Children on the autistic spectrum that are recognized by the Office for the Care of the Autistic and P.D.D. Population of the Ministry of Social Services, and who live with their parents, are eligible to receive special services such as after school care, mini-vacations and a personal mentor.
Services Given in the Community for Children
- Infants from 1-3 years old are entitled to rehabilitative daycare or integration into a normal daycare, according to their level of functioning.
- For additional information see Daycare Centers for Toddlers with Autism.
- Children above the age of 3 are entitled to financial assistance for a support worker at home for a few hours in the afternoon.
- Receiving this support depends on the family status and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services budget.
- Eligible families must decide between receiving financial assistance for a support worker or for childcare.
- A "moadonit" is a therapeutic educational framework in the afternoon, through which personal and group therapy is provided to improve social skills.
- You must choose between receiving assistance for support services or an after-school childcare facility.
- For more information on the "moadonits" around the country, see the following links:
- Autistic children are entitled to a mini-vacation at a “nofshon”, which are special facilities for short-terms stays, especially over weekends and school vacations.
- Entitlement is for 15 days per year, without the option to accrue days.
- You can see more information about the “nofshonim” run by ALUT during school vacations on the “News” page of the Beit Lauren website.
- For more information on "nofshonim", please visit the Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services website.
- During summer vacation and holidays, there are special camps for people with autism ages 3-21.
- Eligibility is 3 times per year, each time for 4-5 days.
- The camps are day camps and do not include sleeping arrangements.
- See the ALUT website for sites that host camps.
- You can find up-to-date information about the camps on the news feed of the Beit Lauren website.
Who is eligible?
- Autistic children living with their parents who have been recognized by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services – Office for the Care of the Autistic and P.D.D. Population.
How to claim it?
- You must first be recognized by the Ministry of Social Affairs. For details regarding the recognition process, see: Recognition by the Office for the Care of the Autistic and P.D.D. Population.
- At the end of the recognition process, you may contact your local office of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services to receive the specific services.
- A child who is receiving support services cannot also be in an after-school childcare facility, and vice versa.
- The Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services – Office for the Care of the Autistic and P.D.D. Population
- See also The Autistic Spectrum - Community Services on the "Kol "HaBriut" website of The Ministry of Health.
Laws & Regulations
- Provision 10.1 of the Social Work Regulations: Policy for the Treatment of People with Autism/Extensive Developmental Disorders
- Provision 10.3 of the Social Work Regulations: Community Services for People with Autism/Extensive Developmental Disorders Who Are Living at Home
- Provision 10.5 of the Social Work Regulations: “Nofshon”/Short-term Stays for People with Autism
- ALUT’s Booklet of Rights for Children on the Autism Spectrum
- Original translation performed by The Shira Pransky Project as part of a grant from The Fellowship Fund.