The Autism Center at Assaf Harofeh Medical Center
Assaf Harofeh Medical Center has allocated a building, on its hospital grounds, to ALUT for the operation of a diagnostic and research center for autism.
Currently, ALUT operates a model of its future Autism Center. This facility was established by ALUT and Dr. Ditza Zachor, as a pilot treatment model.
Diagnosing autism as early as possible is a crucial factor that affects the outcome. Therefore, it is of great importance to have a center that specializes in early diagnosis of autism using the most current diagnostic methods.
Currently, the clinic provides diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) to children as early as 18 months (and even earlier), to adulthood.
ALUT is planning to expand the services of the Autism Center and to establish a national center of excellence that will provide state-of-the-art evaluation, treatment, planning and clinical research into promising new methods of treating autism. The National Autism Center will offer a unique opportunity to address the complex needs of children with autism.
As advances in neuroscience, molecular biology, genetics, pharmacology and behavioral sciences are making inroads into understanding and addressing autism, the Center will draw from all these disciplines to conduct collaborative research with various academic institutions in Israel. Our vision is that the Autism Center will be uniquely positioned to take advantage of exceptional expertise in the research community and will help researchers from different fields acquire a deeper understanding autism. International collaboration will also be feasible and encouraged. Additionally, the Autism Center will serve as an information resource for evaluation and treatment of autism for the entire country.
Asaf Harofeh Medical Center has already allocated land belonging to the hospital for the purpose of building a new and modern facility for the new Center.
ALUT is now looking for donations towards building the new Center. The expected cost is $10,000,000.