The mission of ALUT is to ensure the well-being, rehabilitation, economic status, and future of people with autism in Israel.
Established in 1974 by parents of children with autism, today ALUT is Israel’s predominant resource for families coping with autism and pervasive developmental disorders (PDD). Its $30 million annual operating budget, 1,400 person staff and network of 400 volunteers allows ALUT to offer a comprehensive array of services for families, beginning at the time of diagnosis through adulthood.
The Syndrome: Autism belongs to the group of developmental disorders known as "Pervasive Developmental Disorders" (PDD), characterized by severe impairment to three areas of development: social interaction, communication and behavior. The disorder affects people's ability to respond to others and develop normal mutual relations with them. The syndrome is caused by a disorder in the functioning of the brain. Autism is diagnosed at birth and usually lasts throughout an individual's lifetime. It is one of the most serious disorders and is sometimes combined with aspects of retardation.
Thousands of individuals in Israel have been diagnosed with autism. Today the statistics show that 1:100 babies will be diagnosed with autism in Israel. Before the establishment of ALUT, the only option available to autistic children and adults was placement in psychiatric hospitals.
2014 President's Award for Volunteers
Special Consultant to the United Nations