Autistic toddlers (ages 1-3) are entitled to daycare which is suited to their needs (either a rehabilitative daycare center or integration into a regular daycare center),
Toddlers who are in designated frameworks and on the autistic spectrum are eligible for advanced healthcare
Click here for information from the Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services – Office for the Care of the Autistic and P.D.D. Population website
Rehabilitative Daycare Centers
- According to the Rehabilitative Daycare Center Law, toddlers with disabilities, including autism, are eligible to receive treatment and education in the framework of designated daycare facilities.
- The toddlers are cared for by a professional staff and a personal educational plan is customized for each child according to his/her needs and abilities.
- As part of the daycare center, the toddlers receive healthcare services funded by the Ministry of Health including 14 weekly hours of direct and indirect paramedical treatments such as: speech therapy, occupational therapy, psychotherapy, etc.
- Parents may have to pay a co-pay in accordance with with the follow conditions
- A child attending a rehabilitative daycare center is entitled to escorted transportation from home to the center and back (the local authority is responsible for the escort and the transportation).
- Click here for a list of rehabilitation daycare centers on the Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services website
- Click here for more information about Alutaf daycare centers from the ALUT website
- Click here for a list of relevant facilities (including rehabilitative daycare centers) on the Association for Children at Risk’s website
- Click here for more information about Ezer Mizion’s daycare center in Bnei Brak
Individual Integration into Regular Daycare
- Toddlers who can be integrated into a regular daycare facility are entitled to the accompaniment of an aide in a regular private or public daycare facility under the supervision of the State.
- For more information see aides to integrate toddlers with special needs into daycare centers
Who is eligible?
- Toddlers up to the age of 3 who are recognized as autistic 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?
- Refer to your local social services department in order to be recognized by the Office for the Care of the Autistic and P.D.D. Population
- For details regarding the process, see: Recognition by the Office for the Care of the Autistic and P.D.D. Population.
- The Health Ministry funds an Advanced healthcare plan for toddlers who are on the autistic spectrum.
- The Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services – Office for the Care of the Autistic and P.D.D. Population
Laws & Regulations
- Rehabilitative Daycare Center Law
- Provision 10.1 of the Social Work Regulations: Policy for the Treatment of People with Autism/Extensive Developmental Disorders
- Provision 10.2 of the Social Work Regulations: Parental Co-Pay for Children with Autism/Extensive Developmental Disorders who need daily assistance
- Addendum A to Provision 10.2 of the Social Work Regulations: Chart of the co-payments that a parent must pay for the daily treatment of children who have intellectual/developmental limitations, disabilities, autism or blindness between the ages of 0-3.
- Provision 10.3 of the Social Work Regulations: Community Services for People with Autism/Extensive Developmental Disorders Living at Home
- Provision 8.10 of the Social Work Regulations: Placement of Toddlers in a Daycare/Childcare Center – Implementation of the Toddlers at Risk Law (The Right to Daycare), 5760-2000 and the Integration of Toddlers with Special Needs
- The Safe Transport of Children and Toddlers with Special Needs Law
- The original information on this page was based on 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.