communication Difficulties (for youth and adults)
- Dror Program at Tel Aviv University - preparation for academic programs, work and independence for young people on the Autism Spectrum