Elsewhere On The Web: In Israel, Autism Is The Cause Celebre
04/09/2013 - 11:54
Helen Chernikoff
Beth Steinberg
Beth Steinberg

Greetings, earthlings, and welcome to an occasional and possibly regular New Normal feature, "Elsewhere On The Web," in which I'll roam the Internets in search of good stuff for you to read.

Today I didn't have to look far because our very own blogger Beth Steinberg popped this article, which she co-wrote, into my inbox. It ran on Ynet, got picked up on JTA and will also be featured on Ha'aretz, in Hebrew. Beth and coauthor Miriam Avraham run Shutaf, a provider in Israel of year-round activities for children with special needs ages 6 to 21. Below is an excerpt; click here for the rest of their piece.

Where’s the disabilities money?

Listen up, Bibi, Yair, Shai, and Naftali. Autism isn’t the only disability in need of attention. Will 2013 be the year that the Israeli government puts the needs of all people with disabilities front and center - men, women, children, and their families - who deal with disability; cognitive, physical, emotional, each and every day?

Will new Welfare and Health be willing to admit that Autism is only one in a long list of disabilities in need of proper attention?

Autism has become the label of the moment - the cause célèbre, if you will - in the world of disability, pushing aside the needs of all people, children in particular, with other developmental disabilities. It’s an inequity that has caused a growing need in many an overburdened municipality such as Jerusalem, a city that lacks the funds to properly handle educating and supporting the growing numbers of children diagnosed with a range of learning issues that include Autism spectrum disorder, as well as other developmental challenges. That means quality programs, including school, after school, and day camps during longer vacation periods for all children and teens.

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