MISSILE ATTACKS ON THE SOUTHERN PART OF ISRAEL- OUR CONCERN IS FOR THE AUTISTIC PEOPLE AND THEIR FAMILIES
As you probably hear on the news, the Southern part of Israel is now under continues Missiles attacks of the Palestinian terrorist. Approximately every seven minutes the warning sirens go off in one of the cities of the South. People have only 20 seconds to get to a shelter before the Missile hits. This is an unbearable situation for everyone, but especially for people with autism who are easy to fall into anxiety and their responses may be unexpected. The families with autistic children are under a lot of stress, since they have to help and protect their autistic children, while also taking care of their other children. ALUT is now directing resources to helping these families helping them in each and every way possible- both physically and mentally. Also at ALUT's frameworks in the South the staff is working more hours and at full power to help the children remain safe and calm. We all hope and pray for better and quieter days.
ALUT MARKS 40 YEARS OF ACTIVITY
ALUT- the Israeli Society for Autistic Children was established by parents 1974. The need for unified forces of parents was desperate back then, when the autistic disorder was hardly recognized let alone treatment. Into this vacuum of knowledge entered the founders of ALUT, and began fighting for their children's rights and for the improvement of treatment and services in all aspects of life. They established a special education school, specializing in autism and care giving centers. Now, 40 years later, ALUT is Israel’s predominant resource for families coping with autism syndrome disorder (ASD). ALUT took the time this year- its 40th year- to salute the founding parents and mark the organization's achievements throughout the years, in a memorable event.
Maybe symbolically, ALUT achieved both national and international recognition on its 40th anniversary: ALUT was honored to receive a Special Consultant Status by the ECOSOC (Economic and Social) Committee of the United Nations. As such, ALUT will serve as a consultant to the UN on matters concerning autism and will be able to share its vast knowledge and experience with many other countries throughout the world.
Also, President Shimon Peres granted ALUT the Israeli Award for Volunteers. This award is wonderful token of appreciation for the most devoted volunteer work of parents for their and others' autistic children.
PAINTINGS BY PEOPLE WITH AUTISM PRESENTED AT THE UNITED NATIONS
ALUT assembled and, together with the Israeli Mission to the UN, presented an exhibit of beautiful paintings, all created by children and adults with autism at ALUT's Homes for Life and Occupational Centers. The guest of honor, Secretary-General of the U.N. Mr. Ban was highly impressed by the colorful artistic and lively drawings. The Israeli ambassador to the U.N. stated how proud he was that Israel continues year after year to raise the worldwide awareness to the issue of disabled people in general and specifically of people with autism.
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