Introduction:

Children on the autism spectrum may choose from a number of different options when deciding on a school to meet their needs
See the Alut website to search for different frameworks available in the various areas around the country.
For more information see the Portal for Parents of Children with Special Needs on the Ministry of Education website.


As part of the Special Education Law, school-age autistic children are eligible for a number of placement options according to their functioning capacity.

School for Children with Autism/P.D.D.

  • Special education schools designed for children who have been diagnosed with autism/P.D.D. have at least 4 classes, with 5-8 students in each class.
  • Each class is staffed with a special education teacher and an aide.
  • Some of these schools are designed for students ages 6-21, while others are only for primary school-age children or high school-age children.
  • The school year continues until August 15, and the extended daily schedule ends at 16:45.
  • The students are entitled to meals, escorted transportation, paramedical treatments provided by the Ministry of Education (approximately 2.9 hours/week), and more.
  • A student may only be placed in such a school after a placement committee has determined that he/she is eligible for a special education framework.


Special Education School

Communication Class

  • Special education classes located in regular schools, which are designed for children who have been diagnosed with autism/P.D.D.
  • Between 5-8 students are in each class.
  • Each class is staffed with a special education teacher and an aide.
  • The school year continues until August 15 (except for middle school and high school which continue until August 5), and the extended daily schedule ends at 16:45.
  • The students are entitled to meals, escorted transportation, paramedical treatments provided by the Ministry of Education (approximately 2.9 hours/week), and more.
  • A personalized educational plan is prepared at the beginning of the year for each communication class student.
  • In order to request placement in a communication class, the local authority’s education office must be contacted and a request for a placement committee hearing must be submitted.

Individual Integration in a Regular School

  • Some children may be individually integrated into a regular classroom setting.
  • In addition to the classroom teacher, there is also an integration aide who is responsible for integrating the student into the class and accompanying the student between 7-30 hours per week according to the student’s functioning capacity.
  • Additionally, each child is entitled to an integration basket, which includes remedial instruction, creative and expressive therapy, paramedical treatments, instruction from the treatment staff, and more.
  • In order to be integrated into a regular school, register the child for the school and then contact the school principal to request an integration committee hearing.
  • See recommendations for parents involved in integration of their children on the information page of ALUT.

Aid organizations

Government agencies

Laws & Regulations

Additional Publications

Booklet of Rights for Children on the Autism Spectrum.

Credits